Celtic Lore And Legendby Bob Curran
The Celts have always been great storytellers. Across the years, Celtic imagination and belief has spawned a host of heroes, monsters, fairies, spirits, and phantoms, all that have coalesced into a colorful tapestry of lore and legend which has been transmitted from one generation to another. From the earliest legends, told around the fires of the Celtic warriors, through the fireside tales of the rural hearths, to the written word of the polished scribe, these stories have a resonance and an immediacy that is heard to dismiss. They represent a vibrant and unbroken link to the Celtic past. Celtic Lore & Legend includes tales of the heroes and gods from the Great Myth Cycles and tales of witches, ghosts, and fairies- from Sir Walter Scott's Letters on Witchcraft and Demonology and Edmund Burt's Letters from the North of Scotland to Douglas Hyde's Tales of Saints and Sinners and Lady Gregory's Visions and Beliefs in the West of Oreland. It is also a treasure trove of lesser-known stories, such as Sir Walter Scott's Wandering Willie's Tale, James Hogg's The Brownie of the Black Hags, and Don Byrne's A Tale of the Piper.
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The book written by Dr. Bob Curran, Celtic Lore and Legend, is not written like most books. It describes the Celtic culture with the legends supporting what he is saying. He will have a short descriptive passage about the history and the beliefs of the Celts and then have a section of one of the many legends that are still known. It is a helpful book if you are just using it for research or for the knowledge but just reading it for pleasure was rather difficult. It was hard to get into, to just start reading and not realize when you turn the page. So the way it was set up made it more difficult to read cover to cover. The major theme was that each village or town had their own set of myths/legends that were spun to fit them and their lifestyle. He kept proving again and again that the stories changed when you traveled from one place to another. It was emphasized that the names changed along with the setting from region to region but the gist of the story was pretty much the same. I personally love the Celtic culture and was looking forward to reading about it. Though this book was difficult to force my self to read it I still managed to find what I read interesting. One thing I would complain about would be the fact that the whole story/myth/legend or whatnot was not available. The author only put in excerpts from them in it. So I would just starting getting into the story and then it would be over or I would not get the end of it. I believe that I would say that, even though I found the material interesting, I still did not like the book because of the layout of it. The book was about the beliefs of the Celts. About their belief in the Sidhe and how the stone circles were magical. There were the stories from that time period to back up the author¿s findings. The Celts believed in faeries, gods, monsters, heroes, and ghosts. Their belief in these things was their explanation for life and the weird and bad things that happen.