The Great Myths #14: The Destruction of Da Derga’s Hostel (Celtic)

The Great Myths #14: The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel (Celtic) Human Voices Wake Us

An episode from 10/30/21: In this seventh episode on Celtic mythology, I review one of the greatest surviving stories in the tradition, Togail Bruidne Dá Derga, or The Destruction of Da Derga’s Hostel. Since it is also fairly long, I only share two small sections from the story itself: a piece from the beginning, and from the story’s conclusion. You can read more about it here, or in the sources listed below.

The translation I use here is by Jeffrey Gantz, in his indispensable book, Early Irish Myths & Sagas. As usual, I also make of from James MacKillop’s Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology, and his Myths & Legends of the Celts.

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