The King of Ireland's Son: An Irish Folk-tale

by Padraic Colum

Paperback, 1986



Local notes

398.2 Col


Floris Books (1986), Edition: 8th, 288 pages


The King of Ireland's son sets out to find the Enchanter of the Back-Lands where he meets the Enchanter's daugh-ter Fedelma. He loses her and has many adventures to find her again.

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Physical description

288 p.; 5.5 x 1 inches


086315512X / 9780863155123



User reviews

LibraryThing member deirdrea
A remarkable book! I loved it as a child, and still love it today. Colum weaves the threads of many Irish folktales, myths and legends into a single story -- "the unique tale" -- and sends his heroes (3, including a girl!) on a quest to discover that same story, and by so doing, to discover themselves. Complicated? Yes! but in the way that a piece of Waterford crystal, or an ancient illuminated manuscript is complicated. Intricate, perhaps, but not overly involved or confusing. Just lovely!
And, speaking of illuminations, the illustrations by Willy Pogany are marvelous!
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LibraryThing member caro488
Colum, Padraic - The King of Ireland's Son - mish-mosh of tales - bewitched princesses, brothers turned into swans, heroes who must accomplish an impossible task to win a bride - snooze-fest, and all the various princes became confusing - even moreso when at the end they all turn out to be brothers. Just how many children can a queen lose in one lifetime...?)… (more)
LibraryThing member katieloucks
My teacher read part of this to us in second grade - I didn't totally get it, but I liked it.




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