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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fine new translation
This is a new English translation of that classic collection of Welsh myths and legends known (erroneously) as The Mabinogion, consisting of eleven stories featuring King Arthur and his knights, magic, shape-shifting, giants, talking animals, wily gods and powerful goddesses. These tales are probably most familiar to English readers through the first English translation...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Mabinogion
The book arrived promptly and in good condition. It was bought as a present for a Welsh person. I shouldn't have bothered: it was reported to be a collection of Welsh fairy stories. And I always thought that The Mabinogion was required reading by all Welsh people!!!.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fine new translation, 26 Feb 2010
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This is a new English translation of that classic collection of Welsh myths and legends known (erroneously) as The Mabinogion, consisting of eleven stories featuring King Arthur and his knights, magic, shape-shifting, giants, talking animals, wily gods and powerful goddesses. These tales are probably most familiar to English readers through the first English translation made by Lady Charlotte Guest in the 1840s, reprinted many times since and available for free download from several websites. The Guest version benefits from a high Victorian, King James Bible style of writing, replete with thees and thous. Personally, I'm a sucker for all that. Unfortunately, as a good Victorian gentlewoman, Lady Charlotte edited out what she regarded as the naughty bits of the stories. For this reason alone, this new translation is to be welcomed. Being made by a much better-informed scholar of the Welsh language, this edition is also much more accurate than its predecessor. Not only that but the translator, Sioned Davies, has a strong interest in the oral storytelling tradition in which the tales were originally formulated and has, therefore, produced a text eminently suited to being read or spoken aloud for an audience. The language is clear and the tales come across as fresh and entertaining, capable of being read for enjoyment rather than purely for historical interest. Hooray for that, as they are very fine stories, representing one of the oldest storytelling traditions in Europe. Hopefully this excellent translation will bring them before a wider audience.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent translation, 10 Oct 2007
This edition of The Mabinogion is truly an excellent translation; not only that, but there is helpful introductory material for anyone studying the text, or those who wish to learn more about the mythology and stories behind it. The Four Branches of the Mabinogi and the other stories are themselves fast paced and a very rewarding read, I cannot recommend this book heartily enough. The hardcover edition is also very pleasing to the eye, a well-conceived publication through and through.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speechlessly beautiful translation., 15 Jun 2007
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Ryan Kelton "wannabe changeling" (California, USA) - See all my reviews
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Where can I begin? The newest translation of the Mabinogion, those famous medieval Welsh stories is more than expected. Sioned Davies, chair of Welsh at Cardiff University certainly is within her element in bringing these stories into English. Her prose is poetic and crisp, and a delight to read. Her endnotes are informative and the pronunciation guide one of the clearest I've ever come into contact with. And that's just the translation itself! The stories are, of course, classics of literature the equal of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, or even (in my not-so humble opinion) Shakespeare. If you choose to purchase a translation of the Mabinogion, you can't do much better than the sublimity of Sioned Davies'.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for the translation, one star for the Kindle edition, 30 Aug 2012
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This is an excellent, highly readable translation. However, the Kindle edition is very poor; the formatting looks like the book was simply scanned and there are no links for the notes. Surely OUP can do better than this?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mabinogion, 4 Oct 2009
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The translation of the Welsh is easy to read and the age old stories are brought to life. I would recommed this book to both Pagan and none Pagans who are interested in the old tales. There is no need to read the sories one after the other like a novel. Each one can be read and thought over. The lengthy introduction is a must as it gives a greater depth to the stories. Far better than I imagined.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sperb version., 27 Mar 2014
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A superb work of translation and writing. Enough background information to satisfy the most curious and all done in a flowing, easy to read style. This version is intended to reflect the original way of passing on the tales, when it was a spoken work relayed by story-tellers.. A lovely version of these traditional Welsh tales and legends, Highly recommended for both students of history and casual readers alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Medieval depth, sparklingly writte, 4 Mar 2014
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The Mabinogion is a rare collection of stories from Welsh medieval literature. It shows us our roots as a culture through its curious and intriguing symbolism, as well as its simplicity. It is so easy to read but its full meaning will take an age to absorb.

Anyone looking to deepen into true culture should read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trosiad safonol gwych., 2 May 2013
Addas i unrhywun sydd â diddordeb mewn llenyddiaeth gymraeg.
Cyflwyniad da i'r Mabinogion ar gyfer fyfyrwyr a dysgwyr profiadol o bob oed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Sep 2014
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For those who want a thoughtful modern translation from an impeccable source, benefitting from nuances in interpretation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where the Welsh story-teller gets the inspiration, 18 Feb 2014
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The Mabinogion is a collection of medieval stories that has entertained Welsh children and adults alike for generations. Clearly the inspiration of modern day Harry Potter stories. This new edition by Sioned Davies deserves to be on the shelf of every family who like telling stories. And it’s all in English -translated from the original Welsh by Lady Charlotte Guest in the 19th century. So if you like magic, Arthurian and Celtic legends, then read about the many stories (eleven in all) as well as characters such as Gilla Stag-Leg, or Judith Hawke-Eye. They tell of love and betrayal, shape-shifting and enchantment. Their roots lie in the old oral tradition of storytelling.
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