I am sorry that I haven’t posted in awhile, I’m still imagining what you might like to hear. I was spending much time poking around the theories about the origins of the Celts. There is much to say about what little there is of the Celtic world existent in written word.
This might seem somewhat ironic after my previous post about many academics being uncomfortable with the idea of Celts at all. But certainly there were a people who lived in ways similar to folk on the mainland, these people remained, even after Romanization, in northern Britain and Ireland. Some of the academics who allow for Celts call these people the Insular Celts.
It is very interesting that these people, unlike their possible predecessors, or antecedents, or whatever, some of the legend and lore of the insular celts was preserved by Christian monks.
Now the neo-pagan greatly resents the fact that we would know almost nothing at all about the Celts, save only their material leavings, if it were not for these sons of Hibernia who happened to be able to write, and did. Would it be better if we just had Julius Caeser’s words to define a people?
Anyway, I’m a long way into this and still not much about stories. The monks wrote down oral traditions that on the main land had died with the druids who carefully preserved them in their well trained brains where it did not survive the erasure of those druids.
Tolkien wanted to supply an Anglo-Saxon mythology that he felt the English lacked. I seek only to popularize and perhaps expand what is available of the stories of an interesting folk who left very little behind. I for one am willing to believe that some or even most of what we have of Celtic legend and lore is true, at least in the sense of an echo, dimmed and somewhat clouded, of a people and a way of life.
Anyhow, I hope to bring what I find to light. Let the light judge to its truth, to expose fraud or fabrication (would you say that Frodo is Fraud? is Middle Earth not a wonderous fabrication?), to be enjoyed as entertainment, to be considered as insight into days gone, or to be a springboard to more and better discovery.