It is a mysterious world that this selection of stories from the treasure house of Irish myths and legends describes. Here the line between the fantastical and the real is blurred: mortals and immortals live strange entwined lives; nature and high magic exist side by side. It is Ireland under its old name, Erin, a country of ancient gods with fading powers, who dwell invisible in fairy mound palaces, waiting for a chance to meddle in the affairs of men.
In The Children of Lir, Erin is a land of harsh enchantment and tragedy—even for a sea god, whose innocent children are so cruelly cursed by their foster mother. In the epic tales of Cú Chulainn, it is a proud realm of valiant heroes and near-impossible quests for love. In the stories of Finn Mac Cool Erin is a kingdom of glory where Finn leads his band of warriors, the Fianna, through their perilous adventures in defence of Erin’s shores, to a place in Irish legend forever.
About the Author
Benedict Flynn is best known for his verse translation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy but in addition he has produced modern verse versions of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Beowulf. He has also re-told the myths of The Tale of Troy, The Adventures of Odysseus, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and Robin Hood.