Texts

verse beg. Beir mo scíath, sceo fri úath

  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
A poem put in the mouth of Ailill Ólomm, king of Munster, relating to events surrounding the battle of Mag Mucrama.
Initial words (verse)
  • Beir mo scíath, sceo fri úath
Context(s)The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.
Author
Ascribed to: Ailill ÓlommAilill Ólomm / Ailill Aulom (ass. time-frame: Irish legendary history) – king of Munster; reputed ancestor of the Éoganacht and Dál Cais; a prominent figure in various king-tales, such as those revolving around the Battle of Mag Mucrama.
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Manuscripts
Language
  • Middle Irish
  • early Middle Irish (O Daly)
Form
verse (primary)
Metre
  • rannaigechtrannaigechtrannaigecht dialtach (al. rannaigecht mór)rannaigecht dialtach (al. rannaigecht mór) (7¹+7¹+7¹+7¹)

Classification

Early Irish poetry

Subjects

 Battle of Mag Mucrama
Ailill ÓlommAilill Ólomm / Ailill Aulom (ass. time-frame: Irish legendary history) – king of Munster; reputed ancestor of the Éoganacht and Dál Cais; a prominent figure in various king-tales, such as those revolving around the Battle of Mag Mucrama.
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Sources

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.] O Daly, Máirín, “Beir mo scíath, scëo fri úath”, Ériu 20 (1966): 191–201.
[ed.] [tr.] MacNeill, Eoin [ed. and tr.], “Three poems in Middle-Irish, relating to the Battle of Mucrama, with English translation and notes, and a short vocabulary”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 3rd series, 3 (1893–1896): 529–563.
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540–545 direct link
[corr.] Meyer, Kuno, “Erschienene Schriften”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 1 (1897): 169–172, 175–176, 357–360, 493–500.
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170–171 Corrigenda. direct link
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