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Myths & Legends of the Celtic Race   By: (1857-1920)

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In "Myths & Legends of the Celtic Race," Thomas W. Rolleston takes readers on an engaging journey through the rich tapestry of Celtic mythology. Drawing upon ancient sources, this comprehensive collection presents a captivating blend of history, lore, and mysticism that beautifully showcases the Celtic people's unique belief system.

One of the book's greatest strengths is Rolleston's meticulous research and attention to detail. He not only provides a thorough exploration of the well-known Celtic deities, heroes, and mythical creatures but also delves into the less-explored aspects of their culture. By incorporating archaeological findings and comparing various versions of the same tale from different Celtic regions, Rolleston offers readers a well-rounded understanding of the Celtic worldview.

Rolleston's writing style is both accessible and engaging, striking a harmonious balance between scholarly analysis and storytelling. Through his vivid descriptions and animated narratives, he effortlessly transports readers into the enchanted realms of ancient Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. His ability to breathe life into these fascinating legends is commendable, making this book a joy to read regardless of prior familiarity with Celtic mythology.

Moreover, Rolleston's contextualization of Celtic mythology within historical events and cultural practices helps to illuminate its significance. He expertly draws connections between the stories and the moral codes, social structures, and religious beliefs of the Celtic people. This approach not only enhances the reader's appreciation for the tales but also serves as a window into the Celtic mindset and way of life.

While the book does an admirable job of covering a wide range of Celtic myths and legends, some readers might find that certain tales or characters receive more attention than others. Additionally, due to the vastness of Celtic mythology, a few stories might warrant further exploration to fully comprehend their complexities. However, these minor limitations do not detract significantly from the overall value of the work, as Rolleston's expert storytelling effectively bridges any gaps in knowledge.

In conclusion, "Myths & Legends of the Celtic Race" is an exceptional anthology that shines a light on the captivating world of Celtic mythology. Thomas W. Rolleston's passion for the subject matter, extensive research, and engaging writing style make this book a true treasure for anyone interested in the ancient stories of the Celts. Whether you are a devoted enthusiast or a newcomer to Celtic mythology, this comprehensive collection will undoubtedly leave you enchanted and craving more.

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British edition published by Constable and Company Limited, London

First published 1911 by George G. Harrap & Co., London


The Past may be forgotten, but it never dies. The elements which in the most remote times have entered into a nation's composition endure through all its history, and help to mould that history, and to stamp the character and genius of the people.

The examination, therefore, of these elements, and the recognition, as far as possible, of the part they have actually contributed to the warp and weft of a nation's life, must be a matter of no small interest and importance to those who realise that the present is the child of the past, and the future of the present; who will not regard themselves, their kinsfolk, and their fellow citizens as mere transitory phantoms, hurrying from darkness into darkness, but who know that, in them, a vast historic stream of national life is passing from its distant and mysterious origin towards a future which is largely conditioned by all the past wanderings of that human stream, but which is also, in no small degree, what they, by their courage, their patriotism, their knowledge, and their understanding, choose to make it... Continue reading book >>

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