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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 beca

Didn't realize until I was halfway through this volume that it was actually "Celtic Fairy Tales" and "More Celtic Fairy Tales". I wondered reading the first half why I could not find the relevant footnotes (they were in the middle of the book, I was looking at the end). Each section is numbered sepa

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~~~ T

Lots of fun fairytales in this selection by Jacobs

Stories of stowaway princesses, sequestered princesses, sea maidens, lupracauns, saints, witches, hexes and spells, fairies and elves, salmons and potatoes; an Irish and Celtic book true and through. I've seen the Irish version of Cinderella (Trembling) but I found Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree which pr

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.

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 becomin

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