Airne Fíngein‘Fíngen’s night watch’

  • Early Middle Irish, Late Old Irish
  • Cycles of the Kings, Irish legendary history
  • Early Middle Irish Late Old Irish
  • early Middle Irish or late Old Irish.


Cycles of the Kings Irish legendary history


Conn CétchathachConn Cétchathach – legendary high-king of Ireland; son of Fedlimid Rechtmar
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Fíngen mac LuchtaFíngen mac Luchta (ass. time-frame: Fedlimid Rechtmar, Conn Cétchathach) – In Airne Fíngein (‘Fíngen's vigil’), a prince (rígdomna) of Munster, who stands on top of Druim Fíngin one Samain night when he meets Rothníam, a woman of the síd, and through her learns of a series of wonders associated with the birth of Conn Cétchathach.
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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.] Vendryes, Joseph [ed.], Airne Fíngein, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series 15, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1953.
[ed.] Scarre, A. M. [ed.], “Airne Fingein inso”, in: Bergin, Osborn, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 2, Halle and Dublin, 1908. 1–10.
Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link>
Based on Stowe MS D iv 2.
[ed.] Mac Aongusa, Máire [ed.], “Airne Fíngein”, TLH: Thesaurus Linguae Hibernicae, Online: University College Dublin. URL: <http://www.ucd.ie/tlh/text/mma.tlh.001.text.html>.
Text transcribed from the Book of Lismore.
[tr.] Cross, Tom Peete, and A. C. L. Brown (trs.), “Fingen's night-watch”, The Romanic Review 9 (1918): 29–47.
Gallica: <link>
Translation based on Scarre's edition.
[tr.] Guyonvarc'h, Christian-J. [ed.], Textes mythologique irlandais, Rennes: Ogam - Celticum, 1980.
189–202 French translation

Secondary sources (select)

Bondarenko, Grigory, “Fintan mac Bóchra: Irish synthetic history revisited”, in: Fomin, Maxim, Václav Blažek, and Piotr Stalmaszczyk (eds), Transforming traditions: studies in archaeology, comparative linguistics and narrative: proceedings of the Fifth International Colloquium of Societas Celto-Slavica, held at Příbram, 26–29 July 2010, Studia Celto-Slavica6, Łódź: Łódź University Press, 2012. 214 pp. 129–147.
Collection:  Eprints.ulster.ac.uk: <link>
Wiley, Dan M., “The politics of myth in Airne Fingein”, in: Eska, Joseph F. [ed.], Narrative in Celtic tradition: essays in honor of Edgar M. Slotkin, CSANA Yearbook 8, 9, New York: Colgate University Press, 2011. 276–288.
Dennis Groenewegen
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