Most folks have heard of the Celts-the elusive, historical tribal those who resided in present-day England, eire, Scotland and France. ironically characterised as either barbaric and blameless, the Celts entice the fashionable international as a logo of a bygone period, an international destroyed through the ambition of empire and the unfold of Christianity all through Western Europe. regardless of the pervasive cultural and literary impact of the Celts, shockingly little is understood in their lifestyle and ideology, simply because only a few files in their tales exist. during this publication, for the 1st time, Philip Freeman brings jointly the simplest tales of Celtic mythology. all people this day understands concerning the gods and heroes of the traditional Greeks, reminiscent of Zeus, Hera, and Hercules, yet what number of people have heard of the Gaulish god Lugus or the mystical Welsh queen Rhiannon or the nice Irish warrior Cu Chulainn? We nonetheless thrill to the tale of the Trojan warfare, however the epic battles of the Irish Tain Bo Cuailgne are identified purely to some. And but those that have learn the tales of Celtic fantasy and legend-among them writers like J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis-have been deeply moved and stimulated by means of those striking stories, for there's not anything on this planet particularly like them. In those tales a mysterious and invisible realm of gods and spirits exists along and infrequently crosses over into our personal human international; fierce girls warriors conflict with kings and heroes, or even the foundations of time and area might be suspended. Captured in brilliant prose those shadowy figures-gods, goddesses, and heroes-come to existence for the fashionable reader.

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