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The Mabinogion (Dover Thrift Editions) [Kindle Edition]

Lady Charlotte E. Guest
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Collection of 12 medieval Welsh stories considered a masterpiece of European literature. Includes Kilhwch and Olwen, one of the earliest Arthurian tales in Welsh; The Dream of Rhonabwy; 3 Arthurian romances: The Lady of the Fountain, Peredur the Son of Evrawc and Geraint the Son of Erbin, and more.

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From the Back Cover

Before The Lord of the Rings there was THE MABINOGION. Widely recognized as the finest arc of Celtic mythology, the eleven stories were preserved in two Welsh collections, The White Book of Rhydderch (c.1300-1325) and The Red Book of Hergest (1375-1425), though the stories themselves hail from an oral tradition dating back to the tenth century. At its core are tales of heroes and men, birth and death, gods and beasts, penance and vindication, kinship and kingship, battles and quests.

THE MABINOGION embraces much of ancient and early British culture, combining the numinous world of Celtic mythology, Arthurian legend and feudal Europe's Age of Chivalry. Indeed scholars have identified that it was out of THE MABINOGION that the Arthurian legends were born.

This new edition contains the definitive translation of the work by Lady Charlotte Guest, undoubtedly the most accessible of those published. It also contains over 50 colour paintings by Alan Lee, many appearing here for the first time. Best known for his work on the illustrated editions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, it was always Alan Lee's ambition to illustrate THE MABINOGION, as it combines his main interests of folklore, legend and the supernatural. His style lends itself perfectly to the work and his interpretation will give enormous pleasure as the stories enter their third millennium

About the Author

Alan Lee was born in Middlesex in 1947. His illustrated books include Faeries (with Brian Froud), Castles and Merlin Dreams, and has worked on such prestigious films as Erik the Viking (Terry Gilliam), Legend (Ridley Scott), and the acclaimed NBC miniseries Merlin. He is best known however for his work on the book and film versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 882 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (29 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A73FPDM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful book. For any avid reader of celtic mythology, Tolkien or high fantasy, this would be a great addition to any collection. The translation from the original Welsh is beautifully executed and perfectly conjures up the mystical imagery of the Dark Age legends and stories. Not only this but Alan Lee has lent his extraordinary artistic skills to the book, adding stunning visuals to an already enchanting set of stories. This would be worth buying even if it were an art book on itself.
With the rising interest in fantasy and ancient mythology following the release of the film of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, I think this would be a great source of information for those who are interested in the cultures and legends that influenced Tolkien himself.
Highly recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of poetry's finest masterpieces 28 July 2001
This is undeniably the finest translation of this timeless classic. Unfortunately it perhaps doesn't command the pride of place in today's society that it should but hopefully a revival in interest for the works of Tolkien could do something to remedy that situation. What makes this version so good is how accessible it is to the modern reader and how beautifully illustrated it is. Would make a fine gift for anyone who loves to use their imagination.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By G.V.
Anyone having a serious interest in celtic myths and literature should read this amazing volume. It is obvious that a lot of care has been taken in publishing this edition and, though I do not normally care for illustrations, the work of Alan Lee is once again captivating. Definitly your first choise if interested in celtic and arthurian legends!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dover version correction 5 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Please note that the Dover edition of this book that I just purchased does NOT have the Alan Lee paintings. In fact it has no pictures whatsoever. Not moaning, it cost £3, but thought you should know!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great For Fans of Celtic Myth 20 Oct. 2002
By A Customer
If you are interested in Celtic myth then this book is for you. It is richly illustrated and beatifuly put together, and the twelve tales it has to offer couldn't be better. There is an index of sorts in the back explaining certain aspects of the myths and their translation which is illustrated with cute little ink drawings. Even if myths aren't your thing, get it for the paintings! Alan Lee is by far the best illustrater I know.
All the same, it is a wonderful and enchanting book, and not a bad place to find an interest in Celtic legends if you don't already have one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Pictures 23 Oct. 2013
Bought this on the strength of the description noting this version had Alan Lee's illustrations included. This is incorrect, it's just the text. I checked other reviews and one from 2012 notes the same problem, so I guess the seller doesn't read their own reviews.
Not worth complaining directly considering the price, but be aware what you're paying for with this version..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good text source 5 July 2014
By Peter
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Text only version. No images. However, the tales are what matters. Decent quality for price and delivered promptly.
Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great translation of a true classic. 27 Dec. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Cheap and cheerful copy of a great translation of a true classic. A must have for anyone interested in Wales or Welsh legends. You will be bowled over by these amazing tales. I've been enchanted by them ever since I can recall. Being a cheap copy (paper is very thin) and very light, would be a great book to take on your travels.
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