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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for any fantasy/celtic mythology lover's shelf.
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...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dover version correction
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!
Published on 5 May 2012 by Mike Siggins


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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for any fantasy/celtic mythology lover's shelf., 15 Aug 2002
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A great essential in the study of myths, an amazing edition, 4 Jan 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great For Fans of Celtic Myth, 20 Oct 2002
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Dover version correction, 5 May 2012
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good text source, 5 July 2014
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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 Tales of the Old Ways, 17 April 2014
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This translation of the Mabinogion is excellent. The Taliesin tales are always fascinating. There are a number of translations but I would recommend this one as one of the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic of British Native Religion, 27 Aug 2013
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A classic - everyone interested in Britain's pre-Christian heritage should read this! It shows the richness and variety we have lost.
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