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Tales of the Elders of Ireland

Edited and translated by Ann Dooley and Harry Roe

10 July 2008

ISBN: 9780199549856

304 pages

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99



Tales of the Elders of Ireland is the first complete translation of the late Middle Irish Acallam na Senórach. Dating from around the end of the twelfth century it is the largest literary text surviving from early Ireland, mingling the contemporary Christian world of Saint Patrick, the earlier pagan world of the ancient, giant Fenians and the parallel, timeless Otherworld, peopled by ever-young, shape-shifting fairies. It also provides the most extensive account available of the Otherworld's music and magic, internecine wars, 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.

  • The first complete translation of the late Middle Irish Acallam na Senórach
  • Complements Thomas Kinsella's translation of the Taín, OUP,1970
  • Relevant to all Celtic and Irish Studies courses

About the Author(s)

Edited and translated by Ann Dooley, Director, Celtic Studies Programme, University of Toronto and teacher at the Centre for Medieval Studies, and Harry Roe, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Medieval Studies and Centre for Religious Studies, University of Toronto


""One of the masterpieces of the second millennium" Paul Muldoon, TLS December, 1999"

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