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By Philip Freeman

most folks have heard of the Celts--the elusive, old tribal those that resided in present-day England, eire, Scotland and France. satirically characterised as either barbaric and blameless, the Celts attract the trendy international as an emblem of a bygone period, an international destroyed via 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 ebook, for the 1st time, Philip Freeman brings jointly the simplest tales of Celtic mythology.

Everyone at the present time is familiar with concerning the gods and heroes of the traditional Greeks, similar to Zeus, Hera, and Hercules, yet what number of people have heard of the Gaulish god Lugus or the mystical Welsh queen Rhiannon or the good Irish warrior C? Chulainn? We nonetheless thrill to the tale of the Trojan struggle, however the epic battles of the Irish T?in B? Cuailgne are identified merely to a couple. 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 way of those extraordinary stories, for there's not anything on the earth relatively like them. In those tales a mysterious and invisible realm of gods and spirits exists along and occasionally crosses over into our personal human global; fierce ladies warriors conflict with kings and heroes, or even the foundations of time and area will be suspended. Captured in shiny prose those shadowy figures-gods, goddesses, and heroes-come to existence for the fashionable reader.

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