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 legendsKing Arthur himself is a characterthey 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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About the Author
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 Text||xxxix|
|Note on Pronunciation of Welsh Names||xl|
|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|
|Supplementary Textual Notes||247|
|Index of Proper Names||249|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Full of Welsh people with silly names, but an interesting glimpse into folk memeries from the edges of History.
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.
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.