Wednesday, May 15

Midsummer Night's Dream & Celtic Mythology


**Many thanks to our 15yo son, who created the Modern Mythology posts!**

Many of the Celtic myths derive from superstitions and folklore. There is a lot of crossover between the mythologies like that of Arthur and that of the Romans and Norse. Both cultures had quite a bit of influence on the legends, as they both controlled the land for quit some time. This led to many of their customs and legends becoming similar. 

One example is the fact that Lugh, an important god of Irish mythology, had a magic spear just as Odin had Gungnir, his spear. There is also a important figure named Dagda, who is shown to have a giant club and a skin draped over his shoulder, much like Heracles with his club and the skin of the Nemean Lion. 

Unfortunately, there isn't much to write about the actual myths themselves. Most of the mythologies of places such as Wales and Scotland were lost with the coming of Christianity. The myths, which were retold through oral communication, were altered by the Christian faith.  Some were even lost to history!

Read
  • A Midsummer Nights Dream - This book is a little easier to understand, and it appeals to a love of Legos!
    • The story takes place in Athens. Theseus, the Duke of Athens, is planning his marriage with Hippolyta, and as a result he is a planning a large festival. Egeus enters, followed by his daughter Hermia, her beloved Lysander, and her suitor Demetrius.  Add a few sprites and fairies, and trouble ensues!
    • Read the full book synopsis here.
  • King Arthur - This an abridged and easier-to-read edition of the classic story.
Make / Do
Watch
Vocabulary
  • fairy
  • sprite
  • Arthur
  • Merlin
  • Excalibur
  • Gungnir
  • Lugh
  • Dagda
  • Heracles
Think
  • How else do you think other mythologies have affected the evolution of Celtic myths?
  • Can you think of some books that have been influenced by Celtic myths?

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