CELTIC STUDIES ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Notations c. 1991/1992 Erynn Darkstar.
The following books, articles, papers and ephemera are in my personal
collection are photocopies. Annotations will contain notes regarding
the format of the material, my general comments or impressions as to
copy quality or the usefulness of the material for a Pagan practit-
C - cloth binding
T - trade paper
M - mass paper
P - photocopy
S - spiral bound
A - article
E - ephemeral material of some sort, e.g. cards, charts, etc.
244 entries as of April 18, 1992.
-- Basic Irish for Parents, (Institiuid Teangeolathochta Eireann,
1985) P, gover language course for parents with children learning
-- Britannia After the Romans; Being an Attempt to
Illustrate the Religious and Revolutions of That Province in the Fifth
and Succeeding Centuries. (Henry G. Bohn, London, 1836) C, uncut
pages. An early examination of Celtic mythology and society with a
critical and discerning eye for bullshit.
-- Do Ghabh.laibh Arend, (no pub data available)
PS, vol 1 of possibly 4 or 5. English text and translation.
Covers the beginning of the world to the invasio the Sons of M.l. --
Focl.ir P.ca English-Irish Irish-English Dictionary (An G.m, Baile
Atha Clia T, pocket dictionary.
-- The Birth of Merlin : A Comedy Attributed to William Shakespeare &
William R (Element Books, Longmead 1989) T, commentary by RJ Stewart
and others. More of Stewart's "Merlinology".
Bain, George, Celtic Art : The Methods of Construction (Dover, NY
1973) T, an introduction to constructing knotwork designs.
Bartrum, P. C., Tri Thlws Ar Ddeg Ynys Brydain : The Thirteen Trea-
sures of Brit (Etudes Celtiques, 1963) AP, a discussion of the 13
Treasures, some original te from Welsh with English translation.
Bleakley, Alan, Fruits of the Moon Tree : The Medicine Wheel &
Transpersonal Psychology (Gateway Books, Bath 1988) T, Jungian/Graves-
ian psychobabble based in tree-lore.
Bodmer, Frederick, The Loom of Language : An Approach to the Mastery
of Many Languages (Norton, NY1985) T, reprint of 1944 edition. Lin-
guistics, touches on Celtic languages among others in the Indo-Europ-
Bonwick, James, Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions (Dorset 1986) C,
reprint o edition.
Bord, Janet & Colin, Earth Rites (Grenada Publishing, London 1982) C,
book club by arrangement with publisher. Fertility folklore and
Bord, Janet & Colin, Sacred Waters : Holy wells and water lore in
Britain and I (Grenada Publishing, London 1985) C, folklore and site
gazetteer of wells and springs.
Bord, Janet & Colin, The Secret Country (Walker and Co, NY 1976) C,
folklore, l UFO's and mysterious sites.
Borvo, Alan, Le Grand Oracle Celtique d'Alan Borvo (Grimaud, nd) ET,
card deck, layout chart and booklet in French and English. Unusual
three-suit and Major Arcana structure.
Breathnach, Breand.n, Folk Music and Dances of Ireland (Mercier Press,
Dublin 1 T, reprint of 1971 edition. Brief history of folk music and
dance with some sa scores.
Breatnach, Liam, The Cauldron of Poesy, (Eriu #32, 1981) AP, Irish and
English dealing with internal "cauldrons" and possibly a meditative or
yogic system. G glossary appended.
Breeze, David J. and Brian Dobson, Hadrian's Wall (Pelican/Penguin,
Middlesex 1 M, b/w photo plates. An archaeological survey of Had-
rian's Wall and the sites deities associated with it.
Briggs, Katherine M, A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales (Indiana
University Pre Bloomington 1970) C, vols 1-4 of 4 vols. 1 and 2 are
Folk Narratives, 3 and 4 Folk Legends. No real indexing or table of
contents, so things are difficult to locate.
Briggs, Katherine M. The Fairies in English Tradition and Literature
(Bellew Pu London 1989) T, reissue of 1967 edition. Celtic and later
Bromwich, Rachel, Celtic Dynastic Themes and the Breton Lays (Etudes
Celtiques, AP, a discussion of kingship and successsion with the
figure of Sovereignty outlined.
Bromwich, Rachel, Trioedd Ynys Prydein : The Welsh Triads (University
of Wales Cardiff, 1961) P, translation and discussion of the Welsh
Triads. Welsh and English. Four pages in the indexes and supplemen-
tary material on names are bad copies.
Brown, Beth Phillips, A Celtic Daybook (White Pine Press, Fredonia NY
1987) T, perpetual illustrated calendar with brief mythological
Buchan, David, Scottish Tradition : A Collection of Scottish Folk
Literature (R & Kegan Paul, Boston 1984) C, folk songs, drama and
Byrne, Mary E & Dillon, Myles, T.in B. Fra.ch (Etudes Celtique, Paris,
June 193 The Driving of Fr.ech's Cattle in English, with analysis.
Calder, George, Auraicept na n-.ces : The Scholar's Primer (John
Grant, Edinbur PS, Irish and English text and translation from the
Book of Ballymote, and the Yellow Book of Lecan, with the Ogham Tract
and the Trefhocul. Much not translated. A primary medieval source on
Ogham. Fold-out facsimile pages illustrating Oghams.
Cameron, Anne, Tales of the Cairds (Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park
BC, Canada 1989) T, fiction, myth. Carmichael, Alexander, Carmina
Gadelica : Hymns and Incantations : Ortha nan Gaidheal (Scottish
Academic Press, var dates) SP, have 1-5, and in process of gaining
access to all 6 volumes. Scottish Highland folk prayers and charms in
Gaelic and English.
Carr-Gomm, Philip, Elements of the Druid Tradition (Element Books,
Longmead 199 T, inside look at a particular British Druidic order's
workings. About average terms of an occultist's knowledge of Celtic
Castleden, Rodney, The Wilmington Giant : The quest for a lost myth
(Turnstone Wellingborough 1983) T, analysis of an English hill-figure.
Cavendish, Richard, Prehistoric England (British Heritage Press, NY
1983) C, archaeological gazetteer.
