Storyteller, teacher, folklorist, and author of numerous books and recordings, Eddie Lenihan has been collecting stories from the elders of Southern Ireland for twenty-seven years and sharing them with audiences around the world through radio, television, and live presentation. Lenihan lives in County Clare, Ireland.
This is a comprehensive anthology of oral tales collected by master storyteller, folklorist, and author Lenihan (Defiant Irish Women) while on a 27-year mission to preserve the rich storytelling tradition of southwest Ireland. The 100-plus stories feature the seanchai, the traditional teacher and tale spinner of Irish folklore, and can be divided into three major categories: fairy places and signs of their presence, who fairies are and what they want, and the gifts, punishments, and other outcomes of fairy encounters. Like fairy tales generally, these stories are seldom benign, featuring fairy bedevilment, banshees, mystery winds, and forts. Lenihan's fairies are not gossamer, angelic creatures wielding magic wands and bestowing rewards but instead "the other crowd," who inhabit a mysterious land full of dangers, supernatural evils, forbidding enchantments, and broken taboos. This wide-ranging collection will be especially important to collections focusing on storytelling or Irish folklore.-Richard K. Burns, MSLS, Hatboro, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"Mr. Lenihan is one of the few traditional story-tellers--seanchai in Gaelic--still working in Ireland."