Final “Bard” Discussion

Hey Grovies,

Sorry it took me awhile to get this started.  Things have been a bit hectic recently but I didn’t forget!

We’re going to finish our discussion on the novel  Bard the Odyssey of the Irish by Morgan Llywelyn on the blog.  Our last discussion didn’t happen because of schedule changes and our next meeting will include our Lughnasadh games…  So there might not be a lot of time for book chat.

Here are some points that might be worth discussing:

Morgan Llywelyn’s portrayal of the Tuatha de Danann?

  • Morgan Llywelyn’s portrayal of the Tuatha de Danann
  • Amergin’s relationship with his brothers
  • Amergin’s relationship with Shinnan
  • The life and death of Odba and Taya
  • The role of bards, warriors, and sacrificers in Ireland and Celtic culture in general
  • Morgan Llywelyn’s portrayal of Druids
  • Sakkar’s transformation
In addition, I’m curious as to whether you found this book enjoyable and if you’d like to read another book as a grove in the future.  I’ll let some of you chime in.  I’m going to visit family for a couple days, but I’ll add my two cents when I return!
Peace,
Grey Catsidhe
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Book Club Question

Most of you know that we’ve been reading Bard the Odyssey of the Irish by Morgan Llywelyn.  As planned, we discussed the first twelve chapters at our Beltaine meeting.  We had scheduled our discussion of chapters thirteen through twenty-four for our Summer Solstice meeting, but an emergency put it on hold.  I suggested moving our second discussion to the blog.  Now I’m wondering if those participating would like to finish discussing the book here.  Let me know what you think.  If you haven’t shared your thoughts on the beginning of the book, feel free to add those thoughts to this thread.

Our last discussion of the book includeded:

  • the role women play in Celtic societies and their strength
  • the role of the bard, warrior, and sacrificer
  • the complicated character of Colptha
  • brief thoughts on the portrayal of the Tuatha de Danann
I will post some questions about the next section shortly.  I look forward to more discussions!

Celtic Women

We had a great discussion about Bard  Saturday evening.  I’ll post more about it later as I’m only on a quick lunch break from work.  I wanted to share this article – shared by another ADF member on the discussion lists – about a recently found Celtic grave.  It belonged to a woman and is full of finery!  It made me think of the discussion we had about the rights of women in Celtic society.  Very interesting archaeological find!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13225829

What do you think?