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Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish (Celtic World of Morgan Llywelyn)

Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish (Celtic World of Morgan Llywelyn) By Morgan Llywelyn Bard The Odyssey of the Irish Celtic World of Morgan Llywelyn This is the tale of the coming of the Irish to Ireland and of the men and women who made that emerald isle their own

  • Title: Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish (Celtic World of Morgan Llywelyn)
  • Author: Morgan Llywelyn
  • ISBN: 9780812585155
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish (Celtic World of Morgan Llywelyn) By Morgan Llywelyn This is the tale of the coming of the Irish to Ireland, and of the men and women who made that emerald isle their own.
    Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish (Celtic World of Morgan Llywelyn) By Morgan Llywelyn

    Bard The Odyssey of the Irish Celtic World of Morgan Bard The Odyssey of the Irish Celtic World of Morgan Llywelyn Mass Market Paperback March , by Morgan Llywelyn Author Visit s Morgan Llywelyn Page Find all the books, read about the author, and See search results for this author. Bard The Odyssey of the Irish Morgan Llywelyn, Houghlin It s hard to truly say what happened back in the swirly mists of time, especially going as far back as when the mythical Milesians arrived, accompanied by the legendary bard, Amergin However, this book does a fine job of evoking that past as it might have been. Bard The Odyssey of the Irish by Morgan Llywelyn Bard, by Morgan Llywelyn, is a blend of fantasy and historical fact that centres around the coming of the Celts to Ierne, i.e Ireland The bard named in the title is Amergin, a druid and minstrel who is the son of Milesos, the clan chief of a tribe. Bard The Odyssey of the Irish Lion of Ireland

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    1. Carol on said:

      I found this book to be a bit of a slog if I didn t have time to read it in hour long chunks Not one you can pick up and read in 10 minute intervals which is what I ve been doing alot lately.Having read her book, Lion of Ireland The Legend of Brian Boru, I was excited to read about Ireland s history Until I read Bard I had no idea that there was a theory that the current occupants of Ireland descended from a tribe of Gauls that had migrated to the northern Iberian peninsula and then north to Ir [...]

    2. Mike (the Paladin) on said:

      Ms Llywelyn obviously loves the Irish or at least her idea of the Irish I have read several of her books and I mostly enjoy them As I ve said before I don t particularly enjoy romance for romance s sake It wouldn t do to criticize this work or any of her works for any historical inaccuracies as her novels are largely fantasy not historical fiction.Ms Llywelyn is an accomplished story teller and she can paint a picture of the mythical Ireland in which her characters move and breath that will plac [...]

    3. Jack Massa on said:

      Compelling, half mythical story of the voyage of the Gaels to Ireland, circa 300 BCE Llywelyn is a master of the big canvas, and she effortlessly pot boils up an array of interesting characters and powerful conflicts, centered on the large family of the Sons of Mil The protagonist is Amergin, a semi historical bard whose attributed poetry stands at the wellspring of European literature A central theme is the contrasted loves of beauty and war, eros and thanatos, that stand at the core of the Iri [...]

    4. Michelle on said:

      Morgan Llywelyn writes most often about Ireland I love Ireland and reading about Irish history, especially ancient Ireland It seems like the one country that really is out of a fairy tale I also love reading about the historical mythical figures of Ireland s past she makes them become very real Bard is the story of the founding of Ireland well of those who we consider Irish The Milesians come to the island and make contact with the Tuatha Da Danansa mythical fairy race This tells the story of th [...]

    5. gina on said:

      I m cleaning out my bookshelves and getting rid of some of the books I read years ago I loved this book and Llywelyn for writing it I hope if I have children they will read it and it will stir in them the longing to learn about a people from long ago that seemed to me so magical and amazing It will be hard to part with this book but I know it will go to someone else where it will hopefully impact and impress.

    6. Jason Kelley on said:

      I read this years ago I remember really enjoying it Fiction or fact Who knows She claims to have assembled the story from many myths I believe her Also, this story is where I got my e mail tag from Bitchin.

