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Elves and Heroes

Donald Alexander Mackenzie

Book Overview: 

This volume describes, in verse, the mythical creatures and people of ancient Scotland. It also includes explanatory notes about the characters and folk tales that inspired the author's poetry.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Through flaking clouds in silvern smoke
That burst aflame, and fold o'er fold,
Let loose their oozing floods of gold,
Splashed over the foamless deep that lay
Tremulous and clear. In fiery play
The rippling beams that swept between
The sea-cleft Sutor crags serene,
Broke quivering where the waters bore
The soft reflection of the shore.

The pipes of morn were sounding shrill
Through budding woods on plain and hill,
And stirred the air with song to wake
The sweet-toned birds within the brake.

The Fians from their sheilings came,
With offerings to the god a-flame,
And round them thrice they sun-wise went;
Then naked-kneed in silence bent
Beside the pillar stones …

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Community Reviews


Puanım 2/5 (%42/100)

Kitabın adında Elf geçiyor ve ince diye aldığım bir kitap. Hakkında hiçbir şey duymadım ve hiçbir beklentim yoktu. Kitabı beğendim ama neden 3 puan diye soracak olursanız hemen anlatıyorum. Öncelikle kitap Kelt mitolojisi ile alakalı. İçinde İrlanda, İskoçya ve Galler'den ünlü ma

Sahafları sevmemin en önemli sebeplerinden biri daha önce hiç görmediğim kitaplarla karşılaşmam. Elfler ve Kahraman’lar yayınevi sebebiyle bana çok yabancı. Ben genelde bu özelliğimi sevmesemde popi bir çocuğum. Popüler kültür nereye ben oraya, o yüzden aşina olduğum yayınevleri de hep bu akıma göre

Interestint collection of poetry on the myths and legends of the Scottish Highlands. Very different from what we tend to call "British". Excellent notes at the end for those of us unfamiliar with the assorted fairies, brownies and heroes. Really enjoyed it.