Evangeline Walton’s Mabinogion Tetralogy

I have put off reading these books for years. I just was never interested enough. I’m interested now though. The books have much of the feel of Lord Dunsany’s The King of Elfland’s Daughter (1924), but they are meatier than that, and they show deep thought by Walton. Maybe the events of the 1930s and 1940s inspired this sort of epic tale. Certainly Tolkien’s and Walton’s works both touch upon great wars. Walton’s books are wonderful retellings of the Mabinogion, the medieval Welsh tales that draw upon Celtic mythology. There is also an 1877 translation available by Lady Guest, and the Penguin Classic translation by Jeffrey Gantz. The Chronicles of Prydain from Lloyd Alexander draws upon the same myths, so there are similar elements (the Cauldron Born, for example). Simon Bisley’s comic Slaine also draws from that font.


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An old gamer flying his freak flag, I've been playing table-top role-playing games since 1978. I've been building my own system (Journeyman) since 1981.
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