Title: The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales
Author: Patrick K. Ford (Trans.)
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2008
Genre: Myth & Folklore
The four stories which make up the Mabinogi along
with three additional tales from the same tradition form this
collection and comprise the core of the ancient Welsh mythological
cycle. Included are only those stories that have remained unadulterated
by the influence of the French Arthurian romances, providing a rare,
authentic selection of the finest works in medieval Celtic literature.
In this first thoroughly revised edition and translation since Lady
Charlotte Guest's famous Mabinogion in 1849, Patrick Ford has
presented a scholarly document in readable, modern English, a literary
achievement of the highest order. (Goodreads Synopsis)
I have never read any Welsh mythology or folklore before, and thus I found the Mabinogi an interesting and insightful read. Ford's notes were extremely useful, especially where he compares each story to counterparts in other Celtic mythologies, particularly those from Ireland. Some stories appealed to me more than others, but all were delightful reads. This book certainly left me keen to research more into Welsh myth and folklore. Now I just need to work on my pronunciation of all those Welsh names!