Hörbuch: The Mabinogion
1 - 01 – The Lady of the Fountain
- Download 01 – The Lady of the Fountain audio
- Download 02 – Then the horn for washing was sounded.. audio
- Download 03 – Luned set out, under the pretence… audio
- Download 04 – And as Owain one day sat at meat… audio
- Download 05 – Peredur the Son of Evrawc audio
- Download 06 – And Peredur rode forward audio
- Download 07 – And the next day Peredur rode forth… audio
- Download 08 – And the first night Peredur came to Caerlleon… audio
- Download 09 – Arthur was in Caerlleon… audio
- Download 10 – And the next day Peredur set forth audio
- Download 11 – Arthur was at Caerlleon upon Usk… audio
- Download 12 – Then Peredur rode forward audio
- Download 13 – The Dream of Rhonabwy audio
- Download 14 – After this they saw a troop… audio
- Download 15 – And Arthur and Owain marvelled… audio
Sample a moment of magic realism from the Red Book of Hergest:
On one side of the river he saw a flock of white sheep, and on the other a flock of black sheep. And whenever one of the white sheep bleated, one of the black sheep would cross over, and become white; and when one of the black sheep bleated, one of the white sheep would cross over, and become black.
Before passing on to the Mabinogion proper, Lady Charlotte Guest devotes Volume I of her compilation of medieval Welsh tales to three brief romances of Arthur’s Court. The centrepiece is the story of Peredur, the Dumb Youth – known elsewhere as Perceval, Parzifal, the Holy Fool, et al.
This is the violent world of satin-clad knights and their clashing encounters, peremptory slayings of giants and cave-dwelling monsters – a world where love is as sudden and final as death.
(Introduction by Martin Geeson)
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