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Carmina Gadelica, Volume II

By: Carmichael, A.

Description: This is volume II of Alexander Carmichael's collection of folk poetry from the Western Isles of Scotland. Volume II includes many incantations for luck, love and good health. This volume also has numerous poems about plants and animals, and extensive notes on the lore associated with them. Besides the complete English and Gaelic text of the poems, and the beautiful initials, this etext includes the extensive glossary, which occupies the last third of the bo...

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Carmina Gadelica, Volume I

By: Carmichael, A.

Description: This is volume I of Alexander Carmichael's collection of folk poetry from the Western Isles of Scotland. Carmichael spent years collecting folklore from the vanishing cultures of Scotland. The poems in this volume include prayers, invocations, blessings and charms. They are a synthesis of Christian and pre-Christian belief systems. Besides invoking Jesus, Mary, and the saints, a number of these call on other powers. One of these is 'Bride,' who is explained ...

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Celtic Myth and Legend

By: Squire, Charles

Description: Part of the 'Myths and Legends' series published by Gresham in the early 20th century, 'Celtic Myth and Legend' is actually a reissue of a 1905 work, 'The Mythology of the British Islands'. It differs from the rest of the Gresham series because it is a bit more scholarly (it actually has an adequate set of footnotes) and a bit more didactic. There is an extensive index with over 8,000 references (all hyperlinked here). Another great feature is a glossary of ...

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At the Palace of King Lot

By: Adams, Oscar Fay

Description: This is a collection of Arthurian literature: poetry, drama and essays, written after the main canon, principally in the 18th through early 20th centuries. The files are arranged by author and date of publication. These works were all originally published prior to 1923 and hence are in the public domain in the United States.

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Popular Tales of the West Highlands, Volume II

By: Campbell, J. F.

Description: This is the second of four volumes of Campbell's collection of Scottish folklore. For the most part this volume is a continuation of the same sort of material in volume I, presenting folklore which has themes and motifs similar to other northern European traditions (and, of course, world folklore), albeit in a Scottish setting. Towards the end Campbell includes two unique tales, The Fair Gruagach, Son of the King of Eirinn, and The Knight of the Red Shield. ...

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Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales

By: Douglas, George

Description: Treasury of fanciful, picturesque narratives—assembled by noted folklorist and recounted in their native vernacular—tell of brownies, kelpies, mermen and other supernatural creatures that assist, annoy and otherwise meddle in the lives of simple Scottish country folk. A delightful collection of imaginative and entertaining nursery and fairy tales, animal fables, witchcraft lore, and stories with a comic twist. IT is only within comparatively recent years th...

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The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg, Vol. II

By: Ab Ithel, J. W.

Description: This is volume II of the Barddas of Iolo Morganwg. This volume, which ends abruptly mid-sentence on page 167, is essentially a set of bylaws for the organization of Welsh Bards. While it does not have the depth and curious lore of the first volume, it is of some historical interest. This is because Iolo Morganwg was a central founder of the modern Welsh Gorsedd, the bardic contest which is still held to this day. This is his vision for how Bardism should be ...

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Gods and Fighting Men

By: Gregory, Augusta

Description: Lady Augusta Gregory’s “Gods and Fighting Men” preserves the legends and lore of the earliest inhabitants of Ireland, the coming of the Tuatha De Danaan (The People of Dana) and the stories of Finn MacCumhail. Containing stories for Irish mythology form the earliest legends, Lady Gregory’s book preserves the native Irish sense of story-telling throughout her account of the Gaelic world. Lady Gregory's eloquent speech and style breathes life into Ireland's fo...

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The Life and Death of Cormac the Skald

By: Collingwood, W. G.

Description: Harald Fairhair was king of Norway when this tale begins. There was a chief in the kingdom in those days and his name was Cormac; one of the Vik-folk by kindred, a great man of high birth. He was the mightiest of champions, and had been with King Harald in many battles. He had a son called Ogmund, a very hopeful lad; big and sturdy even as a child; who when he was grown of age and come to his full strength, took to sea-roving in summer and served in the king...

