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This is a bit off topic, but inspired by the game's theme. All of these epic tale cards and short explanations in the book makes me want to read more about them. Does anyone have a book suggestion which would have some compilation of these stories?

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Hello,

This is not off topic at all, this is totally on topic.

My suggestions :

- The Book of Conquests, by Jim Fitzpatrick
- Nuada Silver Arm, by Jim Fitzpatrick
Written and illustrated by the man himself

- The Cattle Raid of Cooley, I don't know what version to suggest in English, I've read it in French.

- Not mythology but very interesting: Historical Atlas of the Celtic World, by John Haywood.

You have a comprehensive presentation of the cycles, stories and characters here: http://bardmythologies.com

Sláinte!
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There is also this classic: The Mabinogion https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-mabinogion-97801...

It's primarily about Welsh Celtic mythology, whereas I believe Inis is more based on Irish Celtic mythology, but there's plenty of crossover and shared myths and characters.
 
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That's right! But I didn't use it in Inis to be consistent, though I wanted an Anwynn Epic Tale...
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Kris wrote:
Hello,

This is not off topic at all, this is totally on topic.

My suggestions :

- The Book of Conquests, by Jim Fitzpatrick
- Nuada Silver Arm, by Jim Fitzpatrick
Written and illustrated by the man himself

- The Cattle Raid of Cooley, I don't know what version to suggest in English, I've read it in French.

- Not mythology but very interesting: Historical Atlas of the Celtic World, by John Haywood.

You have a comprehensive presentation of the cycles, stories and characters here: http://bardmythologies.com

Sláinte!


Thanks for the suggestions. The Book of Conquests is from 1978 apparently, and hasn't been reprinted (recently) so it's just used copies on Amazon I think. Couldn't find Nuada Silver Arm on Amazon, except as some celtic themed band

Maybe one of these myth anthology books?

Like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Early-Irish-Myths-Penguin-Classics/dp...
Which apparently has the stories:
The Wooing of Etain
The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel
The Dream of Oengus
The Cattle Raid of Froech
The Labour Pains of the Ulaid and the Twins of Macha
The Birth of Cu Chulaind
The Boyhood Deeds of Cu Chulaind
The Death of Aoife's Only Son
The Wasting Sickness of Cu Chulaind and the Only Jealousy of Emer
The Tale of Macc Da Tho's Pig
The Intoxication of the Ulaid
Bricriu's Feast
The Exile of the Sons of Uisliu

Or maybe this one: https://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Myths-Legends-Irish/dp/0486265...

This one looks nice: https://www.amazon.com/Treasury-Folklore-Peasantry-Cuchulain...

Edit: I just realized that the art for this game is done by Jim Fitzpatrick, the author/illustrator of the first two books you suggested. I'll have to see if I can get my hands on them, this art is amazing.
 
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In my youth I read Thomas Kinsella's translation of the Táin and enjoyed it. Art by Louis le Brocquy.
 
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While not quite Mythology...Jennifer Kennealy Morrison's (wife of Jim) CELTIAD series are a fun twist of the story of St Brendan the navigator...making mythology into Sci-Fi with Brendan taking them to the stars instead.
 
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Lady Augusta Gregory's Gods and Fighting Men is pretty good. Should be easy enough to find a hard copy, though it's up on gutenberg too -

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/14465

 
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The historical novelest Morgan Llewelyn did a book on the Celtic move from Spain to Ireland in Ancient days:

Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish

She also did a book on the Medieval Celts about Brian Boru (with Vikings):

Lion of Ireland

Lady Gregory wrote other books on topic, as well as the one mentioned above. Her friend Irish poet William Butler Yeats did a play cycle on Cuchulainn.

Others:

Celtic Myth and Legend, Poetry and Romance by Charles Squire

Celtic Mythology by Ward Rutherford

Here are a couple of newer books on related topics which I picked up a few years ago at the National Museum in Dublin:

Complete Guide to Celtic Mythology by Bob Curran
(Popular treatment on themes)

Mythic Ireland by Michael Dames
This amazing book actually links real geographic locations to the myths, and talks about the ancient sacred organization of Irish provinces.

There is also an entire school of Wiccan/Pagan Celtic 'magical' practices attempting to revive the ancient beliefs.

Celtic Rituals: A Guide To Ancient Celtic Spirituality
by Alexei Kondratiev



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Kris wrote:
Hello,

This is not off topic at all, this is totally on topic.

My suggestions :

- The Book of Conquests, by Jim Fitzpatrick
- Nuada Silver Arm, by Jim Fitzpatrick
Written and illustrated by the man himself

- The Cattle Raid of Cooley, I don't know what version to suggest in English, I've read it in French.

- Not mythology but very interesting: Historical Atlas of the Celtic World, by John Haywood.

You have a comprehensive presentation of the cycles, stories and characters here: http://bardmythologies.com

Sláinte!


There is an English translation of the Cattle Raid of Cooley by Thomas Kinsella which is pretty good and still in print. Though it uses the Gaelic Title of "Táin Bó Cuilagne." It also includes some of the myths which lead up to the Táin like Deirdre of the Sorrows and the Labor Pains of Macha.
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