The Mabinogion (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)

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By Sioned Davies (Translator)
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The Mabinogion, translated from Welsh by scholar (and druid) Sioned Davies, is a collection of 11 medieval Welsh tales. Myth, memory, and magic—that’s what shapes these stories of power, pride, and friendship. A woman conjured from flowers, a talking head, the badger in the bag, a mouse who must be hanged, dead warriors reborn in a bubbling cauldron, and even King Arthur who heroically kills the Very Black Witch. Let Davies guide you through this unfamiliar world, and you may be caught in its spell, shaking your head, laughing, and wondering.

— From The Mabinogion, trans. Sioned Davies


Celtic mythology, Arthurian romance, and an intriguing interpretation of British history--these are just some of the themes embraced by the anonymous authors of the eleven tales that make up the Welsh medieval masterpiece known as the Mabinogion. They tell of Gwydion the shape-shifter, who can create a woman out of flowers; of Math the magician whose feet must lie in the lap of a virgin; of hanging a pregnant mouse and hunting a magical boar. Dragons, witches, and giants live alongside kings and heroes, and quests of honour, revenge, and love are set against the backdrop of a country struggling to retain its independence.
This new translation, the first for thirty years, recreates the storytelling world of medieval Wales and re-invests the tales with the power of performance.
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About the Author

Sioned Davies is Chair of Welsh at Cardiff University. Her special interest is the interplay between orality and literacy, together with the performance aspects of medieval Welsh narrative. Her publications include Crefft y Cyfarwydd (Cardiff, 1995), which is a study of narrative techniques in the Mabinogion, The Four Branches of the Mabinogi (Llandysul, 1993), and a co-edited volume, The Horse in Celtic Culture: Medieval Welsh Perspectives (Cardiff, 1997).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780199218783
ISBN-10: 0199218781
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: May 11th, 2008
Pages: 293
Language: English
Series: Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)