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. . .So Rhiannon sent for the teachers and the wise men, and as she preferred doing penance to contending with the women, she took upon her a penance. And the penance that was imposed upon her was that she should remain in that palace of Narberth until the end of seven years, and that she should sit every day near unto a horse-block that was without the gate; and that she should relate the story to all who should come there whom she might suppose not to know it already; and that she should offer the guests and strangers, if they would permit her, to carry them upon her back into the palace. But it rarely happened that any would permit. And thus did she spend part of the year.

Now at that time Teirnyon Twryv Vliant was lord of[40] Gwent Is Coed, and he was the best man in the world. And unto his house there belonged a mare than which neither mare nor horse in the kingdom was more beautiful. And on the night of every first of May she foaled, and no one ever knew what. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Read both this and Celtic Fairy Tales and reviewed them in a lump. Read it under that one.

This is one of those exquisite books that carries me back to my childhood. The illustrations by John D. Batten awaken half-formed visions of tales read long ago. A great book to read in bits and pieces, on vacation, or when you need something different. Personal favorites here include The Greek P...more

This is a solid book of Celtic fairy tales compiled and edited by Joseph Jacobs. Some of the stories are related to bronze-age epics, which means they have more parts in verse, and more named characters than typical fairy tales. Other stories are just what you'd expect in a book of fairy tales.


These were very interesting and weird too.

Finally finished the second half of Jacobs's compilation. A lot of the Celtic storytelling style (stories embedded in only barely relevant stories) is not for me. Again, the reference notes that Jacobs includes were interesting and informational, and therefore they were some of the best parts for...more

A good continuation of the first volume, though some of the stories are more convoluted and difficult to follow.

It's not too Anglicized

The editor is meticulous in listing his sources (thus giving us even more tales to look up) and there are a lot of 'new' tales for us Fairy Tale fanatics.

A vile old hag slaughters princes yet is outwitted by the quick thinking of a small young girl named Smallhead. The Children of Lir are transformed into swans. A fox transports a gardener's son around the world on his magic brush. A demon grows out of a king's mouth instead of a tongue. An evil t...more