George William Russel's line in the poem 'Ancient' - "A ladder the soul may climb'- might have been written to describe the Irish fold tradition and there is no doubt of its continuing appeal for readers and lovers of literature in Ireland and abroad. For centuries storytellers (seancáithe) handed down, first orally and then in writing, tales of long ago, many prehistoric, others from the early Christian period when kings, saints and heroes mingled.
Myths and folklore are stories of extraordinary and wondrous people, reatures, places and events: of voyages and monsters, of heroes like Cú Chulainn and Fionn man Cumhaill, of epic battles, of beautiful maidens lost and won, who sometimes turned into butterflies or animals.
In "Heroic Landscapes", folklore enthusiast and dedicated scholar, Rod O'Donoghue, sets out to give a coherant account of the different strands and eras of Irish myth and legend - how the kaleidoscope of stories fit together - and to present them in a way that is accessible to the general reader.
Heroic Landscapes: Irish Myth and Legends
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