Chadwick, Nora, Celtic Britain (Newcastle Publishing, North Hollywood
1989) T, archaeology, history.
Chadwick, Nora, The Celts (Penguin, Middlesex 1985) M, archaeology,
Chadwick, Nora, Geilt (Scottish Gaelic Studies vol V, part II, Oxford
1942) AP, analysis of sacred madness in Irish and Scottish tales.
Chadwick, Nora, Imbas Forosnai (Scottish Gaelic Studies vol IV, part
II, London AP, an excellent discussion of Irish visionary and divin-
Caesar, The Conquest of Gaul (Penguin, London 1984) M, translation by
S. A. Han revisions by Jane Gardner.
Caesar's Gallic wars.
Chotzen, Th M Th, Emain Ablach - Ynys Avallach - Insula Avallonis -
Ile D'Avalo (Etudes Celtiques, Paris 1948) AP, article in French on
the Isle of Apples.
Coghlan, Ronan, Dictionary of Irish Myth and Legend (Donards Publish-
ing, Bangor 1979) T, brief compilation of the more familiar characters
and places of Irish.
Cole, Bryony & John, People of the Wetlands : Bogs, Bodies and
Lake-Dwellers (T & Hudson, NY 1989) c, many photos & line drawings.
Worldwide survey of bog finds and bodies, with significant material on
Celtic finds. Archaeology, hist.
Connellan, Owen, The Annals of Ireland, Translated from the Original
Irish of t Masters. (Bryan Geraghty, Dublin 1846) P, poor copy
throughout, dark and spotty. English-only translation of early annals,
including numerous footnotes regarding the Tuatha d. Danann. Who did
what to whom, and when.
Cross, Tom Peete and Clark Harris Slover, Ancient Irish Tales (Barnes
Noble, NJ 1988 reprint of 1936 edition) C, a good standard English-
-only translation of much mythic material.
Cunliffe, Barry, The Celtic World : An Illustrated History of the
Celtic Race, Culture, Customs and Legends (Greenwich House, NY 1986)
C, archaeology, mythology and brief discussion of modern legacy. Many
Curtin, Jeremiah, Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland (Dover, 1975) T,
unabridged r 1890 Myths and Folk-Lore of Ireland without introduction
from original edition.
Darkstar, Erynn, Ogham, Tree-Lore & The Celtic Tree Oracle : Part I
(Preppie Bi Press, Seattle 1991) T, self-published compilation and
reorganization of the first two Fireheart articles on Ogham and Irish
Darkstar, Erynn, Ogham, Tree-Lore and The Celtic Tree Oracle: Search-
ing for Roots (Ouroboros, Roskilde Denmark various dates) A, Manteia :
A magazine for the mantic arts #3, #4, #6. Parts 1, 2 & 3 of a
projected 7-part series.
Darkstar, Erynn, Ogham, Tree-Lore and The Celtic Tree Oracle (Fire-
heart, 1991) 1 of projected 5-part series.
Davidson, HR Ellis, Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe : Early
Scandinavian and Celtic Religions (Syracuse University Press, Syracuse
1988) T, archaeology and folklore.
Davis, Courtney, Celtic Iron-On Transfer Patterns (Dover, NY 1989) T,
Davis, Courtney, The Celtic Tarot (Aquarian, Wellingborough 1991) ET,
accompany book by Helena Patterson. Nice Tarot deck artwork, but the
book is really abysmal. Has one of those stinky plastic casette
de Santillana, Giorgio and Hertha von Dechend, Hamlet's Mill : An
Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge and its Trans-
mission Through Myth 2ed (David R. Godine, Boston 1983)
de Troyes, Chr.tien, Arthurian Romances, Including Perceval, (Everyman
Library, Charles E. Tuttle & Co, Rutland VT 1991) T, translation by D.
D. R. Owen. A good translation of some of the original Arthurian
Dillon, Myles & . Cr.in.n, Donncha, Teach Yourself Irish (Random
House, NY 1987 confusing language course in the "Teach Yourself..."
Dillon, Myles, Early Irish Literature (University of Chicago Press,
Chicago 194 summary of many mythic themes by an acknowledged expert in
Dillon, Myles, The Cycles of the Kings, (Oxford University Press,
London 1946) compilation of English-only translations of King Cycle
Doan, James E., Sovereignty Aspects in the Roles of Women in Medieval
Irish and Society (Northeastern University, Boston 1984) P, Irish
Studies Program working paper.
Doan, James E., Studies in Welsh Arthurian Romance: Peredur and
Trystan (Northeastern University, Boston 1990) P, Irish Studies
Program working paper. Dobbs, ME, Altromh Tighi da Medar : The Foster-
age of the House of the Two Goble (Zeitschrift Fur Celtische Phil-
ologie, NY 1930, Band XVIII) AP, tale in Irish a English featuring
Manann.n mac Lir and others of the S.dhe.
Dorson, Richard M (ed), Peasant Customs and Savage Myths : Selections
from the British Folklorists, 2 vols (University of Chicago Press,
Chicago 1968) C, Discussions of and excerpts from the works of
influential British folklorists.
Duval, Paul-Marie, Obesrvations sur le Calendrier de Goligny, III
(Etudes Celti 1963) AP, French article (third in a series) on the
Dwelly, Edward, Faclair Gaidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan : Dwelly's
Illustrated G English Dictionary (Alexander MacLaren & Sons, Glasgow
1967) C, Scottish Gaelic, line illustrations
Dyer, T. F. Thiselton, British Popular Customs, Present and Past;
Illustrating and Domestic Manners of the People : Arranged According
to the Calendar of the Year (George Bell & Sons, London 1876) C,
calendrical lore and folk- celebrations from England, Wales, Cornwall,
Mann, Ireland and Scotland. Very good early source.
Easpaig, Donall MacGiolla, Noun + Noun Compounds in Irish Placenames
(Etudes Celtiques, Paris 1981) AP, discussion of elements of place
Ellis, Peter Berresford, A Dictionary of Irish Mythology (Oxford
University Pre 1987) T, a good reference by a known Cornish-language
Evans, E. Estyn, Irish Folk Ways (Routledge & Kegan Paul, London 1988)
T, discu of folk tools and country life.
