A short reading list for learning more about The Mabinogi


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This short bibliography is not complete; it is meant simply to direct the interested reader to some of the most important studies in English of The Mabinogi and related topics.


The following editions of the Four Branches provide reliable Welsh texts and much detailed information in their introductions and notes:

Williams, Ifor. Pedeir Keinc y Mabinogi. Caerdydd, 1961.
The standard edition of the Welsh text. [In Welsh]

Thompson, R. L. Pwyll Pendeuic Dyuet. Dublin, 1957.

Thomson, Derick S. Branwen Uerch Lyr. Dublin, 1961.

Ford, Patrick K. Manawydan uab Llyr. Belmont, Massachusetts, 2000.

Ford, Patrick K. Math uab Mathonwy. Belmont, Massachusetts, 1999.

Hughes, Ian. Math Uab Mathonwy. Aberystwyth, 2000. [In Welsh]


Studies and Surveys:

Sullivan, C. W., III. The Mabinogi: A Book of Essays. New York, 1996.
A collection of sixteen major scholarly articles on The Mabinogi that were published between 1970 and 1990.

Davies, Sioned. The Four Branches of the Mabinogi. Llandysul, 1993.
A brief but important introduction, with particular attention to the oral tradition that underlies the tales.

Mac Cana, Proinsias. The Mabinogi. Cardiff, 1977.
A perceptive and influential discussion of the Four Branches and other tales in the “Mabinogion.”

Jackson, Kenneth. The International Popular Tale and Early Welsh Tradition. Cardiff, 1961.

Mac Cana, Proinsias. Branwen Daughter of Llŷr: A Study of the Irish Affinities and of the Composition of the Second Branch of the Mabinogi. Cardiff, 1958.

Gruffydd, W. J. Rhiannon: An Inquiry into the First and Third Branches of the Mabinogi. Cardiff, 1953.


Related Reading:

Bromwich, Rachel, Trioedd Ynys Prydein: The Welsh Triads. Cardiff, 1961, 1978.

Green, Miranda Jane. Celtic Myths. London, 1993.

Green, Miranda J. Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend. London, 1992.

Mac Cana, Proinsias. Celtic Mythology. London, 1970.

Rees, Alwyn, and Brinley Rees, Celtic Heritage. London 1961.