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33 review for The Four Branches of the Mabinogi: Celtic Myth and Medieval Reality

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    I will probably be "currently reading" this book for the rest of my life, as it's essentially a reference book. At 700+ pages, file this under "tome", and be warned the pages are pretty densely packed, at that. Parker's actual translation of the Four Branches is excellent, literal, and well annotated. I haven't checked, but I doubt that the text, itself, fills more than 50 pages. The rest is a kaleidoscopic array of essays about most aspects of the Mabinogi. The emphasis is on history, and how e I will probably be "currently reading" this book for the rest of my life, as it's essentially a reference book. At 700+ pages, file this under "tome", and be warned the pages are pretty densely packed, at that. Parker's actual translation of the Four Branches is excellent, literal, and well annotated. I haven't checked, but I doubt that the text, itself, fills more than 50 pages. The rest is a kaleidoscopic array of essays about most aspects of the Mabinogi. The emphasis is on history, and how events in the Medieval period, in particular, may have influenced the text. However, there are many wonderful rabbit holes of comparative mythology, etymology, and all things mabinogical. Happily, this is all very well indexed, so you can find stuff. My one complaint is that the the translated text is scattered around the book, rather than having just been put at the beginning, or something, so it's not intuitive to locate, say, the Second Branch, without using the table of contents (which is considerable!). 700 page reference books are never cheap, but the cost has been kept down here with the layout and binding, but I'm just happy to be able to own it. If you're thinking of buying it, you will save a bit of money by ordering it directly from Parker's website: mabinogi.net

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    When the gods are outlawed, the gods are turned into humans so their stories can continue to be told. We read these ancient tales and search for clues to the archetypes that shape our minds. The narratives are not what they seem. What is lost? And can we recover it by searching what remains?

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