    7. Marybeth on said:

      This is my 2nd reading of the book, and it is as good perhaps better than the first read through So much detail, so many lovely places to stop and dwell on the author s style which is reminiscent of the seanchaidhe of the Irish in those periods when it was illegal to be formally educated Her obvious passion for, and eloquent use of, language is refreshing in a day and age where so few care any about the words themselves and turn and to stilted text speak and such ugh Some other reveiwers have [...]

    8. Monica Davis on said:

      3.5 stars No question that the author can tell a great tale, and this one was conceptually very good I was distracted by the seemingly disjointed, unbalanced, sub storyo many unanswered questions, and a somewhat abrupt , unsatisfying ending All in all, an interesting meme to current cultural trends, with some wonderful symbology.

    9. Jennifer on said:

      this book tells the story of Amergin, a bard, and his brothers the sons of Milesios this is the tale of their migration from Iberia to the western isle ireland , and how they vanquished the Tuatha de Danaan, to found the irish race Llywelyn s books are marvelous, and i liked this one a lot.

    10. Diane on said:

      Got this one free at work at the book exchange A weaving of the myths and legends of ancient Ireland and how the celtic people traveled from Normandy to Spain to Ireland and the early settling Very easy and interesting read.

    11. Hannah Law on said:

      Bard, by Morgan Llywelyn, is a blend of fantasy and historical fact that centres around the coming of the Celts to Ierne, i.e Ireland The bard named in the title is Amergin, a druid and minstrel who is the son of Milesos, the clan chief of a tribe Amergin s tribe lives in modern day Spain, and is a tribe that focuses on swordsmanship and warriors rather than music and literature So when Amergin learns of a fertile new country from visiting traders, he immediately makes plans to leave the tribe w [...]

    12. Phyllis on said:

      I suspect I have some Irish blood, since I have always been fascinated by books about the Irish Especially those that teach me something new One such book was How the Irish Saved Civilization From another book whose title sadly escapes me that was basically about fabric, I learned about the blonde, kilt clad mummies who were dug up in Western India Similar to the Vikings who also covered a great deal of territory for their times, the Irish Celts were wanderers Given the extent of the author s bi [...]

    13. Sharkie on said:

      My god has this book left me a mess Like a total, ugly crying mess.The writing was gorgeous, the characters felt real and were engaging and beautiful, and the plot was great And the fact it s based on a real tale makes it even better Amergin, obviously, stole my heart He was so emotional, so connected to the earth yet also disconnected, yet still human and perfect I ve gotta say that Odba and Scotta were far and away my favourite characters sigh They were just so well developed and I loved their [...]

    14. Dean Chace on said:

      Having some Irish blood, and as a fan of mythology and fantasy, I found this book to be quite captivating Despite it s small type, I had trouble putting it down The story of Amergin the bard, the Gaels, and their eventual trek to and settlement of Ierne made for very enjoyable reading I recommend highly to those interested in the story of the Celts and Irelands distant history While it is a novel, and therefore only based on truth, the story brings you a picture of what life may have been like d [...]

    15. Isaac on said:

      Solid interesting book It s a long, long rambling tale, with some really good story telling.

    16. Jim Galford on said:

      Very enjoyable fictionalized account of the beginning of the Irish in Ireland, their arrival and settlement of the island.

    17. Sharon Reamer on said:

      Hard to really order my thoughts about this book I ve been looking forward to reading it ever since I grabbed it off a shelf in a small Dublin bookstore last year at Shamrokon.What I loved the weaving of details into the story clothes, food, houses, facial hair styles, etc It made me really feel as I could see these southern Celts close up What I liked the entangling of myth and history Every historian is an interpreter and a writer of historical fiction even so I enjoyed Morgan Llywelyn s inte [...]

    18. Henry McLaughlin on said:

      I have long been a fan of Morgan Llywelyn and this book doesn t disappoint Originally written in 1984, it has been reissued by TOR Tom Doherty Associates.This novel is an epic description of how the Gaels came to Ireland, led by a druid bard, Amergin A vision of a land across the unknown sea calls Amergin When his native land on the Iberian Peninsula is weakened by drought and overcrowding, the clans adopt his vision and set sail for the land of his dream They find it after an arduous journey an [...]

