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Celtic Folk and Fairy Tales

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. . .I began to draw his spear, and every breath that he drew I thought I would be down his throat, and when his breath came out I was back again just as far. But with every ill that befell me I got the spear loosed from him. Then[52] I was as one under a bundle of straw in a great wind, for I could not manage the spear. And it was fearful to look on the brute, who had but one eye in the midst of his face; and it was not agreeable for the like of me to attack him. I drew the dart as best I could, and I set it in his eye. When he felt this he gave his head a lift, and he struck the other end of the dart on the top of the cave, and it went through to the back of his head. And he fell cold dead where he was; and you may be sure, O king, that joy was on me. I myself and the woman went out on clear ground, and we passed the night there. I went and got the boat with which I came, and she was no way lightened, and took the woman and the child over on dry land; and I returned home."Read More

Community Reviews

[Quick review from memory before I re-read and review at a later date:

Read for research purposes but a really nice collection of Irish myth, and older British folklore. Not an exhaustive collection and not in any particular order, but really nice to discover lost stories.]

Great book!

I love it. The lore was great. It makes for the summer to read these stories. My fav is the story is called knockmany.

Not what I was expecting, these are fairy tales very similar to Brothers Grimm, I was looking for a more mythological side of folk tales, like legends of heroes and gods.
So I dropped it at 14% having read 4 tales, none of then particularly good.

I really enjoyed reading these different Folk and Fairy Tales...most I'd never heard of. They were fun and entertaining.

I only read The Pigeon and the Crow, The Sprightly Tailor, and Scissors. They are from his collection of Celtic, Indian, and European tales.

I read three stories of Joseph Jacobs about a crow manipulating a pigeon in order to eat high-class food, a capable tailor sewing a pair of trousers in a haunte

A very good collection of lesser-known tales. Overall, interesting and entertaining. Several bright gems, occasionally beautifully sad, but a few dull and repetitive stories, too. Recommended for those interested in Celtic culture and mythology, and old-school fairytales that may be, at times, a bit

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

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