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Celtic Fairy Tales

Joseph Jacobs

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Celtic Fairy Tales is a collection of 25 folk and fairy stories collected from Ireland and Scotland.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .a fine trick, but you never did me a better turn in all your lives. When I found poor Daisy dead, I thought to myself, 'Well, her hide may fetch something;' and it did. Hides are worth their weight in gold in the market just now."

Hudden nudged Dudden, and Dudden winked at Hudden.

"Good-evening, Donald O'Neary."

"Good-evening, kind friends."

The next day there wasn't a cow or a calf that belonged to Hudden or Dudden but her hide was going to the fair in Hudden's biggest cart drawn by Dudden's strongest pair of horses.

When they came to the fair, each one took a hide over his arm, and there they were walking through the fair, bawling out at the top of their voices: "Hides to sell! hides to sell!"

Out came the tanner:

"How much for your hides, my good men?"

"Their weight in gold."

"It's early in the da. . . Read More

Community Reviews

After English fairy tales, Joseph Jacobs turned to Celtic ones, in this and More Celtic Fairy Tales:. Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Manx. . . though he complained that some areas were less gathered than others. And his first resolution to use only those form peasants who spoke no English did not last b...more

I actually read these stories in two different editions. I started with the Collectors Library edition of Jacobs Celtic Fairy Tales before realising that they had cut all Jacobs original annotations and end-notes. Purely by chance I then I discovered this rather dusty copy hiding in the spare bed...more

I can understand the importance of fairy tales and it's a Good Thing that they were collected and preserved. That doesn't make them always a Good Read, though. This is a mixed collection - some stories flow well while others are incomprehensibly complex. This maybe reflects the late nineteenth ce...more

A fun fast read; very witty cautionary tales from Eire. Love the illustrations by John D. Batten.

Favorite tale has to be a tie between "Jack and His Master" and "Hudden and Dudden and Donald O'Neary. Wait! "The Story-Teller at Fault" and "A Legend of Knockmany" was hilarious! Oh, I can't choose~~...more

Lots of fun fairytales in this selection by Jacobs

I won't write anything original. Some of the best fairy tales I've ever read. Charming, full of wit and, what's more, well-written.

I simply love reading these old collections of "fairy tales," especially Celtic ones. About the time of this publication (1892) there was a most interesting effort by many literary authorities to collect original fairy tales handed down by word of mouth in the British Isles, especially in the rur...more

So this is a strange complaint BUT
While I liked the stories chosen for the collection, there was something off-putting about the way the book was set up. this edition has a strange page format and font that hurt to read a bit.
That silly complaint aside, it was a well-chosen set of tales and I was...more

I must have got this book about 12 years ago from a friend - she had been given it as a gift but was not a fan of fairy tales - I was and so this book came to me.

There are perhaps 8 stories in here that I really enjoy, a few others that are enjoyable the rest.. not really a fan of. Overall thoug...more

In the United States, classic fairy tales have been bowdlerized. The dark symbols of ogres, giants, witches, and curses of the Brothers Grimm have been transformed into two-dimensional versions of themselves with curses often being more pranks than devastating supernatural spells and witches beco...more

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