Celtic Myths (The Legendary Past) by Miranda Jane Green
Celtic Myths is a tiny book (only 80 pages including index) but it makes for an interesting and informative read if you are just beginning to read Celtic mythology. Much of the information in the book deals with Irish and Welsh mythology. The thing that I appreciate the most about this book is the Further Reading page at the end of the book just before the Index.
As with everything dealing with the Celts the author starts by telling us how we know about Celtic myths. She starts out with a definition of mythology and myths and then moves on to discuss the time period that the Celtic Myths is discussing mainly from 600 BCE – 400 CE. She also discusses the sources for the myths, which is always important.
The topics discussed in the book are the Tuatha Dé Danann, the Ulster Myths, some early Welsh myths, fertility, land, water, druids, sacrifice ritual, death, rebirth and the otherworld. Then the book also discusses groupings of myths like the divine lovers, the sun and sky myths, as well as animals in cult and myths.
This book is not meant as the be all and end all of books on the Celtic myths, but rather a beginning. It can be used by people who just want a glancing look at the Celtic myths, as well as people who are just starting out in reading the Celtic myths and want easy and understandable background on the subject. So if you are interested in Celtic mythology (especially Irish) and want to know some of the main players in these myths this is a great place to start.