Too Long A Sacrifice

Her man, the Bard Tadhg, was not this thing that shivered by the fire on the warmest summer days, his strange eyes vacant Maire remembered Brigid s curse May he wander far, and may you seek him down the years.She tried to forget the words, and knelt beside the pool She had never before seen the sacred trout in all the times she had come here It turned sideways it glowHer man, the Bard Tadhg, was not this thing that shivered by the fire on the warmest summer days, his strange eyes vacant Maire remembered Brigid s curse May he wander far, and may you seek him down the years.She tried to forget the words, and knelt beside the pool She had never before seen the sacred trout in all the times she had come here It turned sideways it glowed amber, unafraid Soundless, it spoke You would be Maire ni Donnall I am she You search for Tadhg MacNiall, your husband The trout hung in the water, effortless It seems he is mine no longer, Maire said He slept on the faerie mound to hear the music of the Sidhe Since then he has changed, an in no way can I heal him He played for Conn, King of the Cruithni, said the trout, but now he plays for the ruler of the Sidhe, while another wears his shape The Queen of the Sidhe is very beautiful perhaps your man has forgotten you Four years we had together, tears and laughter For beauty alone he would not be forgetting me Maire grew angry I will go after him When Tadhg would not leave the crystal world of the Sidhe, beneath Loch Neagh, Maire the Healer resigned herself to stay there the overleaf.
Too Long A Sacrifice Her man the Bard Tadhg was not this thing that shivered by the fire on the warmest summer days his strange eyes vacant Maire remembered Brigid s curse May he wander far and may you seek him down t

  • Title: Too Long A Sacrifice
  • Author: Mildred Downey Broxon
  • ISBN: 9780312944322
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Too Long A Sacrifice”

    1. I rather groaned at the beginning with its rather idealised Celtic setting of Olde Ireland. But once we get into the action and our heroes are zoomed forward into 1970s Belfast I warmed to it. I winced at the occasional solecism - a character goes "down Falls Road" from the RVH to Milltown, another complains about Monaghan having been partitioned from Ulster, Newgrange is shifted north of Dundalk (though I'd allow this for artistic reasons) and a Peace People march is confronted by a Loyalist co [...]

    2. This is the story of Tadhag and Maire, man and wife from 6th century Ireland, whose life with the faeries leads to quite another existence when they are transported to the war torn Ireland of the 20th century. Tadhag is possessed by The Horned One, a mythical creature who rules the winter month. Maire is possessed by the Goddess who rules the warmer months. It's an entertaining story full of tragedy, death and mythical creatures. Fun read.

    3. A grand and epic tale, as big as life and time itself, but packaged in a smaller size. There isn't time to get to know the human characters well, yet they are timeless and ageless,so if we know the Irish, we know Maire and Tadhg.Arrived in modern Belfast by the way of the Sidhe, they struggle to find one another as the ancient madness continues on in the endless conflict.

    4. Fascinating segue between fantasy historic Ireland and the bloody recent historical past of the Troubles. I've read books set in the Celtic dreamtime with the fae, and I've read fiction set during the Troubles, but this is the only book I've read that combines them both. It could be described as a time travel story, where the magic follows the characters from the past into the present.

    5. So glad this book crossed my path by accident! It links the ancient world of the Sidhe with modern day Ireland during the time of The Troubles. Very insightful and captivating.

    6. mythical story involving the troubles in Ireland.n, with Mythos leaking into reality of the books I love do this

    7. A very good read, about a woman from ancient Ireland and her husband, who get separated and then, even more unexpectedly, reunited after an unexpected stay in the land of the fairy folk.

    8. I read this book long ago and absolutely fell in love with. A terrific intertwining of Irish folklore, history, and the modern Troubles.

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