Aided Meic Samáin

  • Early Irish
  • prose
  • Medieval Irish literature
A tale no longer extant but referred to as Aided Mic Shamain in the Book of Leinster version of the early Irish tale list A. The title suggests that it once related the (violent) death of a certain Mac Samáin, possibly the legendary champion of that name mentioned in Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib § 107.
  • Early Irish
prose (primary)


Medieval Irish literature

Subject tags

Mac SamáinMac Sámain / Garb Daire ... Mac Sámain – one, two or even several legendary figures of the same name; if the available references are to one and the same person, he is a warrior, member of a fían, as well as a judge or sage, whose persona could be invoked as the author of a number of textual passages; Finn’s judge in the poem Fégthar tech Fhinn a nAlmhain. The tale lists mention an Aided Meic Samáin, now lost.
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Secondary sources (select)

Mac Cana, Proinsias, The learned tales of medieval Ireland, Dublin: DIAS, 1980.
Ní Mhaonaigh, Máire, “‘The metaphorical Hector’: the literary portrayal of Murchad mac Bríain”, in: O'Connor, Ralph [ed.], Classical literature and learning in medieval Irish narrative, Studies in Celtic History 34, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014. 140–162.
Dobbs, Margaret E., “Notes on the lists of Irish historic tales”, Journal of Celtic Studies 2 (1953–1958): 45–58.
Dennis Groenewegen
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