The Mountain of Marvels: A Celtic Tale of Magic, Retold from the Mabinogion

The Mountain of Marvels A Celtic Tale of Magic Retold from the Mabinogion A thousand years ago in the Celtic kingdoms of Wales great lords gave great feasts for their fighting men and courtiers In timbered halls for days on end heaps of meat and bread were washed down w

  • Title: The Mountain of Marvels: A Celtic Tale of Magic, Retold from the Mabinogion
  • Author: Aaron Shepard
  • ISBN: 9780938497363
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • A thousand years ago, in the Celtic kingdoms of Wales, great lords gave great feasts for their fighting men and courtiers In timbered halls, for days on end, heaps of meat and bread were washed down with gallons of beer and mead And in between the meals, when bellies were stuffed and spirits high, the storyteller rose and spun his tales of times long past.He told of lordA thousand years ago, in the Celtic kingdoms of Wales, great lords gave great feasts for their fighting men and courtiers In timbered halls, for days on end, heaps of meat and bread were washed down with gallons of beer and mead And in between the meals, when bellies were stuffed and spirits high, the storyteller rose and spun his tales of times long past.He told of lords, bold and generous He told of ladies, grand and glorious He told of friends, brave and faithful But of all he told about, no friend was reliable than Manawydan, son of Llyr No lady was admirable than Rhiannon And no lord was honorable than Pwyll, King of Dyfed.The halls are now long gone yet some tales were written down and gathered in a book we call today The Mabinogion And so the tales live on For ages 10 and up Not illustrated Aaron Shepard is the award winning author of The Baker s Dozen, The Sea King s Daughter, The Monkey King, and many children s books His stories have appeared often in Cricket magazine, while his Web site is known internationally as a prime resource for folktales, storytelling, and reader s theater Once a professional storyteller, Aaron specializes in lively retellings of folktales and other traditional literature, which have won him honors from the American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the American Folklore Society Highly recommended A brief yet exciting and exotic fable of heroes striving to make their mark and protect those most dear to them in a fantastic world Children s Bookwatch Midwest Library Review , Jan 2007 Written in a lyrical voice that channels the ghosts of storytellers past Great for a librarian or teacher to read to a class Sheila Ruth, Wands and Worlds, Jan 2007 A clear, simple, beautiful retelling Those familiar with the source material will recognise how masterly a piece of work Shepard has crafted from notoriously challenging material Best of all, the language has retained the full richness of the underlying Celtic music Louise Owen, Celtic Cafe SAMPLEThe next day, after the midday meal, Pwyll said to Manawydan, Let us walk again on the mount But this time, we ll bring my horse along So once they climbed the mount And they had not sat long when they saw the same lady, in the same dress and veil, on the same horse, on the same road, coming at the same slow, steady pace.Pwyll speedily mounted his horse, but as he reached the foot of the mount, she was already riding past the spot Then he let his horse prance after, thinking to easily overtake her When he did not, he gave his horse the rein It began to trot, yet fell even farther behind Then he spurred it to a gallop but at its greatest speed, it lost ground than ever And still the lady rode no faster than a walk.At last his horse began to fail, and he called out, Lady, in the name of the man you hold dearest, please halt I will, she said And for the sake of your horse, you could have asked it sooner.

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    • Judith-Victoria Douglas says:

      A very interesting tale of old. Such tales are often the best. Here the explanation of when the tale could have been compiled is as interesting as the story itself. I thoroughly enjoyed this reading and being enlightened of such ancient Wales/Celtic stories.I have such an old tale rewritten to include in my Anthology,Twisted Vine . I am now considering publishing it separately after reading this.

    • Charity says:

      For full review please go to: 5girlsbookreviews, Twitter @camartinez and Facebook "5 Girls Book Reviews"REVIEW BY: Michaela, age 11 years, 5 monthsMAY CONTAIN SPOILER:This was a good book, I really enjoyed it! I liked the magical lord, he really was going to give pretty much everything to get his wife back. I think that is true love!

    • Edwina Callan says:

      An introduction to Celtic Mythology featuring "The Great Queen", Rhiannon.This is a retelling of the Welsh classic "The Mabinogion" which dates back to the Middle Ages.Highly recommended to fans of fairytales and mythology.

    • Patricia says:

      Several ancient Welsh tales from pre-Christian and Medieval times, about the legendary Rhiannon and Lord Pwyll, King of Dyfed.

    • Kevin says:

      Another of Aaron Shepard's retold myths and legends. An accessible and well done retelling. Great for young readers or adults looking to get a taste of these classic myths.

    • Jodi Woody says:

      A nice quick read. Celtic fairytales.

    • Kevis Hendrickson says:

      Brilliant retelling of Celtic legends taken from The Mabinogion. I would certainly recommend this book as a great starting point for readers to introduce themselves to Celtic folklore, legends, and myths.

    • Chris says:

      A retelling of four the tales from the Mabinogion. Incredilbly well done.

    • Licette says:

      It was very interesting. Lots of extreems.

    • Audra says:

      This was fairly short, it was enjoyable. I especially liked that there was a pronunciation guide provided.

    • Sarah says:

      I really enjoyed these tales from the Mabingonen. I'm glad that this author is trying to keep these available.

    • Anusha Narasimhan says:

      This is the first of Aaron Shepard's Ancient Fantasy series that retells classics from different parts of the world. My first peek into Welsh literature is through this book and I am delighted. This has piqued my interest in reading the Mabinogion.

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