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Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  2,882 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Includes tales of fairies, changelings, ghosts, witches, saints, the devil, giants, kings, queens, and robbers.
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published December 31st 1987 by Dorset Press (first published 1888)
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This surprised me – I was suspecting this to be very much like the Grimm or Calvino efforts. You know, lots of familiar fairy tales but told in a tippering way with a fetching Irish brogue. If you are after such then you’ll have to jump nearly to the very end of this collection. These stories would possibly come closer to ghost stories in a way. The relationship between the natural and supernatural is more dreamlike in these stories than in what I am used to in fairy tales. There is something mu ...more
Rinda Elwakil
To be reviewed..

that was a good read :)
Morticia Adams
A rich collection of beguiling tales of encounters between Irish peasant-folk and the Daoine Sidhe, the Fairy People, or “fallen angels who are not good enough to be saved, nor bad enough to be lost” as quoted by Yeats in his commentary. Here you will find merrows, changelings, leprechauns, the Banshee, the Pukka, Tir na Nog…..

The stories have been translated or transcribed, quite beautifully, from authentic oral sources by Gaelic specialists who have an imaginative sympathy with this world of m
Anne Holly
I read this as part of my research for a short story I was writing, and it ended up taking up taking longer to read than the story did to write! That doesn't necessarily reflect poorly on the book, though, as I found it quite interesting. Engrossing in parts, even.

Here, Yeats gathers and edits stories and myths from Ireland, largely from the translations and collections of other folklorists. It focuses mainly on the faeries, though it also includes water creatures (i.e. the merrow), witches, gho
دعنا نبدأ بما أزعجني أولًا -_-
حينما تجد المترجم يورد في أحدى هوامش المقدمة أن هذا الكتاب يعد مختصرًا لتلك الحكايا بسبب شدة طولها ، فهذا أعزجني كثيرًا ..أعني إن لم يكن مشروع مثل مشروع "كلمة " هو من سيقدم الترجمة الكاملة لهذه النصوص..فمن الذي سيترجمها كاملة يومًا ما XD
علي أيًا هذا لم يكن ليزعجني لولا أنني وبحق وجدت أن جنيات لاجيني أفضل بمراحل ومراحل ومراحل -لا حاجة لإكررها للمرة الرابعة - من الكتاب السابق الذي قرأته في تلك السلسلة " شجرة الكرز"
في الريفيو الخاص بشجرة الكرز المقدسة قلت أنني لن أت
This is one of my favorite folktale books. This work bring alive the legends and ghost tales of the people of Ireland in the 1900th century and back. My favorite being the Tale of ' Teig O'Kane and the Corpse.'Some of the best ghost stories can be found in these Irish legends and folk tale books.
I love how creepy and morbid so much of this stuff is. Mermen who keep people's souls in cages under the sea? Yes please! Heroic priests! Drunken escapades! Witches and swans! And the most sadistic fairies you'll ever know!
Parrish Lantern
“People think I am merely trying to bring back a little of the old dead beautiful world of romance into this century of great engines and spinning Jinnies. Surely the hum of wheels and clatter of presses, to let alone the lecturers with their black coats and tumblers of water, have driven away the goblin kingdom and made silent the feet of the little dancers.”

W. B. Yeats, then goes on to state that Old Biddy Hart, in her thatched cottage has little use for such opinions, will hold no truck with
In English there is plenty of choice when it comes to Irish folk and fairy tales but if you'd like a Dutch edition, then the stories in Ierse elfenverhalen en andere volksvertellingen uit Ierland, collected by William Butler Yeats. is the book for you!

See also Summer Challenge 2014 (message 45) for a review in Dutch.
I loved this collection. Even though it's large, the stories are short, making it easy to maintain focus. I liked the ending stories which were variations on common fairy tales. I also learned more about fairies and their myths earlier on in the book.
This trifle of a book has more value as a pocket encyclopedia for the basic categories of apparitions that haunt the collective Irish imagination than as a collection of stories worth reading in their own right. The collection does contain a few standouts: the few poems here present are especially beautiful, and “Flory Cantillon’s Funeral” was my particular favorite for its simple, haunting ending. The rest of the stories are not bad, but they either bluster on for two or three pages too many, o ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Una rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cilvēkiem, ko interesē elfi
Labs informācijas avots un baudāma lasāmviela. Kontrastu zeme. Bonuss: stāstītāju balsu un leksikas daudzveidība. Vēl viens bonuss: dokumentalitātes piesitiens, saucot cilvēkus vārdos un uzvārdos, pieminot ciematus un daloties praktiskos apsvērumos, piemēram: ja jūrā redz ūdensmeitas, tad būs vētra; ja redz cilvēka dubultnieku no rīta, tad viss labi, bet ja vakarā, tad tas cilvēks mirs. Stiprs kristietības uzslāņojums: folklora nav šķirta no laika. Dzejnieka Jeitsa dzejisks ievads. Pāris tiešām ...more
If you are a fan of old school folklore, this is the book for you. W.B. Yeats was a well-versed occultist, researcher, and writer in the late 1800s/early 1900s and collected these stories over a period of time. Each tale is set in old Ireland, and will whisk you away to the Emerald Isle for sure.

This is a compilation of stories including tales of mermaids (what the Irish called merrows), fairies (the wee folk or sidhe), old kings and queens, witches, ghosts, giants, and more. I thoroughly enjoye
John Kulm
Part of the appeal of fairytales, for me, is that I want to understand archetypes. That’s why archetypal literature intrigues me: Faust, Zarathustra, or modern examples like The Alchemist, and The Teachings of Don Juan. Irish fairytales have an interesting similarity to contemporary conversations about archetypal encounters and spirit guides.

