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Originally published in 1892, this beautifully written collection of Celtic fairy tales is bound to enrapture. Filled to the brim with, as Joseph Jacob says, “both the best, and the best known folk-tales of the Celts,” this is the first of his two collections of Celtic folklore. Included in this charming collection are tales of romance, tales that will make you laugh, and tales with sadness intertwined. The twenty-six story medley includes: “Guleesh” “Conal Yellowclaw” “The Shepherd of Myddvai” “The Story of Deirdre” “The Wooing of Olwen” “The Sea-Maiden” “Jack and his Master” “Beth Gellert” “The Battle of the Birds” “The Lad with the Goat-Skin” And many more! The magic of these stories is brought to life with fantastical sketches by John D. Batten that are interspersed throughout the pages, including eight full-page illustrations. The wonder, witchcraft, and magic found in Celtic tales are sure to enrapture all readers, young and old alike.
Leprechauns, fairies, and medieval heroes figure in the strange events related in this paperback reprint of twenty-six Celtic folk and fairy tales.
“[A] well-researched, rather scholarly book...fanciful illustrations, in both black-and-white and color.”—Publishers Weekly. “Matthews...offers a very attractively presented collection...Not since Jeremiah Curtin, W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, and others at the turn of the century has such a collection been assembled... Each story is followed by a short yet informative note on the tale and its sources, and there is a good bibliography and index. This book would be attractive to younger readers as well as adults and is recommended for most public and academic libraries.”—Library Journal. “[The] collection is varied and brilliant... beautiful illustrations.”—KLIATT.
Leprechauns, fairies, and medieval heroes figure in the strange events related in this paperback reprint of twenty Celtic folk and fairy tales.
Excerpt from Celtic Stories I offer my gratitude to Lady Gregory, Mrs. A. W. Hutton, Dr. P.W. Joyce and Eugene O'Curry's publishers, Messrs. Williams & Norgate, for their permission to use the following books: - Cuchulain of Muirthemne, by Augusta Gregory. (Murray.) The Tain, by Mary Hutton. (Maunsel & Co.) Old Celtic Romances, by P. W. Joyce. (Longmans, Green & Co.) Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish, by Eugene O'Curry. (Williams & Norgate.) Dr. Joyce has allowed me to make an adaptation of his 'Fairy Palace of the Quicken Trees', which I have called 'The Palace of the Mountain Ash Trees'. 'The Land of Youth' is based chiefly on Professor O'Looney's rendering of a poem on Oisin in Tir-nan-oge ('Transactions of the Ossianic Society'). I have also had very great pleasure, and not a little help, in writing these Celtic tales, from reading Dr. Kuno Meyer's Ancient Irish Poetry (Constable). My debt to Lady Charlotte Guest's Mabinogion is as plain as it is huge. But those who read this book will not have read hers, while many if not all who have read mine will very soon afterward read hers: so that if I am an insolvent debtor at least I am no thief. The spelling of some of the chief names in these stories has been changed so that English children may at once be able to pronounce them, as Uspathadden Penkower for Yspaddaden Pencawr. I hope this will give no trouble to bilingual Welsh children. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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