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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 Mabinogion

By: Guest, Charlotte

Description: This is Lady Guests' translation of the Mabinogion. The Mabinogion is a cycle of Welsh legends collected in the Red Book of Hergest, a manuscript which is in the library of Oxford University. Mabinogion means 'tales of youth'; although this appellation only applies to a few of the stories, Lady Guest appropriated it as the title of this book, and The Mabinogion is now used as the name of the entire collection. The stories are based on historical characters a...

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Myths and Folk-lore of Ireland

By: Curtin, Jeremiah

Description: Jeremiah Curtin was an American translator and folklorist. Curtin compiled a collection of famous Irish folk-lore. This edition includes a table of contents.

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The Four Ancient Books of Wales

By: Skene, William F.

Description: This is William Skene's anthology of dark-age Welsh Bardic poetry. Often cited, but difficult to obtain, this book contains every remaining piece of Bardic poetry known. The poems are translated from four manuscripts: the Black Book of Caermarthen, the Red Book of Hergest (which is also the source of the Mabinogion), the Book of Taliessin and the Book of Aneurin, all of which date from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries C.E. The poems themselves date fro...

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Fairy Legends and Traditions

By: Croker, T. Crofton

Description: The Library of Alexandria is an independent small business publishing house. We specialize in bringing back to live rare, historical and ancient books. This includes manuscripts such as: classical fiction, philosophy, science, religion, folklore, mythology, history, literature, politics and sacred texts, in addition to secret and esoteric subjects, such as: occult, freemasonry, alchemy, hermetic, shamanism and ancient knowledge. Our books are available in di...

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The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries

By: Evans-Wentz, W. Y.

Description: This is one of the most in-depth and scholarly attempts to explain the phenomena of the Celtic belief in fairies. Based on Evans-Wentz' Oxford doctoral thesis, it includes an extensive survey of the literature from many different perspectives, including folk-lore, history, anthropology and psychology. The heart of the book is the ethnographic fieldwork conducted by Evans-Wentz, an invaluable snapshot of the fairy belief system taken just on the cusp of moder...

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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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The Celtic Dragon Myth

By: Campbell, J.F.

Description: The Scottish folklorist J.F. Campbell pieced together the tale of the Celtic Dragon, an intricate oft-told story involving not just dragons but mermaids, giants, and sidhe (fairies). This story, or portions thereof, is found in many Indo-European folklore traditions, as far afield as India. Campbell includes not only his merged narrative, but original Gaelic texts for two of the episodes. Campbell is best known for his four volume Popular Tales of the Wester...

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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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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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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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The Key of Gold

By: Baudis, Josef

Description: This is a short collection of folk tales translated from Czech sources. Aside from the character's names and a mention of a water gnome called a 'Waternick', these stories could be from just about anywhere in Europe, and several (such as 'Three at One Blow') will be familiar to readers of Lang's 'colored' fairy books. That said, this book is pleasant reading and a nice collection. NOTE: This text uses Unicode to display certain accented letters. To view thi...

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Fairies

By: Faulding, Gertrude M.

Description: Hardcover reprint of the original 1913 edition; hardbound in brown cloth with gold stamped lettering, 8vo - 6x9. This item is printed on demand. All of the pages are printed in full color as exact images of the original pages. This collector quality facsimile is crafted to hold its own in a library of first editions. Book Information: Faulding, Gertrude M.. Fairies . Indiana: Repressed Publishing LLC, 2014. Original Publishing: Faulding, Gertrude M.. Fairi...

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On the Study of Celtic Literature

By: Arnold, Matthew

Description: Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have notused OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to badquality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there areimages such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured tokeep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately theoriginal artefact. Although occasionally there may be certainimperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be madeavailable f...

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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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In Wicklow and West Kerry

By: Synge, John M.

Description: This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry

By: Yeats, W. B.

Description: This is an anthology of Irish folklore, edited by W. B. Yeats. Many of these stories are from books which are archived at this site; some are from books which have yet to be converted to etext or now-rare source material. He selected many of the best (and often funniest) tales from other writers such as Lady Wilde, Croker, Lover, Hyde, and Carelton. Yeats wrote introductory material and notes to many of these stories.

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The Candle of Vision

By: Russell, George William

Description: This book by Irish author, poet, painter and mystic George William Russell, is a set of transcendent essays on Celtic mysticism. Known by his pen name AE (which is short for Aeon), Russell was friends with many other figures of the Celtic renaissance of the early 20th century, including Y.B. Yeats, and James Stephens. The Candle of Vision describes Russells' luminous excursions into the otherworld, including clairvoyant and prophetic visions, precognition o...

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Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland

By: Wilde, F. S.

Description: Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland By Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde The superstition, then, of the Irish peasant is the instinctive belief in the existence of certain unseen agencies that influence all human life; and with the highly sensitive organization of their race, it is not wonderful that the people live habitually under the shadow and dread of invisible powers which, whether working for good or evil, are awful and mysteriou...

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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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