Celtic Wonder Tales

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Celtic Wonder Tales and Other stories

“From childhood I heard tales of ghosts, banshees, haunted castles, mischievous and friendly sprites, snatches of ballads, and political arguments … It was not until I came to Dublin and met Standish O’Grady, A.E., and Kuno Meyer that I realized what a heritage waited for me in Celtic literature. I read every translation I could get, learned Irish, and betook myself to Gaelic Ireland where, by turf fires, I could hear the poems of the Fianna recited by folk who had heard the faery music and had danced in faery circles …” -Ella Young

This is a wonderful collection of tales from Ella Young’s classic re-telling of Celtic stories, selected from Celtic Wonder Tales, The Wonder Smith and His Son, The Tangle-Coated Horse and The Unicorn with Silver Shoes. Children aged 7-12 years old will be enchanted by the magical, mysterious stories.

Table of Contents

From Celtic Wonder Tales:
— The Earth-Shapers
— The Spear of Victory
— The Cow of Plenty
— The Coming of Lugh
— The Eric-Fine of Lugh
— The Great Battle
— Inisfail
— The Golden Fly
— The Children of Lir
— The Luck-Child
— Conary Mor

From The Wonder Smith and his Son:
— How the Gubbaun Saor Gof his Trade
— How the Gubbaun Proved himself
— How the Gubbaun Saor got his Son
— How the Gubbaun Tried his Hand at Match-Making
— How the Son of the Gubbaun Met with Good Luck
— How the Gubbaun Saor Welcomes Home his Daughter
— How the Gubbaun Quarelled with Aunya, and What Came Of It
— How the Son of the Gubbaun Saor Talked with Lords from a Strange Country
— The Building of Balor’s Dun
— How the Djinn out of Balor’s Country Brought a Message to Aunya
— The Embassy of Balor’s Son
— The Gubbaun Saor’s Feast
— How the Gubbaun Saor Went into the Country of the Ever-Young
— The Great Piast

From The Tangle-Coated Horse:
— A Night of the Nights
— The Moon-Bowl
— The Silver Pool
— The Treasure-Wallt
— The Lordship of the Fianna
— The Tangle-Coated Horse

From The Unicorn with Silver Shoes
— Three Golden Apples
— The Unicorn with Silver Shoes

Author’s note

About the Author

Ella Young was born in 1867 in the little village of Feenagh, County Antrim. She died in California in 1956.

Additional information

Weight 19 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.7 × 9 in


Boris Artzybasheff, Vera Bock




September 2001






7 – 12 years


Floris Books


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