Evans, E. Estyn, The Personality of Ireland : Habitat, Heritage and
History (Ca University Press, London 1973) P, double-sided copy.
Brief anthropological stu of Irish personality as developed within the
context of the land and its history.
Evans-Wentz, WY, The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries (Citadel Press,
NY 1990) T reprint of 1911 edition. Folklore concerning the s.dhe.
Faraday, W, Druidic Triads : The Wisdom of the Cymry (Sure Fire Press,
Edmonds 1984) T, unsourced triads in English. Probably from the
Barddas. Ferguson, Samuel, Ogham Inscriptions in Ireland, Wales and
Scotland (David Doug Edinburgh 1887) P, a listing and interpretation
of many of the inscriptions of Ogham from Celtic lands.
Fleetwood, John, History of Medicine in Ireland (no pub data avail-
able) P, chap "The Pre-Christian Era".
Flower, Robin, The Irish Tradition (The Clarendon Press, Oxford 1947)
P, a good primer on Irish folklore and tales, and the Irish literary
Ford, Patrick K, The Mabonogi and Other Welsh Medieval Tales (Univer-
sity of Cal Press, Berkeley 1977) T, one of the best translations
Fortune, Dion, Avalon of the Heart (Samuel Weiser, NY 1971) C, reprint
of 1934 Pagans, Joseph of Arimathaea and Atlantean priesthoods.
Fox, Robin, The Tory Islanders : A People of the Celtic Fringe
(Cambridge Unive Press, London 1978) C, an excellent study of the past
and present culture of To Isle, including some very interesting notes
Gantz, Jeffrey, Early Irish Myths and Sagas (Penguin, London 1988) M,
good tran of several Irish tales and some poetry. Geoffrey of Mon-
mouth, History of the Kings of Britain (E. P. Dutton, NY 1958) M
standard reference in the field. Sebastian Evans translation, revision
by Char Dunn.
Gerschel, Lucien, L'Ogam et le Nombre : Pr.histoire des Caract.res
Ogamiques (Et. Celtiques, 1962) AP, French article on the Ogham and
Gerschel, Lucien, L'Ogam et le Nom (Etudes Celtiques, 1963) AP, French
article apparently regarding Ogham and masons's marks.
Gmelich, Sharon ed. Irish Life and Traditions (Syracuse University
Press, Syrac T, analysis of impact of tradition on modern Irish life.
Gomme, Alice B, The Traditional Games of England, Scotland and Ireland
(Thames Hudson, NY 1984) T, 2 vols in 1 originally printed in 1894 and
1898. Words and music to children's games, rules for adult's games.
Interesting survivals of P influence.
Graves, Robert, The White Goddess (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, NY 1966)
T, amended edition of 1948 printing. Mythic history reinterpreted
Gray, Elizabeth A, ed. Cath Maige Tuired : The Second Battle of Mag
Tuired (Iri Society, Leinster 1982) PS, Irish and English text and
translation. Excellent and commentary. This press is noted for its
Green, Miranda, The Gods of the Celts (Barnes & Noble, Totowa NJ 1986)
C, archaeological analysis of deific types.
Gregory, Lady Augusta, Cuchulain of Muirthemne (Colin Smythe Ltd,
Gerrards Cros 1976) T, reprint of 1902 edition. The first accessible
English translation of stories of Cuchulain, the T.in and the Red
Gregory, Lady Augusta, Visions & Beliefs in the West of Ireland (Colin
Smythe L Gerrards Cross 1979) T, reprint of 1920 edition. Folktales
and anecdotes collected over 20 years.
Gwynn, Edward, Poems From the Dindshenchas (Royal Irish Academy,
Dublin 1900) P Todd Lecture Series Vol VII. Geographic origin poetry
in Irish and English.
Gwynn, Edward, The Metrical Dindshenchas (Royal Irish Academy, Dublin
1903) P, Todd Lecture Series Vol VIII. Part I of 5(?) Geographic
origin poetry in Iris and English.
Haggard, H Rider, A Farmer's Year (The Cresset Library, London 1987)
T, reprint 1899 edition. Diary touching briefly on aspects of English
folklore and custom.
Hartley, Christine, The Western Mystery Tradition (Aquarian, London
1968) T, considered a "classic" by some occultists, it is for the most
part more Atlantis and space-aliens.
Hartley, Dorothy, Lost Country Life : How English country folk lived,
worked, thatched, rolled fleece, milled corn, brewed mead... (Pantheon
Books, NY 1979) T, folk life in England and Wales.
Hastings, James ed. Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics (Charles
Scribner's So nd) AP, poor copy quality. Excerpts on the Celts by
various authors: Ancestor- Worship and Cult of the Dead; Art; Blest,
Abode of the; Calendar; Celts; Druids Dualism; Ethics and Morality;
Fairy; Festivals and Fasts; Feinn Cycle; Head; Ma (Introductory)
(Celtic); May, Midsummer; Stones (Introductory and Primitive); Stone
Monuments (Rude); Sun, Moon and Stars (Primitive) (Celtic);
Transmigration (Introductory and Primitive) (Celtic).
Hawkes, Christopher & Jacquetta, Prehistoric Britain (Pelican, Middle-
sex 1952) reprint of 1937 edition. Archaeology.
Hawkes, Jacquetta, A Guide to the Prehistoric and Roman Monuments in
England an Wales (Abacus, London 1978) T, reprint of 1951 edition.
Heaney, Seamus, Sweeney Astray : A version from the Irish (Farrar,
Strauss & Gi NY 1985) T, poetry based on traditional poetry of Buile
Suibhne, the Frenzy of Sweeney.
Henry, PL, The Cauldron of Poesy, (Studia Celtica #14/15, 1979/1980)
AP, Irish English of a text dealing with internal "cauldrons" and
possibly a meditative or yogic system.
Hoover, Tracey, The Celtic/Druid Tarot (a privately printed work in
progress - yet) E, discussion of the possibilities of a Celtic/Druidic
Tarot system. Grav based.
