The Goddess Whom The Blacksmiths Adored Part One: The Cook-pit of the Carrion Birds

…’This is a cooking-place,’ said Finnachaidh, ‘and it is a long time since it was made.’ ‘That is true,’ said Caoilte, ‘and this is the cooking-place of the Great Queen.’ ⁃ Colloquy of the Ancients (1)

The Hunters of Souls Part Two: Saint Vortigern and The Mystery of the Maniac of the Woods

*** The Hunters of Souls: Part One can be found here: https://theburntthumb.wordpress.com/2020/10/13/the-hunters-of-souls-part-one-an-old-irish-curse/ (I) Giraldus Cambrensis’ Itinerarium Cambriae– 1191 A.D. (H) Nennius’ Historia Brittonum– Between the 9th-11th centuries (V) Geoffrey’s Vita Merlini– 12th century (K) Jocelyn’s Life of St. Kentigern– 12th century (G) Vita sancta Gurthierni– 12th century (L) Lailoken and Kentigern– 15th century (Q) TheContinue reading “The Hunters of Souls Part Two: Saint Vortigern and The Mystery of the Maniac of the Woods”

On Hallowe’en Night, One Thousand Years Ago…

“(It was) beheld at Maistiu one battalion of (demons) which was destroying Leinster….. For there was a sword of fire out of the gullet of each of them, and every one of them was as high as the clouds of heaven.” ⁃ A vision witnessed on Samhain, The Annals of Tigernach*

The Hunters of Souls Part One: An Old Irish Curse

So… as I read more and more excellent posts by fellow bloggers I get more ideas for topics here, and it’s become something of a heaping backlog; I still need to write about the Irish blacksmith goddess, water horses, Edern ap Nudd, portrayals of the cyclops in Celtic literature, and a host of others thingsContinue reading “The Hunters of Souls Part One: An Old Irish Curse”

The Antiquity of ‘The Romance of Geraint and Enid’ Part 2 – Some Irish Evidence

Abbreviations (e) Érec et Énide by Chretien de Troyes, 12th century (g) Geraint ac Enid by anonymous, 14th century (y) Roman d’Yder by anonymous Anglo-Norman poet of French extraction, 13th century (f) Tain bo Fraich, by anonymous, 8th century Starting where we left off in the previous post, “The Antiquity of ‘The Romance of GeraintContinue reading “The Antiquity of ‘The Romance of Geraint and Enid’ Part 2 – Some Irish Evidence”

The Antiquity of ‘The Romance of Geraint and Enid’ Part 1 – The British Evidence

There has been a significant amount of debate about the origin of the thirteenth or fourteenth century Welsh romance ‘Geraint ac Enid’, and its relation to the French work ‘Erec et Enide’ by Chrétien de Troyes in the later half of the twelfth century. Scholarly opinion generally fall into two camps: that the text ofContinue reading “The Antiquity of ‘The Romance of Geraint and Enid’ Part 1 – The British Evidence”

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