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The Mabinogion (Oxford World's Classics) - Anonymous, Sioned Davies
The Mabinogion (Oxford World's Classics)
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Celtic mythology, Arthurian romance, and an intriguing interpretation of British history--these are just some of the themes embraced by the anonymous authors of the eleven tales that make up the Welsh medieval masterpiece known as the Mabinogion. They tell of Gwydion the shape-shifter, who can... show more
Celtic mythology, Arthurian romance, and an intriguing interpretation of British history--these are just some of the themes embraced by the anonymous authors of the eleven tales that make up the Welsh medieval masterpiece known as the Mabinogion. They tell of Gwydion the shape-shifter, who can create a woman out of flowers; of Math the magician whose feet must lie in the lap of a virgin; of hanging a pregnant mouse and hunting a magical boar. Dragons, witches, and giants live alongside kings and heroes, and quests of honour, revenge, and love are set against the backdrop of a country struggling to retain its independence.This new translation, the first for thirty years, recreates the storytelling world of medieval Wales and re-invests the tales with the power of performance.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780192832429 (0192832425)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pages no: 336
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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