Destiny, magic and chance, human strengths and weaknesses-The Mabinogion's stories are among the most compelling and beautiful in European literature. Compsed in the golden age of Celtic story-telling in the eleventh century or earlier, they bring together the grotesque and the warmly human, the entertaining and the richly significant.
Culhwch is here, perilously wooing the Giant's Daughter; Owain is here, winning the Lady of the fountain by Knightly feats of arms;and -a portent and a miracle both -King Arther is here for the first time as a prime mover in a significant prose narrative ('Culhwch and Olwen'), and thereafter as King and Emperor of what is still the world's most famous royal court. 'A magnificent acheivment...It is hard to think that in scholarship or as a piece of English prose the present translation will ever be bettered'-Sir Idris Bell, The Welsh Review 'Magisterial ...the authoritative translation, notable for its meticulous scholarship and a fine literary style'Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, notes, chronology
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 07/10/1993
- Category: Folklore, myths & legends
- ISBN: 9780460872973
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Review by MorgannaKerrie
Gorgeous collection of Welsh tales.
Review by yuuago
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.
Review by jontseng
Full of Welsh people with silly names, but an interesting glimpse into folk memeries from the edges of History.
Review by jpsnow
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.