/his/ lets discuss the ancient Celts
You will never hear this blaring behind you as you charge Romans with battle boners and blue paint
Post something about their history and civilization OP. I don't know much about them besides the blue paint, battle boners and their fire crotch leader
Man I love the Celts and all, the Romans had a better horn to charge into battle with
No evidence of blue paint. The evidence for woad plant being used comes up empty. They appear to have used woad but with such small quantities of it at the time, they seem to have used the plant for something else.
You can find gingers all over, they just happen to be much more common in modern Celtic nations such as Ireland and Scotland.
What is the most Celtic language?
As in, when the Romans and Saxons came into Britannia, what language would be the most commonly heard, and what would be the most similar modern day language to that?
Here's a tough question for the people on this board.
What did pre-Dark Age Irish warriors look like?
The Europa Barbarorum project that modifies the popular video game Rome Total War attempts to depict the entire Hellenistic ancient world accurately, including cultures that we know little about during that period like the Irish.
They have all sorts of interesting types of warriors in the game, including pic related, the "Dubosaverlacica", an elite guard of warriors that looks like something completely out of fantasy.
How historical is stuff like this? Supposedly it is, since they consult historians and spend ages poring over texts to get the most accurate picture of all the cultures around the time of 220 BC when the game is set.
Here's another Irish troop type from Europa Barbarorum, the "Ordmalica", some heavy troops wielding warhammers. I'm pretty sure there were almost no warhammers in actual history.
did other celtic cultures have something similar to castros?
t. northern portuguese
Diodorus on Celts:
"Their aspect is terrifying...They are very tall in stature, with ripling muscles under clear white skin. Their hair is blond, but not naturally so: they bleach it, to this day, artificially, washing it in lime and combing it back from their foreheads. They look like wood-demons, their hair thick and shaggy like a horse's mane."
Ancient Celts literally looked like picrelated due to hair bleaching.
it's no secret the romans held the celts/gauls in high esteem as warriors at some point, but have a negative opinion on their culture.
they depicted them as vicious barbarians who excelled in battle, but also as victims to excess (caring too much about their appearance, as seen with the hair lightening. prone to excess drinking, showing their lazy nature. etc)
>Gauls were once renowned in war; but, after a while, sloth following on ease crept over them, and they lost their courage along with their freedom (tacitus)
>[Gauls are] not only insufferable when victorious, but also scared out of their wits when worsted. (strabo)
>[Gauls are] are exceedingly addicted to the use of wine (diodorus)
obviously these were empire biased accounts or third accounts, but one thing was apparent- everyone agreed these people were not to be taken lightly.
>[gauls are] no longer barbarians (strabo)
ironically, post-romanization, sources generally agreed that the gauls/celts adapted quickly despite their extremely "barbaric" nature- it begs to question, just how "barbaric" could they really have been?
personally i want to believe the romans were being tsundere and secretly adore the celts to pieces
Whats the deal with that small pocket of gingers in russia?
Anglophones don't really know much about Iberian history, and especially in America "Celtic" generally means Irish and Scottish. Few Americans even know where Wales is or have even heard of it, even fewer have heard of the Gauls.
I have a feeling this isn't entirely accurate, but it's still really cool. "Brythonic" sounds almost entirely like Sindarin, modern Welsh isn't really all that similar to Sindarin compared to this. And Proto-Celtic sounds really ancient and like a less guttural version of Proto-Indo European.
I also didn't know that the Brythonic language(s) of the Dark Ages before the rise of Welsh and Cornish were that different from the languages at the time of the Roman invasion.
There's a Tolkien quote out there that says that they weren't, and that Tolkien overall disliked Celtic culture. While the Quenya language was based on Finnish and Latin and Sindarin was based on Welsh, you can't really say that the elven culture itself was based on any particular culture. Treetop houses like in Lothlorien didn't really exist in history, but some of the Rivendell buildings look like stereotypical German buildings, except with a few Japanese touches here and there. And they're obviously going for a vaguely Japanese feel with the weapons and armor, although the long cloaks they wear look more Middle Eastern.