Hubert, H, The Greatness and Decline of the Celts (Constable Press,
London 1987 History of Civilization series. Volume 2 of 2. Originally
published in 1934. Archaeology, history.
Hubert, H, The Rise of the Celts (Constable Press, London 1987) C,
History of Civilization series. Volume 1 of 2. Originally published in
1934. Archaeolog history.
Hughes, Thomas, The Scouring of the White Horse (Allan Sutton,
Gloucester 1989) reprint of 1859 edition. An account of the White
Horse of Uffington's yearly cleansing festival of 1857.
Hull, Vernam, Cairpre mac Edaine's Satire Upon Bres mc Aladain
(Zeitschrift F.r Celtische Philologie, NY 1930, Band XVIII) AP, Irish
and English text of the Satire.
Hull, Vernam, L.m D.oraid, (Zeitschrift F.r Celtische Philologie, NY
1930, Band AP, notes on the phrase "the hand of a hostile stranger."
Hull, Vernam, The Four Jewels of the Tuatha d. Danann, (Zeitschrift
F.r Celtisc Philologie, NY 1930, Band XVIII) AP, discussion of the
Treasures and Irish and English text from the Lebor Gab.la.
Hull, Vernam, Cause of the Exile of Fergus mac Roig, (Zeitschrift F.r
Celti Philologie, NY 1930, Band XVIII) AP, Irish and English text from
the Book of Leinster.
Hutton, Ronald, The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles :
Their Nature Legacy (Blackwell, Oxford 1991) C, well-written, inter-
esting, and (surprisingly familiar with at least some of the neoPagan
movement. He concludes that there no such thing as a Pagan survival
anywhere in the British Isles. Strictly archaeology-based.
Ingalls, Jaquelin, Moon, Sun and Stars : An Accurate Solution of the
Sickbed of Cuchulainn as a Nature Myth (thesis, University of Wash-
ington, Seattle 1950) P, examination of the Sickbed as a description
of an eclipse and Celtic star-lore.
Jackson, Kenneth Hurlstone ed. A Celtic Miscellany (Penguin, NY 1971)
M, reprin 1951 edition. Excerpts from Celtic tales and poetry in Eng-
Jackson, Kenneth Hurlstone, The Oldest Irish Tradition: A Window on
the Iron Ag (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1964) P, text of
the 1964 Rede Lecture. Discussion of Pagan Iron Age elements in the
Jackson, Kenneth, Language and History in Early Britain (The Univer-
sity Press o Edinburgh, Edinburgh 1956) C, hardcore linguistics.
Jackson, Kenneth, The Gododdin : The Earliest Scottish Poem (Edinburgh
Universi Press, Edinburgh 1978) M, reprint of 1969 edition. Trans-
lation and analysis, b the poem is spread throughout the book, not
printed as a whole.
Jekyll, Gertrude, Wood and Garden : Notes and Thoughts, Practical and
Critical, Working Amateur (The Ayer Company, Salem NH 1983 - reprint
of 1899) P, chapter "December" which contains a reference to a gar-
dener's notched writing system vaguely resembling an Ogham.
Jones, Gwyn & Thomas, The Mabinogion (Everyman's Library, NY 1974) C,
reprint o 1949 translation.
Kinsella, Thomas, The Tain (University of Philadelphia Press,
Philadelphia 1985 translation of the Tain Bo Cuailnge with brush & ink
illustrations by Louis le Brocquy.
Kirk, Robert, The Secret Common-Wealth (Folklore Society, Cambridge
1976) C, ed Steward Sanderson. Compilation of manuscripts dating from
the period of approx 1644. Highland folklore concerning witches and
Knott, Eleanor, An Introduction to Irish Syllabic Poetry of the Period
1200 - 1 (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin 1957) P, poor
copy quality. English description of metres and poetry in Gaelic with
Knowlton, Derrick, The Naturalist in Scotland (David & Charles, London
1974) C, photo plates, line drawings. A brief guide to the flora and
fauna of Scotland. Little folklore, but much interesting information
on location and habitat of na and imported animals and plants.
Ledwich, Dr. Antiquities of Ireland (Dublin 1804) P, reprint of 1792
edition. copy. Antiquarian notes and speculation. Lehmann, RPM & WP,
An Introduction to Old Irish (University of Texas Press, Aus nd) P,
poor quality copy. Works through the text of Scela Mucce Meic Datho
and some poetry.
Lehmann, Ruth P, "The Calendar of the Birds" and "A Grave Marked With
Ogam" : T Problem Poems from the Book of Leinster (.tudes Celtique,
Paris 1980) AP, poetry and analysis in Irish and English.
Lethbridge, TC, The Legend of the Sons of God (Routledge & Kegan Paul,
Boston 1 T, megalithic figures and space aliens.
Lethbridge, TC, Gogmagog : The Buried Gods, (Routledge & Kegan Paul,
London 195 P, story of Lethbridge's dig on buried hill-figures and a
study of related "gia tales.
Linguaphone Institute, C.rsa Gaelige (London, 1974) PE, Irish language
instruct vols and cassettes.
Littleton, C. Scott, The New Comparative Mythology : An Anthropolog-
ical Assessm the Theories of Georges Dum.zil, 3ed (University of
California Press, Berkeley 1982) T, excellent overview of Dum.zil's
material, which includes references to works on Celtic mythology.
Logan, James, The Scottish Gael; or Celtic Manners, as Preserved Among
the Highlanders ... 5ed (S. Andrus & Son, Hartford nd) P, the chapter
"Of the Knowledge of Letters Among the Celts"
Logan, Patrick, Irish Country Cures (Appletree Press, Belfast 1981) T,
folk med herbology.
Lyle, Emily B, Dumezil's Three Functions and Indo-European Cosmic
Structure (publication data unknown, 1982) P, notes and discussion of
God/Goddess roles i IE structure.
