The 11 stories of The Mabinogion, first assembled on paper in the fourteenth century, reach far back into the earlier oral traditions of Welsh poetry.
Closely linked to the Arthurian legends--King Arthur himself is a character--they summon up a world of mystery and magic that is still evoked by the Welsh landscape they so vividly describe. Mingling fantasy with tales of chivalry, these stories not only prefigure the later medieval romances, but stand on their own as magnificent evocations of a golden age of Celtic civilization.
This translation of The Mabinogion has, since its first appearance in 1949, been recognized as a classic in its own right. It was last revised by Gwyn Jones and his wife, Mair, in 1993.
Preface by John Updike
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About: A collection of eleven medieval Celtic tales includes the stories of Arawn the hunter and his shining hounds, Rhiannon and his man-defeating horse, the warring giant king Bendifeidfran, and Math and Gwydion and their woman of flowers, in a new edition featuring a preface by John Updike.
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