A very accessable guide that fills the gap between academic analysis and less-critical retellings of the myths and legends. Marytn Whittock provides an accessible overview while also assessing the current state of research regarding the origins and significance of the myths. Since all records of the myths first occur in the early medieval period, the focus is on the survival of pre-Christian mythology and the interactions of the early Christian writers with these myths.
A wide-ranging and enthralling introduction to Celtic mythology, from the Irish gods before gods, the Fomorians, to the children of Llyr, the sea deity; from the hunter-warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill, whose exploits are chronicled in the Fenian Cycle, to Cú Chulainn, the Hound of Ulster; and from the Welsh heroes of the Mabinogion to Arthur, King of Britain, though the mythical, Welsh version who predates the medieval legends.
©2013 Martyn Whittock (P)2014 Audible Ltd
I have been listening to Audible books for a long time and never reviewed before. I am only breaking the habit to warn anyone thinking of buying this book. This is an out and out academic book with a strong authors opinion from the beginning about the non existence of Celts with warning after warning not to assume that Celts ever existed as we understand them. One warning would have been enough and then maybe some of the subject mentioned in the title would have been nice. I just could not get through the first chapter. Terrible.
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