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Celtic Myth & Legend [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Charles Squire
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3. Februar 2003
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.
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  • Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: Dover Pubn Inc (3. Februar 2003)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0486425118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486425115
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,7 x 13,4 x 2,4 cm
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Celtic Myth and Legend is one of the most comprehensive studies of Celtic myth, legend and poetry every written. This celebrated, classic compendium is now in a new edition, complete with a modern introduction by Sirona Knight. It sets the ancient tales of gods and heroes in the context of the burgeoning interest among spiritual seekers of all persuasions in the ancient Celtic mythical and legendary traditions. Included within Celtic Myth and Legend are stories of all the chief characters of Celtic myth: * The Gaelic gods and the giants they battled. * The "Champions of the Red Branch" of Ulster. * Heroes of the great "Irish Iliad" * Finn and the Fenians. * The gods and heroes of the ancient Britons. * The emergence of King Arthur and his great deeds, along with his Knights of the Round Table. Also included are the original adventures of great heroes and heroines such as Cuchulainn, Diarmail, Ossian. Conan, Emer, Dierdre and Bran. These legendary figures and their epics of magic and might great influenced the writings of authors: Yeats, Dunsany, Edison, Kenneth Morris, Tolkien and Robert E Howard.

Today, amid the revival of interest in Celtic myth and legend, many writers are again drawing heavily on these tales of ancient Britain and Ireland. Here is a book that covers the entire spectrum of this fascinating areas of folklore, with numerous illustrations. It is not a book for scholars only, but for anyone who is interest in the roots of many of the world's finest plays, poems, short stories and novels. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Das Buch ist ein Reprint von 1905. Ich bin über die flotte, gar nicht altertümliche Sprache erstaunt, sowie über den damaligen Wissensstand. Flüssig erzählt, mit Aussprachehilfen, bietet das Buch eine Übersicht über die verschiedenen keltischen spirituellen Vorstellungen und die damit verbundene Literatur.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A classic, but not without a few problems 14. Juli 2001
Von Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This book is a classic, and is one of the best collections of Celtic myth on the market. Maybe _the_ best. Everyone who is a mythophile or a Celtophile should have a copy of this.
That said, it isn't perfect. Most of the flaws in it can be traced to the time in which it was written (1912). First, it stretches too far to compare everything to a Greek or Roman myth. To call the Dagda "Zeus" or Branwen "Aphrodite" is a little inaccurate, in my opinion, but I try to keep in mind the fact that he was presenting the Celtic myths to an audience obsessed with Greek myths. He even mentioned in his foreword that part of the reason for writing the book is because he was bored with poets' constant classical allusions, and wanted to give them a fresh well of legend on whicb to draw. So, in drawing parallels between Celtic and Greek myth, he was probably just trying to translate the Celtic myths into a format that his audience would understand.
The second, and more serious, gripe is Squire's anti-paganism. He buys into every rumor ever spread about Druidic human sacrifice. While at least one body has been found which was probably the victim of sacrifice, there is no evidence I've seen to indicate that the Celtic religion was the bloodbath it has sometimes been made out to be. Human sacrifice seems to have been present but very rare. Squire loves the Celts' stories, but tends to present the people themselves as bloodthirsty savages in dire need of Christianity to "civilize" them. Again, this may just be a product of Squire's times; he might have had to bash paganism just to get his book published in those days. Or the stories of widespread sacrifice may have been more commonly accepted as historical fact. I don't know. But if you can take his bias with a grain of salt, this is an excellent resource for anyone interested in Celtic myth.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great as a text 6. Oktober 2003
Von Andrew Asmundson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
If you're looking for an 'accounting' of Celtic Myths and Legends this is a great book with with a table of pronunciation, a great index for quick reference and an appendix of other recommended books. It is,however, very dry reading.
If you judge the book by the description on the back of the book:
"The romance of Celtic legend is unsurpassed, but many people have only a vague knowledge of the myths and legends of Britain's inhabitants. In this fascinating book, Charles Squire gives an astonishing account of the colourful Celtic characters who are part of the heritage of Great Britain."
The words fascinating, astonishing and colourful all make promises that the book can't keep.
I think that Myths and Legends would be much more accesible to the common man if told by a master storyteller that can grab and hold your attention, this book comes across as an academic study.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good beginning 2. Juli 2001
Von "darkewolf" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This book is great for the beginning reader of celtic mythology. Although it is fairly heavy reading it covers many points (not always in great depth) that can then be followed up in other books.
A very useful purchase that is opened at least once a week in my household for reference reasons.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good overview with some stretching... 18. Juni 2001
Von A. M. Vincent - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Although slightly outdated (the book was first publised in 1905), this book still provides a good overview of the major players in Irish and British mythology. The few flaws the book contains derive mainly from the author's need to show that every myth has parallels in other cultures (wittness the "Irish Illiad")
This approach does lead to some stretching, at least on the part of the reader; I, personally, lack the linguistic background to find the author's claim that Nimue and Vivian are both direct derrivations of Rhiannon obvious, and he offers no background or proof. However, he provides some wonderful insight into the sources of myths that still permeate our culture, and for that reason alone this book is worth reading.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen If you want entertainment... buy a different book 15. September 2002
Von Susan Schneider-CPC - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Celtic Myth and Legend
Revised Edition
by Charles Squire
I'm not sure why, but as of late I've begun to feel "culture envy". Since Canada is such a young country it has very little history and even less in the way of traditions, that it hasn't borrowed from other cultures and countries.
It's kind of sad, too, that the best definitions of Canada actually come from beer commercials! My family, third or fourth generation Canadian, didn't talk about our roots - our ancestors at all, but I'm pretty sure that we came from the British Isles at one point. So I decided that a study of Celtic culture would be a good place to start in my "culture quest".

Unfortunately, I picked this book... This book was written almost a hundred years ago but that was not the problem. I found I had to struggle to finish it. The writing was very disjointed and cumbersome. It wasn't at all entertaining, as I think myths and legends should be. In fact, if myths weren't entertaining why would they be re-told and re-counted over the centuries?
The book boasts that it is "revised" with a forward by Sirona Knight. Unfortunately, the forward turned out to be the best part of the book! She claims here that Celts weren't actually blood thirsty people who made human sacrifices as is indicated in the body of the book. My personal opinion, however, is that we don't actually have a lot of hard facts about the Celts and it could have been either way.
I would not recommend this book.
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