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The Mabinogion - Anonymous, Jeffrey Gantz
The Mabinogion
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Drawing on myth, folklore and history, the stories of the "Mabinogion" passed from generations of storytellers before they were written down in the thirteenth century in the form we know. Set in dual realms of the forests and valleys of Wales and the shadowy otherworld, the tales are permeated by... show more
Drawing on myth, folklore and history, the stories of the "Mabinogion" passed from generations of storytellers before they were written down in the thirteenth century in the form we know. Set in dual realms of the forests and valleys of Wales and the shadowy otherworld, the tales are permeated by a dreamlike atmosphere. In "Math Son of Mathonwy" two brothers plot to carry off the virginal Goewin, while in "Manawydan Son of Llyr" a chieftain roams throughout Britain after a spell is cast over his land. And King Arthur's court provides the backdrop to tales such as "How Culhwch Won Olwen", in which a young man must complete many tasks before he can marry a giant's daughter.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140443226 (0140443223)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Helen, the Hermit
Helen, the Hermit rated it
5.0 The Mabinogion
Not really a review, but I was asked for a opinion, so: I'm nowhere near a qualified scholar of anything Welsh; therefore, I probably missed a lot of intricacies. On the top of that, I read the translation that is generally viewed as inferior. But needs (student's ever-empty pockets) must, so free...
tinasimms
tinasimms rated it
2.0 The Mabinogion
This is a very old series of legends. In fact, many of the stories have inconsistencies and some of the stories break off and end without explanation. (Even the footnotes admit that they are missing information.) While that is not the fault of the editors of the book (they can't just make up the end...
An Leughadair
An Leughadair rated it
5.0 "The Mabinogion" by Sioned Davies
I have tried reading various translations of The Mabinogion, by far this is the easiest translation to read. It helps that the hardcover has two bookmarks, so you can read the notes easily as you go.As an introduction to these myths, this is a great place to start.
NinthWanderer
NinthWanderer rated it
Welsh myths that provided the basis for some of the later Arthur stories.
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