A major illustrated edition of the classic fantasy with over 50 full-colour paintings by Alan Lee, the celebrated artist of 'The Lord Of The Rings'.
Before 'The Lord Of The Rings' there was 'The Mabinogion'. Widely recognised as the finest arc of Celtic mythology, the eleven stories were preserved in two Welsh collections, 'The White Book Of Rhydderch' (c.1300-1325) and 'The Red Book Of Hergest' (1375-1425), though the stories themselves hail from an oral tradition dating back to the 10th century. At its core are tales of heroes and men, birth and death, gods and beasts, penance and vindication, kinship and kingship, battles and quests.
'The Mabinogion' embraces much of ancient and early British culture, combining the numinous world of Celtic mythology, Arthurian legend and feudal Europe's Age of Chivalry. Indeed scholars have identified that it was out of 'The Mabinogion' that the Arthurian legends were born.
This new edition contains the definitive translation of the work by Lady Charlotte Guest, undoubtedly the most accessible of those published. It also contains over 50 colour paintings by Alan Lee, many appearing here for the first time.