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Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts

By: Kennedy, Patrick

Description: Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts by Patrick Kennedy A huge collection of Irish folklore and legends, up through Christian times. About the Author: Kennedy, Patrick (1801–73), Irish folklorist, Dublin bookseller, and collector and preserver of the varied tales of County Wexford. Author of the important Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts (1866), Kennedy is thought of as one of the fathers of the Irish folklore revival and is thus associated with the...

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Early British Trackways, Moats, Mounds, Camps and Sites

By: Watkins, Alfred

Description: This was the first book about ley lines. Ley lines are alignments on the landscape of natural and artificial features, some of which follow perfectly straight tracks for miles. First discovered in Britain by the author of this book, Alfred Watkins, a photographer and inventor, ley lines were pursued eagerly by organized clubs in the period between the world wars. Interest in leys died out after the 1930s, but was revived in the 1960s, after the publication o...

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Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race

By: Rolleston, Thomas

Description: 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 commitme...

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The Crock of Gold

By: Stephens, James

Description: IN the centre of the pine wood called Coilla Doraca there lived not long ago two Philosophers. They were wiser than anything else in the world except the Salmon who lies in the pool of Glyn Cagny into which the nuts of knowledge fall from the hazel bush on its bank. He, of course, is the most profound of living creatures, but the two Philosophers are next to him in wisdom. Their faces looked as though they were made of parchment, there was ink under their na...

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Prolegomena to the Study of Old Welsh Poetry

By: Anwyl, Edward

Description: Sir Edward Anwyl (5 August 1866 – 8 August 1914) was a Welsh academic, specializing in the Celtic languages. Anwyl was born in Chester, England, and educated at the King's School, Chester. He went on to study at Oriel College, Oxford, and Mansfield College, Oxford. In 1892 he became Professor of Welsh at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and was later appointed Professor of Comparative Philology. He was knighted in July 1911.1 In 1913, he became Princi...

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Popular Tales of the West Highlands, Volume I

By: Campbell, J. F.

Description: This is the first of four volumes of Campbell's collection of Scottish folklore. This volume has many stories which have been anthologized elsewhere, as well as the extensive introduction which not only serves to introduce Scottish folklore, but as a prolegomena to the study of oral folklore in general.

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The Religion of the Ancient Celts

By: MacCulloch, J. A.

Description: This book, which appears for the first time on the Internet at Sacred Text Archive, is one of the best scholarly treatments of the ancient Celtic religion. Written early in the 20th Century, Religion of the Ancient Celts includes extensive treatment of that perennially fascinating subject, the Druids. There is very little documentary evidence to go on. In particular, we have no actual sacred texts of the ancient Celts, as their texts were transmitted orally...

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The Poems of Ossian

By: Macpherson, James

Description: Ossian purports to be a translation of an epic cycle of Scottish poems from the early dark ages. Ossian, a blind bard, sings of the life and battles of Fingal, a Scotch warrior. Ossian caused a sensation when it was published on the cusp of the era of revolutions, and had a massive cultural impact during the 18th and 19th centuries. Napolean carried a copy into battle; Goethe translated parts of it; the city of Selma, Alabama was named after the home of Fing...

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The Ancient Irish Goddess of War

By: Hennessey, WM

Description: The Morrígan is usually interpreted as a war goddess: W.M. Hennessey's The Ancient Irish Goddess of War, written in 1870, was influential in establishing this interpretation. The Morrígan (terror or phantom queen) or Mórrígan (great queen) (aka Morrígu, Morríghan, Mor-Ríoghain) is a figure from Irish mythology who appears to have once been a goddess, although she is not explicitly referred to as such in the texts. She is usually seen as a terrifying figu...

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Beowulf in Anglo-Saxon

Description: 'Tis better to die than to live in shame. The oldest existing story written in Old English, Beowulf is the classic tale of courage and honor. In the Great Hall of Hrothgar, King of the Danes, the warrior Beowulf, son of a Swedish King, wages battle with the monster Grendel. The introduction contains a short history of the English language and a description of Anglo-Saxon culture.

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The King of Ireland's Son

By: Colum, Padraic

Description: Noted Irish author's selection of favorite tales from the Emerald Isle, brimming with sly humor, whimsy, and imagination. Fedelma, the Enchanter's Daughter, When the King of the Cats Came to King Connal's Dominion, The Town of the Red Castle, The King of the Land of Mist, and 3 more. 9 full-page illustrations.

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