Celtic Myths and Legends (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

Celtic Myths and Legends (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

by T. W. Rolleston, Allison Carroll
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Celtic Myths and Legends (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) by T. W. Rolleston

Celtic origins, heroes, and stories spring to life in T. W. Rolleston’s classic work, Celtic Myths and Legends.   Spanning thousands of years and across thousands of miles, these myths and legends offer a glimpse into worlds long gone that continue to influence modern culture. 

 

The book includes classical accounts of Celtic tribes in Europe that describe their lives, the ancient gods and world of nature that they worshiped during and after their migrations to Britain and Ireland.  Rolleston also retells stories from the three major cycles of Irish legend and from the ancient Welsh corpus, interspersing these with erudite commentary that aids comprehension of this vast ancient world and its surviving literature. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781411428942
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Series: Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 239,551
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Poet and scholar Thomas William Hazen Rolleston was born in 1857, when the effects of Ireland’s Great Famine were still palpable and the Irish diaspora was in full force. While at Trinity College, Dublin, he won the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for English Verse.  Later, he lived abroad working as a successful journalist and linguistic scholar in both Germany and London.  Rolleston is remembered as a leader of the Irish Literary Revival movement, as an expert translator of Greek and German, and as a prolific scholar,

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Celtic Myths and Legends (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, written about 1911 and reproduced many times, is an important historical and mostly complete view of the Celtic people, their culture, legends, religion, and relation to their influence on the development of western civilisation. However, this is not a book for light reading or for those with limited reading capability. It was written in the scholastic style, prevalant at the time. It is somewhat like a textbook, and was probably intended for collegiate or theological education. What makes this book important to anyone wishing to learn about the Celtic peoples, is the very accurate depiction of the myths and characters that comprise the Celtic pantheon. It not only depicts the mythology, but a very accurate depiction of the historical and cultural development of the Celts throughout Europe. It is well suited to individuals engaged in learning about pagan beliefs, or undergoing study of Celtic mystical belief systems for their spiritual development. Serious readers should not be inhibited from completion of this book, due to it's somewhat difficult and scholastic prose. If you want to learn all the necessary legends that influenced the development of modern Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and (partially) British culture, this book is an essential addition to your library. For more specific information on Celtic witchcraft, Druidic lifestyle, or current adaptations of Celtic paganism, more modern and specific texts would be needed for further study.
thirsting_for_knowledge More than 1 year ago
this book is a good read, but it is a hard one. i thought this book would be better than it was, but in the end it was overall a good book for anyone wanting to delve deeper into the beliefs of the Celtic people.
TWardell More than 1 year ago
The history of the Celts is interesting. How the celts developed through the mixing of tribes through Europe before settling on the British Isles.
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I think it was good but they could of done a better job and it better.
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I picked it up thinking itd be like a collection of celtic fables and myths with some analysis/author input but it was the reverse. You do get your myths but its very hard to follow or enjoy. Think back to highschool text book with foriegn names that are repeated or altered five different times. If you want more of a lecture , this is your book.
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