Compert Mongáin‘The conception and birth of Mongán’

  • Early Irish
  • prose
  • Cycles of the Kings, Compert
Brief early Irish story of the conception and birth of Mongán
  • Early Irish
prose (primary)
verse (secondary)
Contains poems
Tíag dum daim


Cycles of the Kings

Subject tags

Mongán mac FiachnaiMongán mac FiachnaiNo short description available
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Manannán mac LirManannán mac Lir – mythological figure in Irish literature, typically associated with the sea
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 Ráith Mór ... (Mag Line)


conception, birth


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.] White, Nora [ed. and tr.], Compert Mongáin and three other early Mongán tales, Maynooth Medieval Irish Texts 5, Maynooth: Department of Old and Middle Irish, National University of Ireland, 2006.
[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno, and Alfred Nutt, The voyage of Bran, son of Febal to the land of the living, 2 vols, vol. 1: The happy otherworld, London: David Nutt, 1895.
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[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].
§ 102 [‘Compert Mongáin The Birth of Mongán’]

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Broin, Tomas, “Classical source of the ‘Conception of Mongan’”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 28 (1960–1961): 262–271.
Dennis Groenewegen,Patrick Brown
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