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Book of the Three Dragons [Paperback]

Kenneth Morris , Douglas A. Anderson
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15 Nov 2004
Perhaps the best retelling of the Celtic 'Mabinogion' legend, now in print again in the US for the first time in two generations - and featuring the author's never-before-published ending! Originally published in 1930, Kenneth Morris's superb Book of the Three Dragons is an imaginative reworking of elements from the Mabinogion and other Welsh Celtic stories, telling the story of Manawyddan, who is given the choice between immortality with the gods or preventing a new evil from destroying the Island of the Mighty. Manawyddan chooses the latter, and the novel tells of his adventures. Swiftly moving and dramatic, this is a book that lovers of modern fantasy and old hero tales alike cannot afford to miss. This is the first in our new line of fantasy fiction, which will feature both masterpieces no longer in print as well as new works. The series will be edited by noted Tolkien scholar Douglas A. Anderson, whose previous books include The Annotated Hobbit and Tales Before Tolkien. Mr. Anderson will also write introductions to each book, providing context and background to enrich the reader's experience. The cover look and interior design will appeal to all demographics Among the best-loved fantasy writers, Morris has been compared to Tolkien and other fantasy greats.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Press; annotated edition edition (15 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593600275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593600273
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 13.9 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,990,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Based on the Mabinogion 7 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
But written from a personal vision. One of the finest fantasists of the 20th Century. Not an easy read if you are not familiar with Welsh literature, but, along with Evangeline Walton, one of the finest explorations of the genre. So pleased to have found it! Just wish it had the original illustrations....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old-School Epic Heroism 20 Mar 2009
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The Book of The Three Dragons takes classic Welsh mythology and appends to it a chapter of grand heroism involving curses, gods, divine thieves and fantastically wondrous artifacts. Taking the writing style of Welsh bards and interweaving some remarkable characters, the novel plunges the reader into an epic in which the three good God-dragons of Welsh legend have their favorite artifacts (a harp, a sword and a pair of gloves) stolen from them by clever sorcerous thieves, and our hero - Son-of-the-Nameless-Beyond-Utterance - must retrieve them to save his mortal tribe and ascend to godhood.

Filled with beautiful imagery (Nameless's fight with the dragon Gwron is especially amazing), Welsh poetry and a classical style of writing that is rare these days, Three Dragons makes a spectacular, though short, foray into the worlds of Welsh legend. What makes the hero interesting is that he is a bard, and many of his opponents are bards and songsmiths as well, and both use tricks and cleverness more than brawn to overcome obstacles.

For a better and deeper explanation please search out John Ratecliffe's review on the Wizards of the Coast website[...]
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