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Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland

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Twenty folk tales representing hundreds of years of the collective Irish imagination transport readers to a world where everything is alive and anything can happen! Vivid descriptions of battles with giants, dead men who come back to life, humans imprisoned in animals' bodies, heroes with incredible strength, and more.
Paperback, 245 pages
Published June 1st 1975 by Dover Publications (first published 1890)
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The first two thirds of this book are selected seemingly at random, the last third focuses on Fin MacCumhail, Diarmuid, and their peripheral mythos.

This book often sacrifices readability or good story-telling for academic accuracy. He does make some very interesting notes, including an appendix that contains some of the nominal etymology, some of which is quite enlightening. I think he could have sought to provide something a little less technically accurate and a bit more transliterative, thou
I can't count how many times I've picked up this book after finishing it, just to reread a story or two.

While you may love Hans Christian Anderson or the Brothers Grimm, this is something you have to check out. The stories feel similar to our beloved and popular ones, but they have stronger heroines, stronger tests and sillier conquests. Yes, it seems strange that to kill a giant, you have to cut down a tree, to set free a fox, with a duck inside the fox and an egg inside the duck that holds th
Fairy tales, or rather fairy stories, if that's a distinction meaningful outside of my own head, about sons and daughters and Fionn, who is a son, and the things they do, fighting giants, playing games of chance and always losing the third, stealing clothes from magician's daughters who change into swans, fighting the armies of the king of Spain, outwitting hags, getting a hell of a lot of wise and/or magical help to see them through their adventures, marrying up and making out like bandits. The ...more
Tom Carson
This collection of Irish folk tales, as told by Jeremiah Curtin, will most likely be at least slightly enjoyable to anyone who is interested in the subject, and the author’s own explorative introduction does well to give substance to the collection and demonstrate that Curtin is a writer of merit who is concerned with his own understanding of the material.

That said, it is important for the reader to note that these are folk tales as “told” by Curtin rather than “retold” by Curtin, meaning he see
i've been reading a tale or two of this every night before going to sleep - they make very good bedtime stories!

these folk tales are a bit different from those from the continent (which i'm more used to). there's no obvious (to me) "moral" of the story. Fin, the big hero, seems to be fairly ineffectual when asked to use his brain or make a decision -- he's always trying to kill off servants that he likes and respects, because one of his men (obviously jealous of EVERYONE) wants him to. way to go
A.R. Jarvis
This is an awesome book of Irish tales, including some typical fairy tales, and some stories based off the Fin McCool (however that's spelled) cycle. They didn't seem to be stories for McCool, but they were pretty fun to read, if a bit repetitious in parts.
I'm going to buy a copy today. These folktales have the earmarks of good, fun oral tradition: plots veer one way and another but all retain repeating elements, sometimes quests start out with one objective and end up with another, and sometimes things are just fun and weird.
Gabrielle Carolina
It is so fabulous to study the art of Celtic story by reading through the most popular myths and watching for tropes and common practices to inflect upon my own stories!

I HIGHLY recommend this resource.
A. Mary
This is an interesting collection of stories, and worth reading, but don't come to Jeremiah Curtin expecting an Irish cadence or tone to the stories. He is not a cultural insider, but a visitor to the island.
Great retelling of Irish folk stories, but order of the stories can get confusing because the timeline jumps around so much.
A wonderful Christmas gift from Niki. I can't wait to dig in!
Jennifer Ware
Good fun for those researching thier Irish heritage.
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