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Probably first written down around the 8th century A.D., these early Irish stories represent the oral tradition of the Iron Age Celts who flourished in Europe during the seven centuries before Christ. Building the economic, social and artistic foundations of the continent as they did, their myths and tales can be said to be the earliest voices from the dawn of Western civilisation. Later, with the growth of the Roman and Viking empires, their influence died -- except in Ireland. There, less exposed to new traditions, their original culture is preserved in these stories.

Rich with magic and achingly beautiful, they speak of a land of heroic battles, intense love and warrior ideals, in which the otherworld is explored and men mingle freely with the gods. From the vivid adventures of the great Celtic hero Cu Chulaind, to the stunning 'Exile of the Sons of Uisliu' - a tale of treachery, honour and romance - these are masterpieces of passion and vitality, and form the foundation for the Irish literary tradition: a mythic legacy that was a powerful influence on the work of Yeats, Synge and Joyce.


  • The Wooing of Étaín
  • The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel
  • The Dream of Óengus
  • The Cattle Raid of Fróech
  • The Labour Pains of the Ulaid and the Twins of Macha
  • The Birth of Cú Chulaind
  • The Boyhood Deeds of Cú Chulaind
  • The Death of Aife's Only Son
  • The Wasting Sickness of Cú Chulaind and the Only Jealousy of Emer
  • The Tale of Macc Da Thó's Pig
  • The Intoxication of the Ulaid
  • Bricriu's Feast
  • The Exile of the Sons of Uisliu

Original title: Early Irish Myths and Sagas
Original languages: Other


Genre: MythologyRetellings

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Edition #1: Early Irish Myths and Sagas

Early Irish Myths and Sagas (1981)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Jeffrey Gantz
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Early Irish Myths and Sagas (1981)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Harmondsworth, Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0140443975
Pages: 280

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