The Irish fairy tales recorded by Yeats take on a special meaning when seen as archetypal, and understood as the product of the inner-work described by Car
Anna [Floanne]
Abbastanza delusa da questa raccolta di fiabe incentrate sulla mitologia celtica e le credenze popolari della tradizione irlandese. Attirata dal nome del celebre poeta e drammaturgo irlandese, premio Nobel per la letteratura, William Butler Yeats che curò e scelse i racconti e le ballate più rappresentative di vari autori irlandesi, mi ero avvicinata a questo libro con l'aspettativa di scoprire qualcosa di più su folletti e lepricani. In realtà le storie si assomigliano tutte troppo e, se pur ra ...more
It's somewhat hard to rate and review a collection of fairy tales, really--it's not like the usual collection of short stories. However, Yeats managed to put together a number of stories that are quaint and entertaining. Not only that, but he provides notes about the creatures and people found therein, as well as cross-referencing another writer and folklore collector: Lady Wilde (whose own collection I haven't quite gotten around to reading yet). Being rather interested in these sorts of tales, ...more
When he was young, Irish poet William Butler Yeats published two collections of Irish folktales: *Fairy and Folk Tales of the irish Peasantry* (1888) and *Irish Fairy Tales* (1892). Between these two collections, he assembled over 300 tales. He also addresses fairy themes in *Celtic Twilight*, a collection of poetry/nonfiction. Any of these books would be excellent reading for anyone interested broadly in folklore or specifically in Irish stories or Yeats.

This collection includes 19 stories (an
Mary Overton
From Yeats' end notes [note Paracelsus' opinion of scientists]:
"It has been held by many that somewhere out of the void there is a perpetual dribble of souls; that these souls pass through many shapes before they incarnate as men - hence the nature spirits. They are invisible - except at rare moments and times; they inhabit the interior elements, while we live upon the outer and the gross. Some float perpetually through space, and the motion of the planets drives them hither and thither in curre
Mary Anne
Wow, I completely forgot to review this book. Well, I've had this on my physical bookshelf for a few years. Given that I am a smidge Irish (and I like folklore), this was an easy purchase, and one I'm likely to keep.

Granted, I know very little about Irish fairies and folklore beyond major media examples. I do very much like Yeats, but I don't know how representative this book is of Irish tales in general, though I also imagine many folk tales are localized.

Overall I think this is a good collecti
I am a sucker for fairy tales and this beautiful collection of Irish stories is charming and informative. I would appreciate more background and explanation of the key fairy figures but the stories are well written and entertaining. It is like entering a secret world of what people believed for centuries in Ireland. The Irish are very attached to their mythology and when reading these stories they just feel magical. As much as I love other cultures' mythologies and fairy tales the Irish ones jus ...more
Jana Light
This is a collection of disparate tales, so of course it feels a bit uneven when reading straight through, rather than picking one or two to read with specific intention. However, some of the stories are so jarringly short that I was never quite sure how to read the first couple paragraphs, or how invested to get in the characters - this proved to be a little unsettling at times, and also kind of amusing when some stories in my head read like "the woman lost her goose and then BAM SHE DIED BECAU ...more
Una delle prime riscoperte della fiaba irlandese, operata dal grande Yeats. Piacevole, da sbocconcellare o da mandar giù in un pomeriggio ventoso. I sapori celtici sono velati dalla propaganda cattolica, ma anche questa è Irlanda!
Yeats has long been one of my favorite poets; however, I did not expect his re-telling of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales to be up to his poetry standard. With that said, let me say he does an excellent job re-telling these old stories and if you have any interest whatsoever in fairy tales or Irish Mythology, read this book. "The Trooping Fairies" and "Witches, Fairy Doctors" were 2 of my favorite chapters but overall the whole book is a delight to read. It's an easy read, some stories are funny, som ...more
This collection of tales, edited by the poet W. B. Yeats from various other sources, is thorough and generally entertaining. Some of the stories are written in dialect, which can be a bit difficult to navigate if the reader is not accustomed to the liberal use of terms like "Misther" or "troth." There is a heavy emphasis on fairies, banshees, and other mischievous spirits, with only one mention of the notable Irish hero "Fin M'Cool." That aside, this is an enjoyable read and a worthy addition to ...more
Some of the stories were really interesting. But it didn't make up for the fact that it is a very hard read. I can usually breeze through books, but this is probably one of the hardest reads I've ever encountered.

It's worth it if you're super interested in various types of Irish lore, but if you're looking for a quick read this is definitely not your book.
Jan 13, 2014 Emma marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research-faeries
WB. Yeats has two books available legally and free at Project Gutenberg: "Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry"
Pubbed 1888

"Irish Fairy Tales"
Pubbed 1892

These are two separate novels but Goodreads seems easily confused by this.
Roberto Rho
Folclore irlandese a go-go. 2 libri pieni di aneddoti, storie, poesie sul piccolo popolo, ben radicato nelle credenze popolari.
Lee Ann
This is a wonderful collection, and a great resource for anyone who uses Irish folklore for inspiration in their own creative writing (like me). I've read a lot of similar collections over the past year or so, but I think this one was my favorite. It's very concise (unlike Lady Gregory's which, although wonderful as well, dragged on at some points since many of the stories were the same), informative, and overall an entertaining read with many striking, interesting stories and characters. I'm go ...more
Kenny V
Read parts, may read more at some other point.
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William Butler Yeats (pronounced /ˈjeɪts/) was an Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years Yeats served as an Irish Senator for two terms. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, and along with Lady Gregory and Edward Martyn founded the Abbey Theatre, se ...more
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