MacAlister, RA Stewart, The Secret Languages of Ireland : with special
referenc origin and nature of the Shelta language (University Press,
Cambridge 1937) PS, good modern anlaysis of Ogham and "Oghamized
MacAlister, RAS, Corpus Inscriptionum Insularum Celticarum (Coimisi.n
L.imhscr.bhinn. Na h.ireann, Dublin 1949) P, 2 vols. An attempt to
catalogue a of the stone inscriptions and some inscribed archaeolog-
ical finds in Ireland. Reviewed in Speculum as terribly poor and
incomplete, but a gallant effort.
MacAlister, RAS, The Archaeology of Ireland (Nethuen & Co, Lodon 1928)
P, the chapters on Ogham & title page.
MacAlpine, Neil & Mackenzie, John, Gaelic-English and English-Gaelic
Dictionary (Gairm Publications, Glasgow 1979) C, formerly "MacAlpine's
Pronouncing Gaelic Dictionary". Scottish Gaelic.
MacCana, Proinsias, Celtic Mythology (Hamlyn, London 1970) C, overview
of mythological themes and personalities.
MacCulloch, John Arnott and M.chal, Jan, Mythology of All Races :
Volume 3, Cel and Slavic (Cooper Square Publishers, NY 1946) C, two
volumes bound as one; Celtic Mythology by MacCulloch and Slavic Myth-
ology by M.chal. B/w plates, colorized plate frontspiece. Fair to
good general overview with brief retellin certain sections of tales.
MacCrossan, Tadhg, The Sacred Cauldron : Secrets of the Druids
(Llewellyn, St. 1991) T, a sexist, racist look at "non-political"
druidry. Some useful information but mostly either bad or dangerous
advice, like a ritual that includes giving honey to a newborn
MacFirbis, Duald, On the Fomorians and the Norsemen (Det Norske
Historiske Kildeskriftfond, Bogrykkeri 1905) P, trans by Alexander
Bugge. Text compiled approx. 1650. Irish and English. Equates the
vikings with the mythical Formoi.
MacKillop, James, Fionn mac Cumhaill : Celtic Myth in English Liter-
ature (Syrac University Press, Syracuse 1986) T, analysis of Fionn as
a literary figure, from hero to buffoon.
Mackinnon, Roderick, Teach Yourself Gaelic (Hodder & Stoughton, NY
1985) M, a reasonable Scots Gaelic course from the "Teach Yourself..."
MacLaren, James, MacLaren's Gaelic Self-Taught (Gairm Publications,
Glasgow 198 revised 4th edition. Scots Gaelic language course.
Maclean, Charles, Island on the Edge of the World : The Story of St.
Kilda (Tap Publishing Co, NY 1980) C, b/w photos. The evacuation of
the St. Kilda Islanders.
MacLeod, Fiona, The Winged Destiny : Studies in the Spiritual History
of the Ga (Lemma Publishing, NY 1974) C, reprint of 1904 edition.
Pseudonym of William Sharp. Fiction, essays, myth/folklore.
MacManus, Seumas, The Story of the Irish Race (The Devon-Adair Com-
pany, Old Greenwich CT 1974) C, revision of 1921 edition. Mythic
history, pseudo-history and political history up to approximately
Malory, Sir Thomas, Le Morte d'Arthur : A rendition in modern idiom by
Keith Ba (Bramhall House, NY 1962) C, a passable modern rendition.
Markale, Jean, Women of the Celts (Inner Traditions International,
Rochester VT T, translated from 1972 French edition. Primary focus on
Welsh and Breton, ver little discussion of Goddesses.
Matthews, Caitl.n & John, Hallowquest : Tarot Magic and the Arthurian
Mysteries (Aquarian, Wellingborough 1990) T, a magickal system to go
with their Arthurian based Tarot deck. Interesting but forced in many
Matthews, Caitl.n & John, The Western Way : A Practical Guide to the
Western My Tradition, Vol 1 The Native Tradition (Arkana, NY 1985) T,
analysis of British and Celtic mythological material which states that
Pagan deities are "unregenerate godforms".
Matthews, Caitl.n & John, The Western Way : A Practical Guide to the
Western My Tradition, Vol 2 The Hermetic Tradition (Arkana, NY 1986)
T, an expansion on vol 1 which insists that qabala and Egypto-Greek
hermeticism is the True Wester Way.
Matthews, Caitl.n, Arthur and the Sovereignty of Britain : King and
Goddess in Mabonogion (Arkana, NY 1989) T, discussion of the Irish and
Welsh concept of Sovereignty as feminine embodiment of the land.
Matthews, Caitl.n, Mabon and the Mysteries of Britain : An Exploration
of the Mabinobion (Arkana, NY 1987) T, another Matthews "occult book
of the month club" publication.
Matthews, Caitl.n, The Celtic Tradition (Element Books, Longmead 1989)
T, volum "The Elements of..." series. So-so introductory Celtic myth
Matthews, John, Taliesin : Shamanism and the Bardic Mysteries in
Britain and Ir (Aquarian, Wellingborough 1991) T, better than their
average attempt. Good discussion of similarities between "shamanic"
trance-techniques and aspects of "bardic mysteries."
Matthews, John & Caitl.n, The Aquarian Guide to British and Irish
Mythology (Aq Wellingborough 1988) T, sketchy and incomplete compen-
dium of mythic figures.
Matthews, John & Caitl.n, The Grail Seeker's Companion : A Guide to
the Grail Q the Aquarian Age (Aquarian, Wellingborough 1986) T,
compendium of people and places, with suggested magickal system.
Matthews, John, The Arthurian Tradition (Element Books, Longmead 1989)
T, a vol in "The Elements of..." series. Talks about the Matter of
Britain without real talking much about the Pagan origins.
McKenna, Lambert ed. Bardic Syntactical Tracts (Dublin Institute for
Advanced S Dublin 1944) PS, notes on grammar and syntax in Irish, with
some obscure notes and partial translations in English.
McNeill, F. Marian, The Silver Bough (Cannongate, Edinburgh 1989) M,
vol 1 of 4 Scottish folk and calendrical lore.
Megaw, Ruth & Vincent, Celtic Art : From its beginnings to the Book of
Kells (T & Hudson, NY 1990) T, many plates. Archaeology, art history.
