The 11 stories of The Mabinogion, first assembled on paper in the 14th century, reach far back into the earlier oral traditions of Celtic storytelling. Closely linked to the Arthurian legends -- King Arthur himself is a character -- they summon up a world of mystery and magic that is still evoked by the Welsh and Irish landscapes they so vividly describe. Mingling fantasy with tales of chivalry, these stories not only prefigure the later medieval romances but also stand on their own as magnificent evocations of a golden age of Celtic civilization.
This translation from the original Welsh has, since its first appearance in 1949, been recognized as a classic in its own right. It was last revised by Gwyn Jones and his wife, Mair, in 1993.