The Island of the Mighty

The Island of the Mighty This is a tale of the Great Ones This is the tale of M th Son of Mathonwy King and perhaps High God of Gwynedd in the far marshes and mountains of the West the dark kingdoms of Wales in the druidic

  • Title: The Island of the Mighty
  • Author: Evangeline Walton
  • ISBN: 9780345242112
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a tale of the Great Ones.This is the tale of M th, Son of Mathonwy, King and perhaps High God of Gwynedd in the far marshes and mountains of the West the dark kingdoms of Wales in the druidic days As it is the tale of M th s nephew and heir, Gwydion, warrior necromancer whose heroic might and towering strength helped him to stand alone And of Gwydion s terrible sisThis is a tale of the Great Ones.This is the tale of M th, Son of Mathonwy, King and perhaps High God of Gwynedd in the far marshes and mountains of the West the dark kingdoms of Wales in the druidic days As it is the tale of M th s nephew and heir, Gwydion, warrior necromancer whose heroic might and towering strength helped him to stand alone And of Gwydion s terrible sister, the sorceress Arianrhod, she who rejected her brother but gave birth to a seed of life which became the beloved doomed heir of Gwydion, Llew Llaw Gyffes.And finally, this is the tale of Llew the Golden, the wise, courageous, and adored one the one cursed by his mother to a destiny that wed him to a heedless child made of flowers.This is a tale of Wonders.

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    1. Island of the Mighty retells the last branch of the Mabinogion, the story of Gwydion, Arianrhod, Llew Llaw Gyffes, Blodeuwedd and Goronwy. It begins with a retelling of stealing the pigs belonging to Lord Pryderi. Gwydion uses this to provoke war, allowing his younger brother to rape the king's footholder. This also leads to the death of Pryderi, which doesn't endear Gwydion to the reader who has also read the retellings of the other three branches -- and also to the disgracing of Arianrhod and [...]

    2. Chronologically, this is the last of Walton's Mabinogion Tetralogy, even though it was actually published first. It's probably best that it not be the first one in the collection; I found the story inherently less interesting than Prince of Annwn. It's a good story, but a little more typically fantasy-quest-legend style than the other.Gwydion, strong, fair, and intelligent prince of north Wales repeatedly facilitates the dreams of those he cares about, only to have his plans thwarted by the peop [...]

    3. I'm not sure if this is a "retelling" of the Mabinogi, or an "adaptation" or a "novelization" or what. What I am sure of is that it was a lovely, lovely book, full of graceful prose, magic, love and loss. And unpronounceable Welsh names. And maybe just a wee dram of 1930's spiritualism/mysticism courtesy of the author. Highly recommended.

    4. A satisfying reworking of Welsh legend. There are more than a few winks made at 20th century society in the narrative, but the spirit of ancient tales is strong with it. As with any adaptation of an oral narrative there are hook phrases which recur nearly constantly that kight make this a thoroughly enjoyable audio book if someone had the time and grasp of Welsh pronunciations.

    5. The tetralogy is great and a thing of beauty. I believe, however, that this the fourth book is perhaps my least favorite. Perhaps it was the way Walton's 20th century voice broke through, a bit more insistently than in the previous three books. Maybe my tolerance for reading about stupid people who don't learn is making me into one of those insufferable prigs-- O God, please no. I really can't say why I like Island of the Mighty less, but whatever the reason, it is nevertheless a great conclusio [...]

    6. Of all the 4 books in the Mabinogian this was undeniably my favorite. The characters are larger than life itself (they are gods afterall). But gods wrestling with mere human flaws and the consequences born of them. The prose still seemed dry and dusty to me at times, but had a logic to it that, once I fell in time with it, was easy to fall back into whenever I picked up the tale again. I especially enjoyed the dedication at the end by the author to Gwydion. It told me of a love beyond the simple [...]

    7. A superb adaptation of the fourth branch of the Mabinogion (a collection of Welsh myths). The magic is powerful (despite Walton's insistence it's just Lost Science), the characters are vivid, though the mysticism is cliched and her handling of gender issues a bit uncomfortable (this was written in the 1930s)--for example, Walton's assertion that before virginity became a concept, rape didn't exist (WTF?). I think it's terrific, even so.

    8. An exciting adaptation of the fourth branch of the Mabinogi. Walton made it a blast to read, and contextualized it for a slightly less misogynistic audience without bowdlerizing or making it feel inauthentic. I'm ordering the other three parts to read soon!

    9. I'm not sure why, but I couldn't get into this one at all. Main characters were all pretty hateful and selfish, and I didn't like them or care about them. I much prefer Lloyd Alexander's Gwydion!

    10. Now that I've finished the Fourth Branch I wish that there was more, time to start reading any related material I can find. ^_^

    11. Originally titled The Virgin and The Swine. Awesome celtic mythology. My father knew the author who was known as "The Blue Lady" because she suffered from a lack of oxygen when she was born.

    12. The final branch of the Mabinogion is masterfully retold by the author. It encompasses the magic, love, and tragedy of the tale, and is told with empathy and love.

    13. A rich, interesting remake of old Welsh myth. I enjoyed marking the similarities between this and other more modern takes on Celtic lore.

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