The Mabinogion

The Mabinogion

by Gwyn Jones


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The Mabinogion by Gwyn Jones

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408633755
Publisher: Harrison Press
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Note on the Editors and the Textxxxix
Note on Pronunciation of Welsh Namesxl
Select Bibliographyxliii
The Four Branches of the Mabinogi
Pwyll Prince of Dyfed3
Branwen Daughter of Llyr23
Manawydan Son of Llyr38
Math Son of Mathonwy50
The Four Independent Native Tales
The Dream of Macsen Wledig71
Lludd and Llefelys80
Culhwch and Olwen85
The Dream of Rhonabwy122
The Three Romances
The Lady of the Fountain139
Peredur Son of Efrawg164
Gereint Son of Erbin203
Textual Notes243
Supplementary Textual Notes247
Index of Proper Names249

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The Mabinogion 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
jontseng on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Full of Welsh people with silly names, but an interesting glimpse into folk memeries from the edges of History.
yuuago on LibraryThing 4 days ago
This collection of Welsh tales is a must-read for any lover of Arthurian literature. It contains "Culhwch and Olwen", the first full-length tale (that we know of) starring Arthur and his men in its entirety. Other tales contained in this collection bear resemblance to works by Chretien de Troyes, and serve as interesting comparisons to the French variations, which people are more likely to be familiar with.
jpsnow on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Eleven Welsh stories dating from the 14th century shares much content with Morte d' Arthur. Arthur and Gwenhwyfar are principle characters. The tales shares parallels with Arthur, and Homer, and yet are much simpler and rustic. Comparatively, it's as if these tales were neither written by a single genius nor had time to be refined through successive iterations of storytelling.
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