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Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin.

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DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 245 pages. Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc; (1975). Fearsome giants, magic spells, Druidic rods of enchantment, gallant prices and beautiful princesses, brave knights and wicked queens, cloaks of invisibility, swords of light and swords of darkness, horses that go faster than the wind, animals that speak and have strange powers. These are all elements common to fairy tales. They appear prominently in this excellent collection of Irish examples, gathered by the renowned folklorist and linguist Jeremiah Curtin (1840-1966) from the West of Ireland in 1887.

Taken down from Gaelic storytellers, these twenty tales fall into two parts. Eleven are miscellaneous stories offering Irish versions of the general European fairy tales. Nine are stories from the Fenian cycle, tales of Fin Mac Cumhail and his warriors, the Fenians of Erin. The same fairy tale elements apply to all the stories however, including battles with giants, dead mean who come back to life, people imprisoned in the bodies of animals, a wonderful land of perpetual youth, and heroes of incredible strength.

The heroes in the miscellaneous takes tend to be the sons of the Kings of Erin, with heroines like Yellow Lilt, daughter of the Giant of Loch Lerin; Trembling, the Irish Cinderella; the Queen of Tubber Tintye; and various princesses who are in danger. The Feninan stories relate some of the adventures of Fin MacCumhail, his sons; Fialan, Oisin, Pogan, and Ceolan; his men; Diarmuid Duivne, Conan Maol MacMorna, the famous Cuclin, as well as others; as well as strangers who are out to help or hurt the Fenians in such tales as “Fin MacCumhail and the Fenians of Erin in the Castle of Fear Dubh”, and “Gilla na Grakin and Fin MacCumhail”.

Tales of legend and magic, these stories transport us to a world where everything is alive and anything can happen. A world born in a time before literature, and captured in print just as the oral tradition in Ireland was dying out. Considered an essential work in the history of folklore, this book is also a collection of fairy tales that have fascinated young and old for hundreds of years. They will continue to fascinate you and your children. This is an unabridged republication of the 1890 edition, originally entitled “Myths and Folklore of Ireland”.

CONDITION: New, never read.




REVIEW: Twenty tales of legend and magic that comprise an essential work in the history of folklore. First published in 1890, recording the timeless tales of the ancient Gaelic storytellers, this treasury of rare, enchanting Irish tales includes such classics as: "The Three Daughters of King O'Hara," "Kil Arthur," "The Weaver's Son and the Giant of the White Hill," "Shaking Head," "Cuculin," "Black, Brown, and Gray," others.

Jeremiah Curtin (1835-1906) was an American linguist and folklorist. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin he graduated from Harvard College in 1863. In 1864, he went to Russia. There he worked as both a translator and for the U. S. legation. He left Russia in 1877, stayed a year in London, and returned to the United States, where he worked for the Bureau of Ethnology. In addition to publishing collections of fairy tales and folklore and writings about his travels, he also wrote “Myths and Folk-lore of Ireland (1890)”, “Tales of the Fairies and of the Ghost World (1895)”, “Creation Myths of Primitive America (1898)”, “A Journey in Southern Siberia (1909)”, and “Seneca Indian Myths (1922)”.


REVIEW: 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.

REVIEW: Taken down from Gaelic storytellers, the 20 tales included in this book are divided into two parts: 11 are miscellaneous stories offering Irish versions of the general European fairy tales, and 9 are stories from the Fenian cycle; tales of Fin MacCumhail and his warriors, the Fenians of Erin.

REVIEW: Once upon a time all of the legends of Fin MacCool were written down for posterity. Saint Patrick, however, ordered two-thirds of them destroyed so that the people of Erin would do more than simply listen to them. Fortunately, many Fenian tales survive, and this captivating collection features many tales of superhuman heroes and their adventures. Compiled by a 19th-century ethnographer from the Smithsonian Institution, this volume abounds in fantastic accounts of bold warriors who battle dragons and giants, outwit sorcerers, and overcome death itself.


REVIEW: I can't recommend this wonderful book highly enough. “Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland” contains stories collected in the West of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin during the end of the nineteenth century. Jeremiah Curtin was an Irish American ethnographer, working for the Smithsonian Institution. He did not speak Gaelic himself, but he hired Gaelic-speaking interpreters to record traditional stories from the oral tradition, and then translate them into English. Because of Mr. Curtin's faithfulness to the original sources, the stories are written in a wonderful prose, full of poetic, traditional phrases. We can hear the voices of nineteenth century Gaelic-speaking storytellers speaking from the page.

The stories in this book fall into two groups: Irish versions of widespread folktales such as "Cinderella", "The magician and His Pupil," or "The Giant With No Heart in His Body", and native Irish Fenian tales, about Finn MacCool and his companions. Reading them leads you into another world, where people would gather in the evening, by the light of a peat fire, and listen to a storyteller speak about heroes and lucky younger sons, giants, magicians and monsters.

As an amateur storyteller, I have found this book to be a great resource, especially for Saint Patrick's Day, but suitable for all occasions. The stories practically tell themselves. I have found "The fisherman's Son and the Gruagach of Tricks" to be especially popular, maybe because of the thrilling chase at the end. I can also highly recommend another book by Jeremiah Curtin: “Irish Tales of the Fairies and the Ghost World”. This a collection of more homely folk-tales, full of great Halloween storytelling material.

REVIEW: Fearsome giants, magic spells, Druidic rods of enchantment; gallant princes and beautiful princesses, brave kings and wicked queens; cloaks of invisibility, swords of light and darkness, horses that go faster than the wind, animals that speak. All of these are elements common to Irish folklore gathered by renowned folklorist Jeremiah Curtin 1840-1906 from the West of Ireland in 1887. Taken down from Gaelic story tellers, some twenty tales in all.

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