Aislinge Óenguso‘The dream of Óengus’

  • Old Irish
  • Mythological Cycle, Ulster Cycle, remscéla to Táin bó Cúailnge
  • Old Irish
  • Old Irish.


Mythological Cycle Ulster Cycle


Óengus mac ind ÓcÓengus mac ind Óc / Mac Óc / Mac ind Óc / Aengus mac ind Óc (ass. time-frame: Túatha Dé Danann) – Óengus (Aengus) mac (ind) Óc; Mac Óc: mythological figure in medieval Irish literature, one of the Túatha Dé Danann; associated with youth and love; identified in some narratives as a son of the Dagda and Bóann.
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Medb ChrúachnaMedb Crúachna / Medb of Crúachan / Medb of Connacht (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – Queen of the Connachta, co-ruler with her husband Ailill mac Máta, in the Ulster Cycle. She is said to have a daughter, Findabair, and seven sons known as the seven Maines. Her lover is Fergus mac Róich.
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Ailill mac MátaAilill mac Máta (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – king of Connacht, husband of Medb of Connacht
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Fíngen [physician of Conchobar mac Nessa]Fíngen ... physician of Conchobar mac Nessa (ass. time-frame: Conchobar mac Nessa, Ulster Cycle) – Conchobar’s physician in Aislinge Óenguso; otherwise called Fergnae
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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.] Meid, Wolfgang, Die Suche nach der Traumfrau. Aislinge Óenguso: Oengus’ Traum. Eine altirische Sage, Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft, Neue Folge 14, Innsbruck: Institut für Sprachen und Literaturen der Universität Innsbruck, 2017.
[ed.] Shaw, Francis [ed.], The dream of Óengus: Aislinge Óenguso, Dublin: Browne and Nolan, 1934.
CELT – edition: <link> Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link>
[ed.] Kelly, Patricia, “Aislingi Oengusai”, TLH: Thesaurus Linguae Hibernicae, Online: University College Dublin. URL: <http://www.ucd.ie/tlh/text/pk.tlh.002.text.html>.
Diplomatic edition collated with Müller’s edition and Thurneysen’s readings
[ed.] [tr.] Müller, Eduard [ed. and tr.], “Two Irish tales”, Revue Celtique 3 (1876–1878): 342–360.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>, <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>
[ed.] Thurneysen, Rudolf, “Zu irischen Texten”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 12 (1918): 398–407.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
400 Suggested emendations of the text edited by Müller.
Translation only
[tr.] O'Donovan, Tom, Irish sagas online, Online: University College Cork. URL: <http://iso.ucc.ie>.
Translation by Kevin Murray
[tr.] Gantz, Jeffrey [tr.], Early Irish myths and sagas, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981.
[tr.] Jackson, Kenneth Hurlstone [tr.], A Celtic miscellany: translations from the Celtic literatures, Revised ed. (1951), Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971.
93–97 Selection
[tr.] Draak, Maartje, and Frida de Jong (trs.), Van helden, elfen en dichters: de oudste verhalen uit Ierland, Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1979.
202–207 [‘Het droomgezicht van Aengus’] Translation into Dutch

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Cathasaigh, Tomás, Coire Sois: the cauldron of knowledge, ed. Matthieu Boyd, Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014.
Fogarty, Hugh, “Aislinge Óenguso: a remscél reconsidered”, 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. 56–67.
Gray, Brenda, “Reading Aislinge Óenguso as a Christian-Platonist parable”, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 24–25 (2004/2005, 2009): 16–39.
Ó Coileáin, Seán, “A crux in Aislinge Óenguso”, Celtica 20 (1988): 167–168.
Dennis Groenewegen,Patrick Brown