The Mabinogion by Sioned Davies

The Mabinogion

Translated bySioned Davies

Paperback | April 15, 2008

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'I cannot be killed indoors,' he said, 'nor out of doors; I cannot be killed on horseback, nor on foot.' 'Well,' she said, 'how can you be killed?'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 cancreate 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 countrystruggling 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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Sioned Davies is the Chair of Welsh, Cardiff University
The Mabinogion
The Mabinogion

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Title:The MabinogionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.87 inPublished:April 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199218781

ISBN - 13:9780199218783

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Table of Contents

IntroductionTranslator's NoteGuide to PronunciationSelect Bibliographymap of Wales at the time of theMabinogionThe First Branch of the MabinogionThe Second Branch of the MabinogionThe Third Branch of the MabinogionThe First Branch of the MabinogionPeredur son of EfrogThe Dream of the Emperor MaxenLludd and LlefelysThe Lady of the WellGeraint son of ErbinHow Culhwch won OlwenRhonabwy's DreamExplanatory NotesGlossary of Personal NamesGlossary of Place-Names

Editorial Reviews

`'This fresh, energetic translation is a revelation and, for the first time, shows off The Mabinogion tales as what they were originally: splendid entertainment.''Gwyneth Lewis, Guardian, 26/05/2007