Merrifield, Ralph, The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic (New Amsterdam
Books, NY 1988) T, excellent overview of the archaeological evidence
for magic and religi ritual in the British Isles and Western Europe.
Meyer, Kuno, Hail Brigit : An Old-Irish Poem on the Hill of Alenn
(Hodges, Figg Co, Ltd, Dublin 1912) P, a Dindsenchas poem about Brigid
and the Hill of Ailenn Facing page Irish-English text & translation.
Meyer, Kuno, Selections from Ancient Irish Poetry, (Constable & Co,
London 1911 translations of Irish poetry from different periods.
Meroney, Howard, Early Irish Letter-Names (Speculum, Vol XXIV, No. 1,
Jan. 1949 Cambridge, MA) PA. Proposes the Ogham letter names to be
"kennings" rather than a list of trees. Linguistics, history.
Murphy, Gerard, Early Irish Lyrics, Eighth to Twelfth Century (Clar-
endon Press, 1970) P, first published in 1956. Poor copy quality.
Irish and English text a translation, analysis of poetic metre and
Murray, Colin, Ephemera collection (Golden Section Order) EP. Deck:
Ogham Diviniation Tree Card Pack. Charts: Directions on Using the
Ogham; Ogham Divination Correspondence Chart. Posters: Ogham Alphabet
Cyphers; The Soli/Lunar Gaelic Year; The Tree Alphabet Beth Luis Nuin;
The Triple Goddess; The Golden Section; The Pilgrim Path of Percival
on the Serpent of Initiation t Achieve the Grael Quest; Four Fire
Murray, Liz & Colin, The Celtic Tree Oracle : A System of Divination
(St. Marti NY 1988) PE, cards and accompanying information booklet.
Naddair, Kaledon, Ogham, Koelbren and Runic (Shamanic Divination
Scripts) of Br and Europe (Private publication, nd) P, 2 vols. Poor
quality copies, euro size paper. Heavily line illustrated. Very odd,
lots of CAPITALS. Anti-Graves.
Nagy, Joseph Falaky, The Wisdom of the Outlaw : The Boyhood Deeds of
Finn in Ga Narrative Tradition (University of California Press,
Berkeley 1985) C, excellen analysis of the Fenian Cycle through the
Macgnimartha Fionn and its related material. One of the best avail-
New Celtic Review (London) P, periodical from the Golden Section
Order. Beltan double-size euro format, Beltaine 1984, euro paper.
N. C. Dobs, Maighr.ad, Tochomlad Mad Miledh a hEspain i nErind : no
Cath Taillt (.tudes Celtique, Paris, June 1936) AP, The Battle of
Taillten in Irish and Eng N. Ghr.d., M.ir.ad, Progress in Irish (The
Educational Company, nd) T, basic Ir grammar and vocabulary.
N. Sh.aghdha, Nessa, Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the National
Library of Fasciculus I (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin
1967) P, a partial cataloguing of Irish manuscripts. Excellent source
for translations available the publication date.
Norton-Taylor, Duncan, The Celts (Time-Life Books, New York 1974) P,
O'Boyle, Se.n, Ogam, The Poets' Secret (Gilbert Dalton, Dublin 1980)
T, Ogham a method of musical notation.
O'Corr.in, Donnchadh, Liam Breatnach, and Kim McCone ed., Sages,
Saints and Storytellers : Celtic Studies in Honor of Professor James
Carney (An Sagart/Maynooth, Naas 1989) P, selected essays from the
work: Davies, The place of healing in early Irish society;
McCone, A tale of two ditties: poet and sati Cath Maige Tuired;
McManus, Runic and Ogam letter-names: a parallelism;
O'Briain, Some material on Ois.n in the Land of Youth;
O'Buachalla, Aodh Eangach and the Irish king-hero; O'Corr.in, Early
Irish hermit poetry?;
O'hAodha, The lament of the Old Woman of Beare; O'hUiginn, Tongu do
dia toinges mo thuath and related expressions;
Picard, The strange death of Guaire mac .ed.in; Sims-Williams, The
Irish geography of Culhwch and Olwen;
Tristram, Early modes of Insular expression; Williams, Some Irish
O'Curry, Eugene, Lectures on the Manuscript Materials of Ancient Irish
History Hinch & Patrick Traynor, Dublin 1878) PS, lectures at the
Catholic University o Ireland in 1855 and 1856. Excellent source
O'D.naill, Niall, Folcl.ir Gaeilge-B.arla (Richview, Brown & Nolan,
Baile Atha 1977) C, Irish Gaelic to English dictionary.
O'Driscoll, Robert ed. The Celtic Consciousness (George Braziller, MY
1987) T, lectures, essays and articles from the Symposium on Celtic
Consciousness presented at the University of Toronto in 1978.
O'hOg.in, D.ith., Fionn mac Cumhaill : Images of the Gaelic Hero (Gill
& MacMil Dublin 1988) P, selected sections with chapter notes.
O'Murch., D.agl.n & P.draig, Briathra na Gaeilge : Regular and
Irregular, (Fole Chuid, Bhaile Atha Cliath nd) P, book of verb forms
for Irish Gaelic.
O'Tuathail, Se.n, An Fiodhr.dh (privately printed, 1985) P, work on
tree-lore a divination, with some annotations.
O'Tuathail, Se.n, An Lebor Tosach : or the Book of Beginnings (priv-
ately printed tale of Celtic origins.
O'Tuathail, Se.n, Canteanna na Luise, (privately printed) P period-
ical. Issues Print quality fair to poor. Covers mostly very bad.
Primarily English with ab 1/3 written in Irish. Very useful material.
O'Tuathail, Se.n, Duan Amhairghane : The Song of Amergin (privately
printed 1984/1986) P, Irish and English reworking of the Song of
O'Tuathail, Se.n, Roscanna on Bhroguis Drum Damhghaire (privately
printed 1988) Irish and English reworking of "Druid Rhetorics from
"The Siege of the Ridge of the Stag's Call".
