Mabinogion

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Preface by John Updike

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 ...
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Overview

Preface by John Updike

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780460872973
  • Publisher: Everyman Paperback
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 607,555
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gwyn Jones and Thomas Jones were, respectively, Professor of English at Aberystwyth and Cardiff and Professor of Welsh at Aberystwyth. They are the authors of numerous works of scholarship in Welsh and in English.

John Updike, novelist, poet, and critic, is perhaps best known for his four Rabbit novels, published in Everyman's Library as Rabbit Angstrom.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Maps xiv
Introduction xvii
Note on the Editors and the Text xxxix
Note on Pronunciation of Welsh Names xl
Select Bibliography xliii
The Four Branches of the Mabinogi
Pwyll Prince of Dyfed 3
Branwen Daughter of Llyr 23
Manawydan Son of Llyr 38
Math Son of Mathonwy 50
The Four Independent Native Tales
The Dream of Macsen Wledig 71
Lludd and Llefelys 80
Culhwch and Olwen 85
The Dream of Rhonabwy 122
The Three Romances
The Lady of the Fountain 139
Peredur Son of Efrawg 164
Gereint Son of Erbin 203
Textual Notes 243
Supplementary Textual Notes 247
Index of Proper Names 249
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