The Mabinogion

Paperback | November 18, 1976

byJeffrey AnonymousTranslated byJeffrey Gantz

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'On the bank of the river he saw a tall tree: from roots to crown one half was aflame and the other green with leaves'

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 now read them. 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 Llˆyr' 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, and 'Peredur Son of Evrawg' who strives to prove his valour as a knight.

In his introduction, Jeffrey Gantz discusses the sources, oral tradition and artistry of the tales. This edition includes introductory prefaces to each story, a list for further reading and a note on pronunciation.

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Sprouting out from the trees and permeating the very air around them, Celtic myths were ever-present tales that its people lived and breathed. The Mabinogion is a mystical collection of these legends, told with the same awe and sense of wonder that the original storytellers must have felt. Translator Jeffrey Gantz includes a pronunciat...

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'On the bank of the river he saw a tall tree: from roots to crown one half was aflame and the other green with leaves'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 now read them. Set in dual realms of th...

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‘On the bank of the river he saw a tall tree: from roots to crown one half was aflame and the other green with leaves’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 now read them. Set in dual realms of th...

‘On the bank of the river he saw a tall tree: from roots to crown one half was aflame and the other green with leaves’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 now read them. Set in dual realms of th...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.79 × 5.09 × 0.73 inPublished:November 18, 1976Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140443223

ISBN - 13:9780140443226

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Legends of my ancestors This book tells the story the Celts in another time. It also tells the story of the legendary Fairie Queen of Wales. Rhiannon and what she endured at the hand of fate. I am named soley after her. A legend so powerful and so great. This is book of history of legends. I am sure the welsh language text version is even more rich in legend and history. I think the midevil times in Wales were more interesting than the current modern tales. The Fashion such as midevil style dresses. The princes and lords of the court were true Knights with Armor. These days soldiers wear bullet proof vests what valour is in that uniform. Mabinogion is the celtic history told perfectly. I would like to see more books based on this book. Like the story of Etain, or Pwyll. Manawdyinn, Rhiannon second husband in this tale. I think there could be more stories told.
Date published: 2002-04-06

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Sprouting out from the trees and permeating the very air around them, Celtic myths were ever-present tales that its people lived and breathed. The Mabinogion is a mystical collection of these legends, told with the same awe and sense of wonder that the original storytellers must have felt. Translator Jeffrey Gantz includes a pronunciation guide to help readers get a fuller sense of the characters and a feeling for the language as well. It doesn't matter that these stories are hundreds of years old; you'll feel a connection and sense of wonder that will remain fixed in your imagination.