T. W. Rolleston, Celtic Myths and Legends
A thick, rather charming introduction to Irish and Welsh myth, written in the early
years of this century. Combines discussions of Celtic religious belief with short
retellings of the prominent legends. Many black and white illustrations.
Charles Squire, Celtic Myth and Legend: Poetry & Romance
Essentially the same type of book as Rolleston's, and just as much fun to read or
R. J. Stewart, Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses
Discussion of popular types of Celtic deities, as they were known under various names
in different Celtic countries. Profusely illustrated, including a number of full-page
Marie Heaney, Over Nine Waves: A Book of Irish Legends
Immensely readable retellings of the major Irish stories of the Mythological cycle, the
Ulster Cycle, and the Finn Cycle.
Peter Berresford Ellis, The Chronicles of the Celts: New Tellings of Their Myths and Legends
A massive new collection of traditional legends from Ireland, Wales, Brittany,
Cornwall, and the Isle of Man, in engaging, readable versions by a noted scholar of
Lady Augusta Gregory, Gods and Fighting Men: The Story of the Tuatha De Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland
Turn-of-the-century retellings of the Mythological cycle and the Finn cycle, by a key
figure of the Irish literary renaissance. Very flavorful versions, with a lilting and
poetical use of language. Influential and a bit challenging.
Lady Augusta Gregory, Cuchulain of Muirthemne: The Story of the Men of the Red Branch of UIster (Forgotten Books)
"I think this is the best book that has come out of Ireland in my time. Perhaps I
should say that it is the best book that has ever come out of Ireland; for the stories
which it tells are a chief part of Ireland's gift to the imagination of the worldand
it tells them perfectly for the first time." W.B. Yeats. Another collection of
retellings in Lady Gregory's rich and leisurely style. The same book is also available (at a somewhat
lower price) as part of A Treasury of Irish Myth, Legend & Folklore: Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry, a
gigantic omnibus that also includes one of Yeat's collections of Irish folklore.
Tom P. Cross and Clark Harris Slover (editors), Ancient
An amazing, 600-page collection, including Tales of the Tuatha De Danann,
The Ulster Cycle, The Cycle of Finn, Ossian, and their Companions, Tales
of the Traditional Kings, The Voyage of Bran Son of Feabal, and Place-Name
Stories. Apparently these are direct translations, rather than retellings, though
somewhat abridged in places (indicated by ellipses). Reprinted by Barnes and Noble for
their bargain shelves.
Jeffrey Gantz (translator), Early Irish Myths and Sagas
Translations of a number of well-known tales, many of them dealing with the hero
Gwyn Jones and Thomas Jones (translators), The Mabinogion
The key collection of Welsh mythology, in the best translation that I have seen. Tales
that are by turns tragic, comic, and mystifyingly suggestive.
Mike Dixon-Kennedy, Celtic Myth & Legend: An A-Z of People and Places
A handy reference volume in an attractive and relatively inexpensive edition.
James MacKillop, A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology
The mother of all Celtic mythology dictionaries, a huge achievement of scholarship. I
found more detail here than in any other reference source.
Alexander Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations from the Gaelic
Prayers for many purposes, collected in the Scottish highlands in the late 19th
Century. Most are explicitly Christian, but are believed by many to be based on underlying
traditions dating back to pagan Celticism. This is an English-only reprint of a work that
was originally bilingual English/Scots Gaelic.
Kondratiev, The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual
Somewhat general work by one of the founders of Celtic Reconstructionism, a neopagan
spiritual movement that attempts to base itself strictly on ancient Celtic roots, while
eschewing all Wiccan or Romantic Druid Revival influences. Presents a series of guidelines
for founding and running a neoceltic circle. Not a detailed how-to, but an interesting
Erynn Rowan Laurie, A Circle of Stones: Journeys and Meditations for Modern Celts
Short collection of pagan meditations, rituals, and prayers in Gaelic and English,
including directions for a sort of pagan Celtic rosary.
Caitlin and John Matthews, Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom: A Celtic Shaman's Sourcebook
Large collection of articles about various aspects of Celtic and Druidic practice,
including translations of myths and other texts that illustrate these ideas.