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Fingal's Cave, the Poems of Ossian, and Celtic Christianity

Paul Marshall Allen and Joan deRis Allen

284 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"


Published:  May 1999


  • “Fingal, the great initiate hero, one of the outstanding spiritually awakened individualities of the Gaelic world, guided the destiny of his people from the earliest times onward. His name was given long ago to that unique wonder of the natural world, known as Fingal’s Cave. Fingal’s fame was sung by his son, the blind bard Ossian, often called the Homer of the ancient Scottish north.”

On the isolated island of Staffa, near Iona, Scotland, stands a natural wonder of the world. Fingal’s Cave—an extraordinary cathedral-like space, with its sides and roof made of hexagonal balsatic columns and a floor made of the ocean, whose tides create constant musical sounds. It has been been a source of mystery, spiritual insight, and artistic inspiration for centuries. To understand Fingal and his importance to Celtic culture, we must understand the poems of Ossian and ancient Celtic Christianity.

The authors describe the history and importance of Fingal’s Cave and the poems of Ossian, showing why they influenced such diverse figures as Medelssohn, Jefferson, Napoleon, and Turner.


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