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Regardless, their importance as records of early myth, legend, folklore, culture, and language of Wales is immense.The Four Branches of the Mabinogi (Pedair Cainc y Mabinogi) are the most clearly mythological stories contained in the Mabinogion collection.Pryderi appears in all four, though not always as the central character.an understanding of the integrity of the tales has developed, with investigation of their plot structures, characterisation, and language styles.They are now seen as a sophisticated narrative tradition, both oral and written, with ancestral construction from oral storytelling, Indeed, as early as 1632 the lexicographer John Davies quotes a sentence from Math fab Mathonwy with the notation "Mabin." in his Antiquae linguae Britannicae ... The later Guest translation of 1877 in one volume has been widely influential and remains actively read today.The word mabinogi itself is something of a puzzle, although clearly derived from the Welsh mab, which means "son, boy, young person". Hamp of the earlier school traditions in mythology, found a suggestive connection with Maponos "the Divine Son", a Gaulish deity.
Mabinogi properly applies only to the Four Branches, which is a tightly organised quartet very likely by one author, where the other seven are so very diverse (see below).
The stories of the Mabinogion appear in either or both of two medieval Welsh manuscripts, the White Book of Rhydderch or Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch, written circa 1350, and the Red Book of Hergest or Llyfr Goch Hergest, written about 1382–1410, though texts or fragments of some of the tales have been preserved in earlier 13th century and later manuscripts.
Scholars agree that the tales are older than the existing manuscripts, but disagree over just how much older.
The stories were compiled in Middle Welsh in the 12th–13th centuries from earlier oral traditions. The title covers a collection of eleven prose stories of widely different types.
There is a classic hero quest, "Culhwch and Olwen"; historic legend in "Lludd and Llefelys" glimpses a far off age; and other tales portray a very different King Arthur from the later popular versions.
The highly sophisticated complexity of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi defies categorisation.