It is universally acknowledged that John Moriarty’s writings can be difficult to access and interpret with his reflections that rely on an extensive background in Irish mythology, biblical history, Christian medieval history and mysticism, world religions, as well as philosophy and literature. His close attention to words, their etymology and hermeneutics requires careful analysis and interpretation. In some cases, he has also created his own words to attempt to make a point.

Thus, this section offers some guidelines about the meaning of story and language and contains a glossary of the most important terms and concepts collected by Brendan O’Donoghue’s edited book A Moriarty Reader: Preparing for Early Spring. Forward by Michael Kearney. Dublin: Lilliput Press, 2013.