Aígidecht Aithirni‘The guesting of Athirne’

  • Middle Irish
  • prose, verse, prosimetrum
  • Medieval Irish literature about poets, Ulster Cycle
The short prose text includes eight poems ascribed to Athirne.
Speaker: Athirne
  • Middle Irish
  • early Middle Irish (Meyer)
11th century (Meyer)
prose, verse, prosimetrum (primary)


Medieval Irish literature about poets Ulster Cycle


(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
Chief poet and satirist of the Ulstermen in the Ulster Cycle.
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Amairgen mac EccitAmairgen mac Eccit (Salaig)
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
(chief) poet of the Ulaid in the Ulster Cycle of tales; son of Eccet Salach
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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], “The guesting of Athirne”, Ériu 7 (1914): 1–9.
LL, with variants from Harleian 5280.
[ed.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed.], “A third copy of the Guesting of Athirne”, Ériu 7 (1914): 196–199.
Version from RIA MS 23 N 10, with variants from Harleian 5280.
[ed.] [tr.] Greene, David, and Frank O'Connor [Michael O'Donovan], A golden treasury of Irish poetry, A.D. 600 to 1200, London: Macmillan, 1967.
140–141. Poems on the four seasons.

Secondary sources (select)

Lubotsky, Alexander, “Varia IV: On the alliteration in ‘The guesting of Athirne’”, Ériu 33 (1982): 170–171.
Dennis Groenewegen,Patrick Brown