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Transcriber's Notes:

1. Passages in italics are surrounded by underscores ; " in bold are surrounded by single =equals=; " in bold Gothic font are surrounded by double ==equals==;

2. A detailed list of typographical corrections and other transcription notes appears at the end of this e text.

3. A translation of the celtic passage below is thought to be: "I sense the smell of a sweet lying Irishman on my home turf."

[Illustration: MORE CELTIC FAIRY TALES]

MORE CELTIC FAIRY TALES

SAY THIS

Three times, with your eyes shut

==Mothuighim boladh an Éireannaigh bhinn bhreugaigh faoi m'fhóidín dúthaigh.==

And you will see What you will see

[Illustration: ·THE·GOLDEN·BIRD·FLIES·AWAY·WITH·THE·APPLE·]

MORE CELTIC FAIRY TALES

SELECTED AND EDITED BY JOSEPH JACOBS LATE EDITOR OF "FOLK LORE"

ILLUSTRATED BY JOHN D. BATTEN

[Illustration]

NEW YORK: G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS LONDON: D. NUTT 1895

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To THE MANY UNKNOWN LITTLE FRIENDS I HAVE MADE BY THE FORMER BOOKS OF THIS SERIES

Preface

For the last time, for the present, I give the children of the British Isles a selection of Fairy Tales once or still existing among them. The story store of Great Britain and Ireland is, I hope, now adequately represented in the four volumes which have won me so many little friends, and of which this is the last.

My collections have dealt with the two folk lore regions of these Isles on different scales. The "English" region, including Lowland Scotland and running up to the Highland line, is, I fancy, as fully represented in "English" and "More English Fairy Tales" as it is ever likely to be. But the Celtic district, including the whole of Ireland and the Gaelic speaking part of Scotland, still offers a rich harvest to the collector, and will not be exhausted for many a long day. The materials already collected are far richer than those which the "English" region afford, and it has accordingly been my aim in the two volumes devoted to the Celts, rather to offer specimens of the crop than to exhaust the field.

In the present volume I have proceeded on much the same lines as those which I laid down for myself in compiling its predecessor. In making my selection I have attempted to select the tales common both to Erin and Alba. I have included, as specimen of the Irish mediæval hero tales, one of the three sorrowful tales of Erin: "The Tale of the Children of Lir." For the "drolls" or "comic relief" of the volume, I have again drawn upon the inexhaustible Kennedy, while the great J. F. Campbell still stands out as the most prominent figure in the history of the Celtic Fairy Tale.

In my method of telling I have continued the practice which I adopted in the previous volume: where I considered the language too complicated for children, I have simplified; where an incident from another parallel version seemed to add force to the narrative I have inserted it; and in each case mentioned the fact in the corresponding notes. As former statements of mine on this point have somewhat misled my folk lore friends, I should, perhaps, add that the alterations on this score have been much slighter than they have seemed, and have not affected anything of value to the science of folk lore.

I fear I am somewhat of a heretic with regard to the evidential value of folk tales regarded as capita mortua of anthropology. The ready transit of a folk tale from one district to another of the same linguistic area, robs it to my mind of any anthropological or ethnographical value; but on this high topic I have discoursed elsewhere.

This book, like the others of this series, has only been rendered possible by the courtesy and complaisance of the various collectors from whom I have culled my treasures. In particular, I have to thank Mr. Larminie and Mr. Eliot Stock for permission to include that fine tale "Morraha" from the former's "West Irish Folk tales," the chief addition to the Celtic store since the appearance of my last volume... Continue reading book >>




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