    19. Dawn Lennon on said:

      The mysteries of the people and cultures from ancient times reveal so much about those of us living in modern times our capacity for good and ill, the impact of ego, the forces between pragmatism and art, and our struggles with tolerance and compromise We experience a tour d force on all of these themes as Morgan Llywelyn, a scholar of Celtic history, takes us into the lives of those Gaels who traveled from Gaul to Ireland Ierne in search of a lush land to resettle their tribes.This is a story o [...]

    20. Tina on said:

      I am a fan of all things fantastic and magical, and I can say without a doubt that there is certainly a heft dose of that in this book The historical viewpoint of the tale of Amergin and his mighty brothers is an excellent introduction to this book.The reason the book only gets 3 stars is that llywelyn seems to have left the story unfinished There are great hints and pieces of begun tales that never get completed I am, in fact, a fan of the Happy ever after ending, and this book falls far, far s [...]

    21. Lisa on said:

      It was ok I didn t enjoy it nearly as much as I ve enjoyed a couple others by Llywelyn Red Branch was much enjoyable In general I like her books but this one seemed a bit weak to me, I felt like it was dragging on to a disappointing ending.As always she is very strong in the history There is a sense of knowing the Irish in this book but yet something disappoints me Perhaps it is the senes of Shakespearean tragety that encompases the book Red Branch had that sense of the tragic fate yet I really [...]

    22. Lynn Parker on said:

      A wonderful historical fiction story about the origins of the Celtic people as they journey to and take possession of Ireland The epic tale is told by The Bard as only he could tell it It s an older book 1984 that many would overlook A friend of mine knew I loved the Outlander series and lent me The Bard because, like Outlander , it tells the story of a family of proud warriors and peaceful people trying to survive in a warring, mystical, culturally rich time The Bard is the first of a series of [...]

    23. Sarah Stanfield on said:

      I wanted to love this book so, so badly But the truth is, I just couldn t get through it I hesitate to give this a poor rating, because it could just be me, but I just couldn t get into the story It s so tantalizing ever since I married a man from Ireland eight years ago, Irish mythology has intrigued me greatly, and nothing than the Tuatha D Danann, the mythical race that conquered Ireland, who were then conquered by the sons of Milos, the mythical forebears of the modern day Irish Unfortunate [...]

    24. Lora on said:

      When I picked this up from where it s been sitting for years collecting dust, I thought I was re reading it, only to discover I was completely wrong What a treat I have admired many of Llywelyn s novels and her ability to tie words together in complex, beautiful knot work While not quite a historical novel, some characters and events are based in the Irish tradition Reading the afterword and looking at the bibliography were interesting and helpful in understanding the writer s choices Like so mu [...]

    25. Stacy on said:

      Good read Someone commented on this being a romance but I just can t see that since the girl isn t even met until the end And no other people have any romance going on in this tribe, just jealousy testosterone The Bard s relationship with the girl strikes as odd since he describes her race as so small frail, childlike So the book is about the culture the struggle that sends the people looking for land the bloodthirsty ways of the people who need war so badly that peace cannot be tolerated.

    26. Amber on said:

      I first read this back in highschool and loved it Now almost twenty years later I found I still enjoyed the tale of Amergin and his brothers In alot of ways this feels like a soap opera celtic style with lots of angst and drama I love the interweaving love hate relationships between the various characters and struggle of a bard in a warrior culture I did feel the ending of this was very weak, but overall it was an enjoyable read.

    27. Gracy on said:

      While this book is very well composed and very difficult to put down, it lacks a balance of characters 1 hero, 2 or 3 friends, and a wealth of antagonists of varying levels of evil and has possibly the most truncated non ending I ve read in recent memory Absolutely tragic the way the book just stops short right after bad complications occur, which happen right after what could have been a fine ending Bah.

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