Early Irish Myths And Sagas

Paperback | March 25, 1982

byJeffrey VariousTranslated byJeffrey Gantz

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First written down in the eighth century AD, these early Irish stories depict a far older world—part myth, part legend and part history. Rich with magic and achingly beautiful, they speak of a land of heroic battles, intense love and warrior ideals, in which the otherworld is explored and men mingle freely with the gods. From the vivid adventures of the great Celtic hero Cu Chulaind, to the stunning "Exile of the Sons of Uisliu"—a tale of treachery, honour and romance—these are masterpieces of passion and vitality, and form the foundation for the Irish literary tradition: a mythic legacy that was a powerful influence on the work of Yeats, Synge and Joyce.

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Exerting a powerful influence over the folklore, literature and religious beliefs of all Britons, Irish mythology is the true native religion of the British Isles, and it is steeped in tropes that are as compelling today as they were the day they were born. Early Irish Myths and Sagas collects some of the most beautiful lays and storie...

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First written down in the eighth century AD, these early Irish stories depict a far older world—part myth, part legend and part history. Rich with magic and achingly beautiful, they speak of a land of heroic battles, intense love and warrior ideals, in which the otherworld is explored and men mingle freely with the gods. From the vivid...

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First written down in the eighth century AD, these early Irish stories depict a far older world - part myth, part legend and part history. Rich with magic and achingly beautiful, they speak of a land of heroic battles, intense love and warrior ideals, in which the otherworld is explored and men mingle freely with the gods. From the viv...

First written down in the eighth century AD, these early Irish stories depict a far older world - part myth, part legend and part history. Rich with magic and achingly beautiful, they speak of a land of heroic battles, intense love and warrior ideals, in which the otherworld is explored and men mingle freely with the gods. From the viv...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.85 × 5.2 × 0.9 inPublished:March 25, 1982Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140443975

ISBN - 13:9780140443974

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Table of Contents

Early Irish Myths and SagasIntroduction:
Early Irish Myths and Sagas
The Celts
The Irish
Irish Storytelling
The Irish Manuscripts
The Irish Material
This Translation

Bibliography
A Note on the Pronunciation of Irish Words and Names
A Note on Irish Geography
Map: Early Ireland
Early Irish Myths and Sagas
The Wooing of Étaín
The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel
The Dream of Óengus
The Cattle Raid of Fróech
The Labour Pains of the Ulaid and the Twins of Macha
The Birth of Cú Chulaind
The Boyhood Deeds of Cú Chulaind
The Death of Aife's Only Son
The Wasting Sickness of Cú Chulaind and the Only Jealousy of Emer
The Tale of Macc Da Thó's Pig
The Intoxication of the Ulaid
Bricriu's Feast
The Exile of the Sons of Uisliu

Notes
Index

From Our Editors

Exerting a powerful influence over the folklore, literature and religious beliefs of all Britons, Irish mythology is the true native religion of the British Isles, and it is steeped in tropes that are as compelling today as they were the day they were born. Early Irish Myths and Sagas collects some of the most beautiful lays and stories in the ancient Irish tradition, from stories of the faery realm to the tales that formed the nucleus of Arthurian legend. Rich in imagination and lyrically translated, these stories will make a wonderful addition to any home library.