Parry-Jones, D, Welsh Legends and Fairy Lore (BT Batsford, London
1988) C, firs published in 1953. Folktales, legends.
Pennick, Nigel, Ogham and Runic : Magical Writing of Old Britain and
Northern E (Fenris Wolf, Cambridge 1978) P, euro size paper. Brief
discussion of Book of Ballymote and Leabhar na hUidrh. material.
Pennick, Nigel, Practical Magic in the Northern Tradition (Aquarian
Press, Guil 1989) T, passing mention of Oghams. Relates some Celtic to
Pennick, Nigel, Runestaves & Oghams (Runestaff Publications, Cambridge
1985) P, size paper. Only slight differences from Pennick 1978.
Piggot, Stuart, Ancient Europe (Aldine Publishing Co, Chicago 1970) C,
archaeol survey including proto-Celts and Celts.
Piggot, Stuart, The Druids (Thames & Hudson, NY 1986) C, archaeology.
Polunin, Oleg, A Concise Guide to the Flowers of Britain and Europe
(Oxford Uni Press, NY 1987) T, color photo plates. Field guide to
flowering plants and tre including the British Isles and Ireland.
Porter, Arthur Kingsley, The Crosses and Culture of Ireland (Arno
NY 197 Lectures on archaeology delivered at Metropolitan Museum of Art
in 1930. History of the church in Ireland as reflected in monuments
inscribed with cross.
Power, Patrick C, The Book of Irish Curses (Mercier Press, Cork 1984)
P, curses analysis with examples in Irish and English.
Propp, Vladimir, Morphology of the Folktale, 2ed (University of Texas,
Austin P Austin 1971) T, classic work on the structure and analysis of
folktales and the themes. Translated by Laurence Scott, revised by
Louis A. Wagner.
Propp, Vladimir, Theory and History of Folklore, (University of
Minnesota Press Minneapolis 1984) T, a collection of essays and other
works on the development and history of oral traditions and lore.
Translated by Ariadna Y. Martin and Richard P. Martin.
Ragan, Michael, The Runes of Ancient Ireland : R.n n. Erenn Seanda
(Runestone Publications, Dilsboro IN, 1987) S, Gravesian vaguely
Ogham-based "Irish" runic system.
Rees, Alwyn and Brinley, Celtic Heritage : Ancient Tradition in
Ireland and Wal (Thames & Hudson, NY 1989) T, reprint of 1961 edition.
Probably the best popular analysis of insular Celtic myth & folklore
Renfrew, Colin, Before Civilization : The Radiocarbon Revolution and
Prehistori Europe (Alfred A. Knopf, NY 1975) C, archaeology of
Renfrew, Colin, The Origins of Indo-European Languages (Scientific
American, Oc 1989) AP, a new linguistic theory offering a different
date for the Celtic sett of Ireland and the British Isles.
Rhys, John, Celtic Folklore, Welsh and Manx (Clarendon Press, Oxford
1901) PS, volume 1 of 2.
Richardson, Alan & Hughes, Geoff, Ancient Magicks for a New Age :
Rituals from Merlin Temple, The Magick of the Dragon Kings (Llewellyn,
St. Paul 1989) T, magickal diaries and discussion of contact with the
Rolleston, TW, Celtic Myths and Legends (Avenel Books, NY 1986) C,
volume in th "Myths and Legends" series. Facsimile of an earlier
edition, probably no later 1935-1940. Mythology of Ireland and Wales.
Ross, Anne & Robins, Don, The Life and Death of a Druid Prince : The
Story of L Man, an Archaeological Sensation (Summit Books, NY 1989) C,
archaeology. Interesting analysis of the Celtic "threefold death"
Ross, Anne, Pagan Celtic Britain : Studies in Iconography and Trad-
ition (Routle Kegan Paul, London 1967) PS, a classic source, one of
the best works by an expert in the field.
Ross, Anne, The Pagan Celts (Barnes & Noble, Totowa NJ 1986) C,
formerly Everyd Life of the Pagan Celts. Archaeology and anthropo-
Sapir, Edward, Culture, Language and Personality : Selected Essays
(University California Press, Berkeley 1958) M, essays on linguistics
and culture, edited b David G. Mandelbaum. Influential linguistic
theories regarding the origins of thought, religion, and myth in
Saul, George Brandon, Traditional Irish Literature and Its Back-
grounds: A Brief Introduction (A Revision of The Shadow of the Three
Queens), (Bucknell University Press, Lewisburg 1970) P, history,
Seymour, St. John D, Irish Visions of the Other-World : A Contribution
to the S Medi.val Visions, (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge,
London 1930) P, reasonably good material, excellent chapter on imm-
Sharp, Cecil J & MacIlwaine, Herbert C, The Morris Book (EP Publishing
Ltd, Eas Ardsley 1974) C, parts 1-3 of 5. Morris dance instructions
Sharp, Cecil J & MacIlwaine, Herbert C, The Morris Book (EP Publishing
Ltd, Eas Ardsley 1974) C, parts 4 & 5 of 5. Morris dance instructions
Sharp, Cecil J, Sword Dances of Northern England (EP Publishing Ltd,
East Ardsl 1978) C, 3 vols bound as one. Sword dance instructions and
music, folklore commentary. Also includes the Horn Dance of Abbotts
Simpson, Jacqueline, Gr.mr the Good, A Magical Drinking-Horn (.tudes
Celtiques, 1963) AP, a comparison of Gr.mr with the Horn of Bran from
Sjoestedt, Marie-Louise, Gods and Heroes of the Celts (Turtle Island
Foundation Berkeley 1982) T, trans by Myles Dillon. Original French
publication in 1940. highly respected classic.
Skelton, Robin and Margaret Blackwood, Earth, Air, Fire, Water :
Pre-Christian Pagan Elements in British Songs, Rhymes and Ballads
(Arkana, London 1990) T, English-only poetry with some commentary.
Nothing unusual. Modern poetry is included.
Spence, Lewis, Magic Arts in Celtic Britain (pub unknown - book out)
C, better average book. Lots of good information.
