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Tales of the Elders of Ireland : World's Classics - Ann Dooley

Tales of the Elders of Ireland

World's Classics

Paperback Published: 10th July 2008
ISBN: 9780199549856
Number Of Pages: 304

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"'Dear holy cleric,' they said, 'these old warriors tell you no more than a third of their stories, because their memories are faulty. Have these stories written down on poets' tablets in refined language, so that the hearing of them will provide entertainment for the lords and commons of later times.' The angels then left them." Tales of the Elders of Ireland is the first complete translation of the late Middle Irish Acallam na Senórach, the largest literary text surviving from twelfth-century Ireland. It contains the earliest and most comprehensive collection of Fenian stories and poetry, intermingling the contemporary Christian world of Saint Patrick, with his scribes, clerics, occasional angels and souls rescued from Hell, the earlier pagan world of the ancient, giant Fenians and Irish kings, and the parallel, timeless Otherworld, peopled by ever-young, shape-shifting fairies. It also provides the most extensive account available of the inhabitants of the Irish Otherworld - their music and magic, their internecine wars and their malice toward, and infatuation with, humankind - themes still featured in the story-telling of present-day Ireland. This readable and flowing new translation is based on existing manuscript sources and is richly annotated, complete with an Introduction discussing the place of the Acallam in Irish tradition and the impact of the Fenian or Ossianic tradition on English and European literature. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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`" an eminently readable translation . . . . Dooley and Roe include an excellent introduction . . . . They also include a very helpful guide to the pronunciation of Irish names, . . . . This work will be of considerable value to those working in medieval Celtic studies, as well as in folklore and mythology or comparative literature"' James E. Doan, Irish Studies Review, Vol.8 No.3 2000

ISBN: 9780199549856
ISBN-10: 0199549850
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 10th July 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.22

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