Fortunate Isles

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Fortunate Isles

or

Isles of the Blest,

in classical and Celtic legend, islands in the Western Ocean. There the souls of favored mortals were received by the gods and lived happily in a paradise. Belief in the islands long persisted, and the Canaries and the Madeira Islands were sometimes identified with them.

Fortunate Isles

(Happy Isles) otherworld for heroes favored by gods. [Gk. Myth.: NCE, 861]
See: Heaven
References in classic literature ?
I've done with this blessed island for evermore, amen
I s'pose I shall keep on goin' round this blessed island," he said drearily.
Moving from theme to theme, he relates the notions classical people had of creation, the origin of life and animals, theories of prehistory, blessed islands and lands, savages, and sacred realms.