The Mabinogion

Written by:
Narrated by:
James Cameron Stewart

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2018
11 hours 15 minutes
Then they took the flowers of the oak, and the flowers of the broom, and the flowers of the meadowsweet, and from those they conjured up the fairest and most beautiful maiden that anyone had ever seen.

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 honor, revenge, and love are set against the backdrop of a country struggling to retain its independence.

Sioned Davies's lively translation re-creates the storytelling world of medieval Wales and reinvests the tales with the power of performance.
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I’ve wanted to read the Mabinogion ever since I was a kid in love with Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain series. My one attempt at reading an earlier English translation decades ago was too tough a slog... I gave up and never experienced the fun of medieval storytelling, nor understood how these old stories inspired so much fantasy fiction including the works of Tolkien. This newer translation and especially getting to listen to it — the way the stories within the Mabinogion were meant to be experienced — instead of reading it has made all the difference. The tales are action-packed and the characters are memorable; the repetition and refrains make so much sense as oral storytelling devices. I loved the early Arthurian adventures, especially the story of Geraint and Enid. I enjoyed the narrator’s style — and appreciated his effortless translation of Welsh names. I can finally knock the Mabinogion off my reading wishlist and it feels great!!

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