The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells is an absolutely charming film about the Book of Kells, Pangur Ban and the strange mythic interactions between Pagan and Christian Ireland.

The story centers on Brendan, the nephew of the abbot of the monastery of Kells, who helps Aiden, the illuminator from Iona, work on the Book of Kells. In the process he is helped by the famous Pangur Ban and a mysterious forest girl named Ashley. It’s a children’s movie and the themes are fairly simple and also very Pagan.

Religion isn’t the theme of the film, but the triumph of light over darkness is. From the nasties lurking in the forest to the dreaded and larger-than-life Northmen, darkness is a very real and very scary threat.The Book of Kells, in mimicking nature and being an example of the beauty humanity can create in even the darkest times, is the symbol of light in this film.

The Secret of Kells is not a distinctly Pagan film, but it is very lovely and mythical. Great film for Pagan children. It’s available to stream on demand from Netflix and for sale on DVD.

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About Star Foster

Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • Keri

    I loved this film – gorgeous and evocative, full of wonderful Celtic imagery. So happy to hear that it’s finally out on DVD!

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  • http://aediculaantinoi.wordpress.com/ P. Suf. Viri. Lup.

    Little thing: the síd-girl’s name is Aisling (which means “vision/dream”), and it’s still a common woman’s name in Ireland. To English ears, it sounds a lot like Ashley, of course (who knows–there may even be an etymological connection, or the English is a calque of the Irish).

    The thing I love the most about The Secret of Kells is that it doesn’t just re-tell a myth, it is a full-on extension and continuation of the medieval literate mythological culture of Ireland. I can’t say enough good about the film, personally.

  • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

    Ah, she spoke it so softly in the movie that I thought she said Ashley. Should have IMDB’d it.

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  • Ebony

    I really love this movie but i almost cried when i saw the par with the vikings raiding kells…..and then i didn’t know if ashley died or not her face looked so creepy that time….shivers….. all i kno is it was a movie to much for children to handle! but it was still gud EPIC!

  • Tropicmoonbug

    It defienately had alot of loose ends and unanswered questions… The animation was stunning however and the characters were both memorable and loveable.

  • Tropicmoonbug

    It defienately had alot of loose ends and unanswered questions… The animation was stunning however and the characters were both memorable and loveable.


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