This welcome companion to Tales of the British People and Hero Tales from the British Isles taps the rich but barely popularized vein of the ancient Irish mythology. These stories lack the ornamentation of the later British folklore, but are starkly stirring and forceful. The action is generally violent, but its simplicity is without morbid brutality or gothic gruesomeness. With the accompaniment of detailed notes, the group of tales indicate the interesting evolution of this body of myths as well as the complex interrelationships of the family of gods. John G. Galsworthy's heraldically stylized illustrations are fitting to the text.