Where did the the dwarf warriors known as the Fir Bolg, the metamorphosing female warriors, the Shee, the ruling class known as the De Danaan, and the terrible female triple goddess, the Trédedana, in my books come from?

Did you think I merely invented them? You’re certainly right in thinking I might have. I invented many of the others in the books.

In essence I am asking more deeply as to where the inspiration, the background, of my four book epic fantasy novel series come from. If I can sufficiently interest you, my readers, I might be able to inspire you to discover sources that much fewer people are aware of, sources that might well inspire novel ideas, and novel writing.

Roman and Greek myths and legends are simply wonderful, including the Iliad, with its huge list of characters, historical wars, events and magical beings. It has influenced literary, artistic and musical creativity for centuries. The same would apply to the Odyssey, or Ovid’s Metamorphosis. To a lesser extent, Nordic myth has influenced literature and, most particularly, sword and sorcery style fantasy. But there is another rich source that you can readily get a hold of, and indeed be inspired by. This is the Irish Myths and Legends, which date back thousands of years, are rich and complex, involving wars, beautiful maidens, wrathful kings, sorcerors and sorcoresses, magic, mayhem, beings that live for ever. But perhaps even more than the Greeks and Romans, more direct human passions of jealousy, love, hate, covetousness, and lust.

I have certainly found literary inspiration there. That does not mean that I copy their stories. I most definitely do not. But I find an occasional golden nugget of inspiration there and I take it on a new journey of my own. And here is the book that will provide the inspiration:

Irish Myths and Legends, by Lady Gregory, with a preface by W. B. Yeats and introduced by Colm Tóibín. Published by the Folio Society, London 2011.

Irish Myths and Legends
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