By Mark Williams
Ireland's Immortals tells the tale of 1 of the world’s nice mythologies. the 1st account of the gods of Irish fantasy to absorb the entire sweep of Irish literature in either the nation’s languages, the booklet describes how Ireland’s pagan divinities have been remodeled into literary characters within the medieval Christian era—and how they have been recast back through the Celtic Revival of the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. a full of life narrative of supernatural beings and their attention-grabbing and infrequently weird and wonderful tales, Mark Williams’s complete historical past strains how those gods—known because the Túatha Dé Danann—have shifted form around the centuries, from Iron Age cult to medieval saga to today’s young-adult fiction.
We meet the heroic Lug; the Morrígan, crow goddess of conflict; the hearth goddess Brigit, who moonlights as a Christian saint; the mist-cloaked sea god Manannán mac Lir; and the ageless fairies who encouraged J.R.R. Tolkien’s immortal elves. Medieval clerics speculated that the Irish divinities should be devils, angels, or enchanters. W. B. Yeats invoked them to reimagine the nationwide situation, whereas his buddy George Russell beheld them in visions and understood them to be neighborhood types of Hindu deities. The e-book additionally tells how the Scots repackaged Ireland’s divine beings because the gods of the Gael on each side of the sea—and how Irish mythology keeps to persuade pop culture a long way past Ireland.
An unequalled chronicle of the Irish gods, Ireland’s Immortals illuminates why those legendary beings have loomed so huge within the world’s mind's eye for thus long.
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Ireland's Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth by Mark Williams