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Celtic Folklore

Celtic Folklore
Welsh and Manx
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Anthropology

  • Date Published: June 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108079105

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  • John Rhys (1840–1915), the son of a Welsh farmer, studied at Oxford and in Germany, and became the first professor of Celtic languages at Oxford in 1877. His research ranged across the fields of linguistics, history, archaeology, ethnology and religion, and his many publications were instrumental in establishing the field of Celtic studies. This two-volume work, published in 1901, had its beginnings in the late 1870s, when Rhys began collecting Welsh folk tales. His entertaining preface sheds light on folklore fieldwork and its difficulties, including fragmentary evidence, alteration of stories by those interviewed, and the hostility of the religious and educational establishment to 'superstition'. For each text, Rhys provides fascinating information about his sources, and an English translation. He analyses possible origins for the tales, in imagination and myth, and in early British history, and compares them with legends from elsewhere in the British Isles.

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    • Date Published: June 2016
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108079105
    • length: 782 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 141 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.03kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Geographical list of authorities
    List of bibliographical references
    1. Undine's Kymric sisters
    2. The fairies' revenge
    3. Fairy ways and words
    4. Manx folklore
    5. The Fenodyree and his friends
    6. The folklore of the wells. Volume 2:
    7. Triumphs of the water-world
    8. Welsh cave legends
    9. Place-name stories
    10. Difficulties of the folklorist
    11. Folklore philosophy
    12. Race in folklore and myth
    Additions and corrections

  • Author

    John Rhys

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