The Strange Voyage of Máel Dúin


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This is a new edition of one of the great stories of Irish mythology. It is extensively illustrated in full color by Midjourney, at the time of publication the leading AI illustration tool. The text is by David Major, author of The Day of the Nefilim, and Air for Fire.

The Strange Voyage of Máel Dúin is a legendary tale from Gaelic literature that holds a significant place in the traditions of myth and history. It recounts the extraordinary maritime journey of the heroic Máel Dúin and his companions as they embark on a perilous quest.

The story begins with Máel Dúin seeking revenge for the death of his father at the hands of raiders. He gathers a crew of seventeen warriors (plus three stepbrothers who decide to tag along) and sets sail in a currach. Their voyage takes them through various mystical islands and encounters with fantastic beings, testing their courage, wit, and resilience.

Throughout the voyage, Máel Dúin and his crew face a series of challenges and adventures. They encounter strange islands inhabited by giants, shape-shifting creatures, monsters, castaway hermits, and other supernatural and surreal beings. Each encounter requires the crew to demonstrate their bravery and resourcefulness, often relying on their own intuition, as well as guidance from a variety of mentors and advisers.

One of the prominent themes is the pursuit of vengeance. Máel Dúin’s quest for revenge initially drives the story, reflecting the importance of honor and justice in Irish Gaelic culture. However, as the story progresses, Máel Dúin learns the value of forgiveness and the limitations of seeking retribution, ultimately choosing a path of reconciliation and mercy.

The Strange Voyage of Máel Dúin is a rich tapestry that weaves together elements of mythology, folklore, and historical references. It incorporates motifs found in other Irish legends, such as the Otherworld, a realm of supernatural beings parallel to our own, as well as the concept of the heroic quest. The tale also draws inspiration from the seafaring traditions of ancient Ireland and showcases the knowledge of seafaring and maritime skills of the time.

As an integral part of Irish Gaelic tradition, The Strange Voyage of Máel Dúin serves several purposes. It entertains with its surreal and adventurous elements, capturing the imagination of its audience. It also reflects the cultural values of the time, emphasizing the importance of honor, loyalty, and the pursuit of justice. Moreover, the story embodies the enduring oral tradition of passing down tales from generation to generation, preserving the history, myth, and wisdom of the Irish people.

The illustrations are by Midjourney, versions 5 to 5.2.


1. The Warrior and the Nun
2. The Birth of Máel Dúin
3. The Death of Ailill Ócar Agha
4. Máel Dúin Grows Up
5. Máel Dúin Learns the Truth
6. Máel Dúin Meets His Father’s People
7. Máel Dúin Builds a Currach and Sets Sail
8. The Island of the Murderers
9. The Ants
10. Many Brightly Colored Birds
11. The Beast that Threw Stones
12. The Demonic Horse Race
13. The Palace of Solitude
14. The Great Apple Tree
15. The Wondrous Creature
16. The Bloodthirsty Horses
17. The Fiery Swine
18. The Little Cat
19. The Island of the Sheep
20. The Burning River and the Herdsman
21. The Mill
22. The Island of Sorrow
23. The Four Fences
24. The Palace of the Glass Bridge
25. The Shouting Birds
26. The Hermit
27. The Miraculous Fountain
28. The Blacksmiths
29. The Sea of Glass
30. The Country Beneath the Waves
31. A Prophecy
32. The Arch of Water
33. The Silver Pillar
34. The Pedestal
35. The Island of Women
36. The Fruit
37. The Three Eagles
38. The Laughing Folk
39. The Wall of Fire
40. The Monk of Toraigh
41. The Falcon

Sample PDF: 53 pages (The total in the complete book is 168 pages)

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