The Lore of Ireland

An Encyclopaedia of Myth, Legend and Romance

Dáithí O hOgain

The definitive reference book on Ireland's cultural and religious heritage.
Date Published :
May 2006
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781843832157
Pages : 549
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : Available


Ireland has one of the finest cultural heritages and a standard reference book combining the related subjects of folklore, myth, legend and romance is long overdue. There are 350 substantial entries, in alphabetical order from Abán, a 6th-century saint, to Weather, all with full references to sources, a synopsis of relevant stories, and discussion of their origin, nature and development. These are complimented by a genre-list of material under various headings, such as Mythical Lore, Fianna Cycle, Ulster Cycle, King Cycles, Peoples and Traditions, Religious Lore, and Folk Custom and Belief. There is also a wealth of genealogical detail, indicating how historical and social circumstances have influenced the growth and spread of Irish lore. DAITHI O HOGAIN, Associate Professor of Irish Folklore at University College Dublin, was an international authority on folklore and traditional literature.

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