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The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales by Patrick K. Ford
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Apr 02, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: pre-20th-century
Read from July 18 to 23, 2012

This is a really interesting set of iron age myths, partially because they clearly demonstrate the influence of other traditions, especially Christianity. Much of the narrative style seems to borrow from Biblical narrative styles, and the heroes have been demoted from gods to heroes. However, these stories do retain a lot of the magical elements from the earlier deity myths.

I think it might be difficult for many modern readers to appreciate these stories because there is comparatively little psychological development of the characters. Rather, these stories are plot driven. Modern reader expect a degree of psychological development because we have been conditioned by the novel to look for it, but in these myths the characters are actually constructed through a set of references, allusions, and contexts.
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