Forwarded message from Richard Marsh:
> I read the Sjoestedt book when it was reprinted by Four Courts in 1994.
> I can't now put a finger on what made me characterise it as
> psychoanalytical, but it's something to do with the way she feels the
> stories are made up from the psychological needs of the Celts -- her
> "interpretation and synthesis" (p. vi of Dillon's Preface). A similar
> thing annoys me about O'Rahilly's EIHM. That sort of deconstruction
> destroys the stories as stories, and I'm a storyteller at heart.
> Although Sjoestedt's book may be useful as a summary of the body of the
> mythology and legends, I much prefer Dillon's EIL, which briefly
> provides the placing of the stories in the literature and then tells
> enough of the major stories to give a taste of the individual narratives
> and an accurate sense of the body of lore as a whole.
> When Gods and Heroes was published in 1940, little else was available,
> and so it was probably a revelation. Sjoestedt was evidently a close
> friend of Dillon's, and his 1949 translation was a labour of affection
> and respect, possibly also meant to counter the 1946 EIHM, which he saw
> as being more distinct from Gods and Heroes than I do.
> Richard Marsh