Useful Books

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Useful Books

Post by Administrator » Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:28 pm

Main books
  • Gods and Fighting Men: The Story of the Tuatha De Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland - Lady Augusta Gregory
  • Cuchulain of Muirthemne: The Story of the Men of the Red Branch of Ulster - same author
You can get the pair of them for £16 on Amazon; that's about 700 pages of Irish Mythology. Throw in The Mabinogion for Welsh mythology (about £3 on play.com) and you've got the majority of the sources that the current incarnation of Dumnonni is based upon - it certainly encapsulates the vibe I aim for.

Other books:
  • "The Norse Myths" by Kevin Crossley-Holland is by far the best version of the Viking myths (closely based on the earliest texts but also written in accessible language.
  • As for non-Scandinavian Germanic stuff - there is very little apart from Beowulf (various versions of that are available, recent translation by Seamus Heaney supposed to be very good).
  • "Finn and Hengest: The Fragment and the Episode" by J.R.R. Tolkien and Alan Bliss pulls together some of the incomplete Angle/Saxon/Jute/Geat stuff (without any orcs or hobbits)
  • The English Warrior from earliest times to 1066 by Stephen Pollington
  • Early English Heroic Legends by Kathleen Herbert
  • Kevin Crossley Holland's Beowulf
  • Northanhymbre Saga by John Marsden
  • Erik the Red and other Icelandic Sagas translated by Gwyn Jones. Magnus Magnusson also did a lot of good translations in his time.
  • http://www.greyhawkes.com/text/celts.txt
Sources: Thank you Martin

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Re: Useful Books

Post by Jan » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:27 pm

Administrator wrote:Main books
  • Gods and Fighting Men: The Story of the Tuatha De Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland - Lady Augusta Gregory
  • Cuchulain of Muirthemne: The Story of the Men of the Red Branch of Ulster - same author

Both of these (and many more) can be found online at: http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/index.htm. They appear to be OCR'd versions of the original works by Lady Augusta Gregory, so they contain a few common scan to text errors (c's becoming e's, b's becoming h's and the other way around and such). Other than that, if you can stand reading on your computer screen or tablet, many texts are easily available here.

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Re: Useful Books

Post by Elinor » Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:44 pm

Historical fiction: The Arthur trilogy from Bernhard Cornwell.

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Re: Useful Books

Post by Corinne » Sun May 06, 2012 4:04 pm

From my own bookshelf, some books I used for background info for my old Nervii priestess:

* The Gaelic Otherworld; "Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland" and "Witchcraft and Second Sight in the Highlands and Islands" - John Gregorson Campbell
* A Celtic Book of Dying: Watching with the Dying, Travelling with the Dead - Phyllida Anam-Aire
* In the House of Memory; Ancient Celtic Wisdom for Everyday Life - Steve Rabey
* Anam Cara; A Book of Celtic Wisdom - John O'Donohue

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