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Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales


Cara Dack

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I have just ordered this book today as I feel the pull towards Welsh mythology;

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mabinogi-Other-Medieval-Welsh-Tales/dp/0520253965/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1307029912&sr=8-2

 

Has anyone else read it or have any other recommendations on the same subject?

 

There was surprisingly little in the bookstores in town, plenty on Greek or Roman mythology but next to nothing on the British side and nothing specifically about Welsh mythology.

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Guest Magdalena

I am Welsh Midnightblue and a friend of mine from here told me about Mabinogion a while back so I started to read them and found them really interesting, I still have some to read.

 

Here is a link for you to the Mabinogion stories. Just click on each one to read. ;)

 

http://www.missgien....ian/mabinogion/

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I have not read this edition (yet!) but of the versions by Charlotte Guest, Jones & Jones and Sioned Davies, I prefer the Davies edition. There is also an audio edition available, thanks to some remastering by Damh the Bard, so you can listen to them on your iPod; unfortunately, he reads the translations by Guest.

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Having been prompted to read the "Mab" (Gwyn Jones & Thomas Jones version) I gave it a try based on the looooong introduction. Well, the intro is so complex and scholarly that I skipped most of it and delved into the stories. The stories themselves are interesting and give a glimpse of ancient Welsh life as seen only by those in power with a tinge of giddy royal adventure. I did not find much to hold onto or help in my search for the real Wales of old.

 

I hope you get more out of it than I.

 

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Elf

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Having been prompted to read the "Mab" (Gwyn Jones & Thomas Jones version) I gave it a try based on the looooong introduction. Well, the intro is so complex and scholarly that I skipped most of it and delved into the stories. The stories themselves are interesting and give a glimpse of ancient Welsh life as seen only by those in power with a tinge of giddy royal adventure. I did not find much to hold onto or help in my search for the real Wales of old.

 

I hope you get more out of it than I.

 

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Elf

 

There are a lot of interesting links within the second link I posted here Elf, albeit not all to do with Wales, but there is quite a bit in there.

 

This link Here is a list of Welsh tales, one of them is called "The Cat Witches"

 

Anita.

 

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There are a lot of interesting links within the second link I posted here Elf, albeit not all to do with Wales, but there is quite a bit in there.

 

This link Here is a list of Welsh tales, one of them is called "The Cat Witches"

 

Anita.

 

 

I like those :) have bookmarked them to read later.

I was drawn to one story as it mentioned my name - having a Welsh name means you don't often see it or hear it being called outside of Wales (I'm not Welsh btw :))

 

I wonder how widespread the fairy-ring tale has spread - certainly known in Yorkshire.

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There are a lot of interesting links within the second link I posted here Elf, albeit not all to do with Wales, but there is quite a bit in there.

 

This link Here is a list of Welsh tales, one of them is called "The Cat Witches"

 

Anita.

 

 

 

Anita,

Thank you for the ink, this is more like it! I accessed the tales (samples only) and found them to be more common-man oriented which I favour. I lived close to Wales and ventured there, mostly central foothills, often, there is a mystique there for sure.

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Elf

 

 

 

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There are a lot of interesting links within the second link I posted here Elf, albeit not all to do with Wales, but there is quite a bit in there.

 

This link Here is a list of Welsh tales, one of them is called "The Cat Witches"

 

Anita.

 

 

Thanks for the links you posted, looks like some good info on both.

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Anita,

Thank you for the ink, this is more like it! I accessed the tales (samples only) and found them to be more common-man oriented which I favour. I lived close to Wales and ventured there, mostly central foothills, often, there is a mystique there for sure.

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Elf

 

 

 

 

I love the Brecon Beacons, I've spent some time there, I stayed on Black mountain to watch the Eclipse that happened just over eleven years ago. It's not to far from where I live.

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I like those :) have bookmarked them to read later.

I was drawn to one story as it mentioned my name - having a Welsh name means you don't often see it or hear it being called outside of Wales (I'm not Welsh btw :))

 

I wonder how widespread the fairy-ring tale has spread - certainly known in Yorkshire.

 

I'm Welsh and have my Spanish Nan's name lol, I've lived in Wales all of my life though. 3/4's Welsh and 1/4 Spanish Lol.

 

Anytime Midnightblue.

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