Brislech Mór Maige Muirthemne, also known as Aided Con Culainn

  • Old Irish
  • Ulster Cycle
Verse, with prose. Cf. the Early Modern Irish rendition Oidheadh Con Culainn
  • Old Irish
  • Old Irish.

mid-8th century or even earlier (Pokorny).(1)n. 1 Julius Pokorny, ‘Germanisch-irisches’, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 13 (1921): 123.
Textual relationships
The dindsenchas poem Dinnshenchas of Achall deals with some of the consequences of Cú Chulainn's death and Conall Cernach's vengeance.


Ulster Cycle


Cú ChulainnCú Chulainn
Young Ulster hero and chief character of Táin bó Cuailnge and other tales of the Ulster Cycle; son of Súaltam or Lug and Deichtire (sister to Conchobor); husband of Emer (ingen Forgaill)
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Conall CernachConall Cernach
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
warrior of the Ulaid in the Ulster Cycle; son of Amergin and Findchóem
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Julius Pokorny, ‘Germanisch-irisches’, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 13 (1921): 123.

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.] Kimpton, Bettina [ed. and tr.], The death of Cú Chulainn. A critical edition of the earliest version of Brislech Mór Maige Muirthemni, Maynooth Medieval Irish Texts 6, Maynooth: School of Celtic Studies, National University of Ireland, 2009.
Based on LL and H 3. 18
[ed.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed.], Zu irischen Handschriften und Litteraturdenkmälern [I], Abhandlungen der königlichen Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Philologisch-Historische Klasse 14.2, Berlin, 1912.  
comments: Continued by Rudolf Thurneysen, Zu irischen Handschriften und Litteraturdenkmälern II (1913).
13–19 H 3. 18
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “Cuchulainn’s death [abridged from the Book of Leinster, ff. 77, a 1 – 78, b 2]”, Revue Celtique 3 (1876–1878): 175–185, 152.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>, <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>
Part of the LL text.
[tr.] Tymoczko, Maria [tr.], Two death tales from the Ulster Cycle: The death of Cu Roi and The death of Cu Chulainn, Dolmen Texts 2, Dublin: Dolmen Press, 1981.
The first complete English translation, including verse sections.
[tr.] Carey, John [tr.], “[Various contributions]”, in: Koch, John T., and John Carey (eds), The Celtic Heroic Age. Literary sources for ancient Celtic Europe and early Ireland & Wales, Celtic Studies Publications 1, 4th ed. (1995), Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2003. [Various].
§86 LL version
[tr.] d'Arbois de Jubainville, Marie-Henri [tr.], “[Various contributions]”, in: d'Arbois de Jubainville, Marie-Henri, L’épopée celtique en Irlande, Cours de littérature celtique 5, Paris: Thorin, 1892. [Various].
Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Pokorny, Julius, “Germanisch-irisches [1. Nochmals altir. gildae; 2. Germanische Lehnworte im Irischen]”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 13 (1921): 111–129.
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Thurneysen, Rudolf, Die irische Helden- und Königsage bis zum siebzehnten Jahrhundert, Halle: Niemeyer, 1921.  
comments: Part 1 (chapters 1-23): Allgemeines; Part 2 (chapters 1-85): Die Ulter Sage
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Dennis Groenewegen,Patrick Brown