The best books about Tuatha Dé Danann 📚

Browse the best books on Tuatha Dé Danann as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Gods and Fighting Men: The Story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland

Gods and Fighting Men: The Story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland

By Lady Gregory

Why this book?

Although we’ve never stopped telling stories on this island, there is no doubt that a huge part of our heritage would have been lost if not for those who collected it, translated it for a non-Irish-speaking audience, and published it around the world. Lady Gregory’s brilliant collection, Gods and Fighting Men is the one on which so many others are based.

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The best books for exploring Irish mythology

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Book cover of Irish Folk and Fairy Tales

Irish Folk and Fairy Tales

By Michael Scott

Why this book?

When I was researching my own book, a local librarian found a copy of this title for me. The book was out of print but contained some wonderful retellings of fairy tales from Ireland. What I loved about the book was that some of the tales were new to me and I haven’t come across many of them since. Even at that early stage of his writing life, Scott wrote expertly. It’s no wonder he went on to have a very successful career as an author. His Tuatha Dé Danann stories inspired my own tale, "Nuada of the Silver Arm"…

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The best books of Irish fairytales, myths, and legends

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Book cover of Over Nine Waves: A Book of Irish Legends

Over Nine Waves: A Book of Irish Legends

By Marie Heaney

Why this book?

This is possibly the best collection of Irish myths and legends that I’ve read. It’s as comprehensive as Lady Gregory’s book but much more palatable. It charts the mythology of Ireland from the arrival of the Tuatha Dé Danann, right up to the arrival of Christianity. Written in clear, no-nonsense prose, this was one of my prime reference texts when writing my own book.

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The best books of Irish fairytales, myths, and legends

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The Book of Conquests

By Jim Fitzpatrick

Why this book?

Jim Fitzpatrick’s CV may include the world’s most famous portrait of Che Guevara, but in Ireland, he is better known for his glorious depictions of our native myths and legends. If anything can be said to be his masterpiece, it is his work in The Book of Conquests. The text is a translation of a medieval manuscript, Lebor Gabála Érenn. This account of the mythical origins of Ireland was my most important inspiration for writing The Call. But as a child, it was the pulse-pounding illustrations that really made my jaw drop.

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