The Wisdom of the Celts 

Thor Ewing

£6.99 edda uk 2005

ISBN 1-904945-02-3

Writer and translator Thor Ewing is available for performances of The Wisdom of the Celts, with music from Anne Marie Summers (see below).


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New translations from medieval Welsh and Irish manuscripts on the theme of wisdom.  This collection brings together ancient texts for the first time, in a unique combination of timeless wisdom and sublime poetry inspired by the natural world.  On each page, a single verse is beautifully presented, with an illuminated initial.  Texts are chosen from proverbial lists of Threes (or'Triads') found in Irish manuscripts, and from the poems of The Red Book of Hergest (the Mabinogion manuscript).  Translations include thirty Irish Threes and three longer Welsh sequences, Bagla6c bydin (translated as 'Close-set'), Gna6t (translated as 'Usual') and Eiry mynyd (translated as 'Snow on the fells').  The Afterword looks at the nature of Celtic poetry and art, and tackles the vexed question of the Celts in British and Irish history.



Three signs of wisdom:






Performance & CD:

The Wisdom of the Celts is also available as a performance piece called Three Signs of Wisdomwith music from Anne Marie Summers, and will shortly be available on CD:

Thor Ewing and Anne Marie Summers present ancient proverbial triads of Ireland, and thousand-year-old Welsh wisdom poetry from The Red Book of Hergest (the Mabinogion manuscript), interwoven with ancient Celtic themes on harp, pipes, pibcorn and other instruments.  The performance also includes two songs from medieval Celtic tradition.

Find out more about Three Signs of Wisdom as a performance, and listen to some samples.


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