First written down in the eighth century AD, these early Irish stories depict a far older world - part myth, part legend and part history.
Publisher: Penguin UK
Category: Social Science
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.
The ancient feminine religion of Northern Europe is the lens through which he looks and the landscape becomes a memory, ... in Early Irish Myths and Sagas” —Seamus Heaney (about John Montague), “The Sense of Place,” in Preoccupations ...
Author: Karen Marguerite Moloney
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Category: Literary Criticism
"Explores Seamus Heaney's adaptation of the Celtic ritual known as the Feis of Tara, demonstrates the sovereignty motif's continued relevance in works by Irish poets Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, Eavan Boland, and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, and refutes criticism that charges sexism and overemphasizes sacrifice in Heaney's poetry"--Provided by publisher.
Translations include Gantz, Early Irish Myths and Sagas, 60–106; and Koch and Carey, The Celtic Heroic Age, 166–184. Athairne and Amairgen: This story is found in the Book of Leinster and is translated in Koch and Carey, The Celtic ...
Author: Philip Freeman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Most people have heard of the Celts--the elusive, ancient tribal people who resided in present-day England, Ireland, Scotland and France. Paradoxically characterized as both barbaric and innocent, the Celts appeal to the modern world as a symbol of a bygone era, a world destroyed by the ambition of empire and the spread of Christianity throughout Western Europe. Despite the pervasive cultural and literary influence of the Celts, shockingly little is known of their way of life and beliefs, because very few records of their stories exist. In this book, for the first time, Philip Freeman brings together the best stories of Celtic mythology. Everyone today knows about the gods and heroes of the ancient Greeks, such as Zeus, Hera, and Hercules, but how many people have heard of the Gaulish god Lugus or the magical Welsh queen Rhiannon or the great Irish warrior Cú Chulainn? We still thrill to the story of the Trojan War, but the epic battles of the Irish Táin Bó Cuailgne are known only to a few. And yet those who have read the stories of Celtic myth and legend-among them writers like J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis-have been deeply moved and influenced by these amazing tales, for there is nothing in the world quite like them. In these stories a mysterious and invisible realm of gods and spirits exists alongside and sometimes crosses over into our own human world; fierce women warriors battle with kings and heroes, and even the rules of time and space can be suspended. Captured in vivid prose these shadowy figures-gods, goddesses, and heroes-come to life for the modern reader.
What we read of Irish ancient history and the myths surrounding the ancient hero's are tales concocted from the ... 11 Bernard met with King Henry 1 ofEngland 2 As we read in the introduction to 'Early Irish Myths and Sagas' 'The ...
Author: George Richards
It has been the belief of the Irish people that St. Patrick was the missionary that brought Christianity to Ireland, however this may have been the case. From ancient writings it would appear that Christianity was well established in Ireland hundreds of years before the purported arrival of St. Patrick and it is probable that St. Patrick is another instance of church propaganda to influence the minds of the people.
Author: Miranda Aldhouse-GreenPublish On: 2015-02-02
The Great Medieval Celtic Tales, Oxford, 2007 Delaney, F., Legends of the Celts, London, 1989 Gantz, J., trans., Early Irish Myths and Sagas, London, 1981 Green, M.J., Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend, London and New York, ...
Author: Miranda Aldhouse-Green
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Category: Social Science
Introduces the world of the Celts, their gods and goddesses, heroes, monsters and villains. As well as vividly exploring the tales, the author brings her expertise in the archaeology of the Iron Age and particularly shamanism to bear on the mythical worlds she describes, with evidence as diverse as the Gundestrup Cauldron and the famous bog bodies. Starting with a discussion of how myths are transmitted and by whom, the author continues with an account of the Irish and Welsh myths and their key actors and motifs, before moving on to consider themes such as heroes, animals, women, environment and the Otherworld. Finally, the author asks how the myths survived the Christianization of Europe and looks at the influence of monastic chroniclers on the tales, which they preserved and adapted. Includes more than 80 illustrations
Author: Sharon Paice MacLeodPublish On: 2018-05-21
46. Gantz, Early Irish Myths and Sagas, 119. 47. Ford, The Mabinogi and other Medieval Welsh Tales, 45; Davies, The Mabinogion, 11. 48. Ford, “Celtic Women: The Opposing Sex,” 425; Ross, Pagan Celtic Britain, 387; DIL, feis. 49.