Spence, Lewis, The Minor Traditions of British Mythology (Rider and
Co, London C, survey of "lesser" themes of British and Celtic myth-
Spence, Lewis, The Mysteries of Britain (Health Research, Mokelumne
Hill CA 197 interesting but not necessarily accurate mythology and
Spence, Lewis, Myth and Ritual in Dance, Game and Rhyme (Watts & Co,
London, 1947) C, some b/w photos. Survey of world ritual dance, games
and rhyme, with fairly large listing of Celtic/English material.
Spencer, Edmund, The Faerie Queene (Odyssey Press, NY 1965) T, ed by
Kellogg a Steele. Books 1 & 2, with other poetry and commentary.
Steel, Tom, The Life and Death of St. Kilda (Fontana/Collins Books,
Glasgow 197 b/w photo plates. Anthropology. Another account of the
evacuation of St. Kilda.
Steinbeck, John, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (Aven-
el, NY 1982 also M, Del Rey 1976. Reworking of Mallory.
Stewart, RJ ed. The Book of Merlin : Insights from the first Merlin
Conference, June 1986 (Blandford Press, NY 1987) C, essays on
Merlinology and mythology.
Stewart, RJ, Advanced Magical Arts (Element Books, Longmead 1988) T,
western mysticism and "Celtic" archetypal forms.
Stewart, RJ (Bob), Where is Saint George? : Pagan Imagery in English
Folksong, (Blandford Press, NY 1988) P, Pagan remains and qabbalism
in English folk music.
Stewart, RJ, The Merlin Tarot (Aquarian, Wellingborough 1988) TE,
Tarot deck an explanatory book. Illustrations and deck by Miranda
Gray. Places Merlin mythology on the qabalistic tree of life.
Stewart, RJ, The Mystic Life of Merlin (Arkana, NY 1987) T,
psychological analy Geoffrey of Monmouth's Vita Merlini.
Stewart, RJ, The Prophetic Vision of Merlin (Arkana, NY 1987) T,
psychological of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Merlin material.
Stewart, RJ, The UnderWorld Initiation : A Journey Toward Psychic
Transformatio (Aquarian, Guildford 1985) T, qabala with a thin veneer
of "Celtic" and western mysticism focusing on ballads.
Strett, Jakob, Sun and Cross : The development from megalithic culture
to early Christianity in Ireland (Floris Books, London 1984) C,
megalithic monuments and religious transformation in Ireland.
Taylor, Isaac, Greeks and Goths : A Study on the Runes (MacMillan &
Co, London P, chapter on the Oghams only.
Taylor, Timothy, The Gundestrup Cauldron, (Scientific American, March
1992) A, article on the origins of the Gundestrup Cauldron, excellent
clear photos of rarely seen panels.
Taylor, Pat & Tony, The Henge : An Introduction to Keltrian Druidism,
(Keltria, Minneapolis, 1990) P, introductory material for a neoPagan
Thomas, NL, Irish Symbols of 3500 BC (Mercier Press, Dublin 1988) T,
speculativ interpretation of New Grange and other megalithic symbols
in Ireland. Thomas is absolutely certain of his analysis.
Travis, James, Early Celtic Versecraft : Origin, Development, Dif-
fusion (Cornel University Press, Ithaca 1973) P, a scholarly study of
the forms and rhythms of Celtic poetry and its spread through Europe.
Turco, Lewis, The New Book of Forms : A Handbook of Poetics (Univer-
sity Press o England, Hanover NH 1986) T, book of poetic forms
including many ancient Celtic verse patterns and structures.
Vansina, Jan, Oral Tradition as History (University of Wisconsin
Press, Madison not directly related to Celtic, but an excellent
analysis of the use and explor oral traditions. Useful in recreating
religious and mythic meanings.
Vendryes, J, L'.criture Ogamique et Ses Origines (.tudes Celtiques,
Paris, 1945 article on Ogham in French. Discussion of basic source
Ventura, Michael, Hear That Long Black Snake Moan (Whole Earth Review,
Spring 1987) AP, rock, voudon and some thoughts on an interesting
Wagner, H, Origins of Pagan Irish Religion (Zeitschrift f.r Celtische
Philologi 1981) AP, in-depth examination of Manann.n.
Watson, Alden, The King, the Poet and the Sacred Tree (.tudes Cel-
tique, Paris 1 AP, discussion of the sacred tree in Pagan Irish
Watson, J. Carmichael, Mesca Ulad (Scottish Gaelic Studies, vol V,
part I, Lond AP, translation of the Intoxication of the Ulstermen.
Webster, Graham, Celtic Religion in Roman Britain (Barnes & Noble,
Totowa NJ 19 C, formerly The British Celts and Their Gods Under Rome.
Archaeology and paleo-ethnology. Whiting, Bartlett Jere ed.,
Traditional British Ballads (Appleton-Century-Croft 1955) M, a small
ballad collection. Wood, Juliette, The Elphin Section of Hanes
Taliesin (.tudes Celtique, Paris 19 analysis of a Taliesin tale.
G., Traces of the Elder Faiths of Ireland : A Folklore Sketch :
Handbook of Irish Pre-Christian Traditions (Longmans, Green & Co,
London 1902) P, 2 vols. Line drawings. A wide-ranging collection of
excellent materi including such obscurities as Irish sweat-house
traditions. Woodman, P. C., A Mesolithic Camp in Ireland (Scientific
American, Vol. 245, No August 1981) AP, archaeology. Some thoughts
on a mesolithic site with notes regarding linguistics and the
Indo-European origin of the Irish. Wylie, Jonathan, and David Mar
golin, The Ring of Dancers : Images of Faroese Cu (University of
Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia 1981) C, anthropological study
modern and historical aspects of the Faroe Islands, an island group
of mixed Norse/Celtic ancestry with a Norse language. Yeats, William
Bulter, Mythologies (Collier, NY 1978) T, reprint of The Celtic The
Secret Rose, Stories of Red Hanrahan, The Tables of the Law, The
Adoration of the Magi, and Per Amica Silentia Lunae. Yeats, William
Butler, Irish Fairy and Folk Tales (Modern Library, NY nd) C,
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