Author: Sharon Paice MacLeod
Category: Social Science
The early medieval manuscripts of Ireland and Britain contain tantalizing clues about the cosmology, religion and mythology of native Celtic cultures, despite censorship and revision by Christian redactors. Focusing on the latest research and translations, the author provides fresh insight into the beliefs and practices of the Iron Age inhabitants of Ireland, Britain and Gaul. Chapters cover creation and cosmogony, the deities of the Gaels, feminine power in narrative sources, druidic belief, priestesses and magical rites.
Gandolfi, C. and J. Gershman, Tales& Songsof Ireland (Peter Gantz,J., Early Irish Myths and Sagas (Penguin Classics, 1981). Green, M.J.,The Godsof the Celts (Allan Sutton, 1986). ——, Symboland Image in Celtic Religious Art(Routledge, ...
Author: Martyn Whittock
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Social Science
A very readable guide which fills the gap between academic analysis and less critical retellings of the myths and legends. Marytn Whittock provides an accessible overview while also assessing the current state of research regarding the origins and significance of the myths. Since all records of the myths first occur in the early medieval period, the focus is on the survival of pre-Christian mythology and the interactions of the early Christian writers with these myths. A wide-ranging and enthralling introduction to Celtic mythology, from the Irish gods before gods, the Fomorians, to the children of Llyr, the sea deity; from the hunter-warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill, whose exploits are chronicled in the Fenian Cycle, to Cú Chulainn, the Hound of Ulster; and from the Welsh heroes of the Mabinogion to Arthur, King of Britain, though the mythical, Welsh version who predates the medieval legends.
Translations of early Irish literature that I have consulted include Myles Dillon, Early Irish Literature (Chicago, 1948); Jeffrey Gantz, Early Irish Myths and Sagas (Harmondsworth, 1981); R. Meger, The Voyage of Bran, 2 vols.
Author: Kathryn L. Reyerson
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
The Medieval Castle was first published in 1991. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.
The translation quoted here is however that of Jeffrey Gantz , see his Early Irish myths and sagas , translated with an introduction and notes ( London 1981 ) , p . 247. If the implication of this is that whirling buildings whirl only ...
Author: Wilhelm Heizmann
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Die Beiträge zum Mittelalter oder zu späteren Epochen behandeln Fragen der Rezeption des Altertums oder Aspekte seiner Kontinuität - z. B. die Germanenrezeption im 20. Jahrhundert und Wissenschaftsgeschichte der Germanistik und Nordistik, der Runologie, Germanischen Altertumskunde und älterer germanischer Sprachen und Literaturen. Dank der unterschiedlichen methodischen Ansätze der international namhaften Autoren entsteht ein umfassendes, facettenreiches Bild der neueren Forschung. Zudem decken die Beiträge das Spektrum der wissenschaftlichen Arbeit und Interessen des Göttinger Runologen und Mediävisten Klaus Düwel ab, dem der Band gewidmet ist.
Author: Robin Chapman StaceyPublish On: 2007-03-12
The Performance of Law in Early Ireland Robin Chapman Stacey. Medieval Irish Lyrics Selected and Translated with The Irish Bardic Poet . Ed . James Carney . ... Gantz , Early Irish Myths and Sagas , 188–218 .
Author: Robin Chapman Stacey
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
In Dark Speech, Robin Chapman Stacey explores the fascinating interaction between performance and law in Ireland between the seventh and ninth centuries.