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Dinnshenchas Érenn, version A

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  • Early Irish poetry, Medieval Irish literature, Dinnshenchas Érenn
Version A of the Dinnshenchas Érenn represents the metrical recension, i.e. a recension consisting almost exclusively of verse, as opposed to the prose recension of B or the mixed recension of C. It is attested only in the Book of Leinster. Other portions of the same manuscript (pp. 159-160 and 165-170) contain version B. See further Dinnshenchas Érenn.
Manuscripts

The texts of version A are distributed over various sections of the Book of Leinster. The original arrangement of these manuscript sections has not been preserved intact and an unknown number of leaves appear now to be lost. The writing appears to be the work of two scribes.

Gwynn suggests a reconstruction of the original order as follows:

Form
verse (primary)
prose (secondary)
Associated items
Dinnshenchas of Achall, Dinnshenchas of Ailech I, Dinnshenchas of Alend, Dinnshenchas of Almu I, Dinnshenchas of Ard Lemnacht, Dinnshenchas of Ard Ruide, Dinnshenchas of Áth Clíath Cúalann, Dinnshenchas of Áth Clíath Medraige, Dinnshenchas of Áth Fadat I, Dinnshenchas of Áth Fadat II, Dinnshenchas of Áth Líac Find I, Dinnshenchas of Áth Lúain, Dinnshenchas of Bairend Chermain, Dinnshenchas of Belach Conglais, Dinnshenchas of Belach nDúirgein, Dinnshenchas of Belach Gabráin, Dinnshenchas of Benn Bóguine, Dinnshenchas of Benn Étair I, Dinnshenchas of Benn Étair II, Dinnshenchas of Berba, Dinnshenchas of Boand I, Dinnshenchas of Bréchmag, Dinnshenchas of Brug na Bóinne II, Dinnshenchas of Carman, Dinnshenchas of Carn Conaill, Dinnshenchas of Carn Feradaig, Dinnshenchas of Carn Furbaide, Dinnshenchas of Carn Máil, Dinnshenchas of Carn Uí Néit, Dinnshenchas of Ceilbe, Dinnshenchas of Céis Chorainn, Dinnshenchas of Cell Chorbbáin, Dinnshenchas of Cenn Cuirrig, Dinnshenchas of Cenn Febrat, Dinnshenchas of Cenn Finichair, Dinnshenchas of Cnocc Rafann, Dinnshenchas of Crechmáel, Dinnshenchas of Descert, Dinnshenchas of Druim nAssail, Dinnshenchas of Druim Clíab, Dinnshenchas of Druim Criaich, Dinnshenchas of Druim nDairbrech, Dinnshenchas of Druim Fíngin I, Dinnshenchas of Druim Fíngin II, Dinnshenchas of Dubthír, Dinnshenchas of Duiblinn, Dinnshenchas of Duma Oena, Duma Ilia, Áth Egone, Dinnshenchas of Dún Cuirc, Dinnshenchas of Dún nGabail, Dinnshenchas of Dún Másc, Dinnshenchas of Eó Rossa and other trees, Dinnshenchas of Ess Rúaid I, Dinnshenchas of Faffand, Dinnshenchas of Fert Medba, Dinnshenchas of Fid nGaibli, Dinnshenchas of Findloch Cera, Dinnshenchas of Fornocht, Dinnshenchas of Laigin (prose), Dinnshenchas of Laigin I, Dinnshenchas of Laigin II, Dinnshenchas of Lecht hÉile, Dinnshenchas of Lége, Dinnshenchas of Lía Nothain, Dinnshenchas of Liamuin, Dinnshenchas of Loch mBlonac, Dinnshenchas of Loch nDechet, Dinnshenchas of Loch Dergderc, Dinnshenchas of Loch nÉrne, Dinnshenchas of Loch Garman, Dinnshenchas of Loch Léin, Dinnshenchas of Loch Néill, Dinnshenchas of Loch Rí, Dinnshenchas of Loch Ríach, Dinnshenchas of Luimnech, Dinnshenchas of Lumman Tige Srafáin, Dinnshenchas of Mag nAidne, Dinnshenchas of Mag Dá Gési, Dinnshenchas of Mag Femin I, Dinnshenchas of Mag Femin II, Dinnshenchas of Mag Life, Dinnshenchas of Mag Luirg, Dinnshenchas of Mag Mucrama, Dinnshenchas of Mag Muirisce, Dinnshenchas of Mag Raigne, Dinnshenchas of Mag Slecht, Dinnshenchas of Maistiu I, Dinnshenchas of Maistiu II, Dinnshenchas of Mide, Dinnshenchas of Móin Gai Glais, Dinnshenchas of Nás, Dinnshenchas of Nemthenn, Dinnshenchas of Ochan, Dinnshenchas of Port Láirge, Dinnshenchas of Ráith Chnámrossa, Dinnshenchas of Ráith Crúachain, Dinnshenchas of Ráith Ésa, Dinnshenchas of Róiriu in Uí Failge, Dinnshenchas of Róiriu in Uí Muiredaig, Dinnshenchas of Sinann I, Dinnshenchas of Slíab Bladma, Dinnshenchas of Slíab Cúa, Dinnshenchas of Slíab Echtge I, Dinnshenchas of Slíab Echtge II, Dinnshenchas of Slíab Fúait I, Dinnshenchas of Slíab Mairge I, Dinnshenchas of Slíab Mairge II, Dinnshenchas of Slíab Mis, Dinnshenchas of Slige Dála, Dinnshenchas of Snám Dá Én, Dinnshenchas of Srúb Brain, Dinnshenchas of Tailtiu, Dinnshenchas of Temair II, Dinnshenchas of Tipra Sengarmna, Dinnshenchas of Túag Inbir and Loch nEchach, Dinnshenchas of Tulach Eógain

Classification

Early Irish poetry Medieval Irish literature Dinnshenchas Érenn

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.] Gwynn, E. J. [ed. and tr.], The metrical dindsenchas, 5 vols, Todd Lecture Series 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1903–1935.
CELT – vol. 1 (edition): <link> CELT – vol. 1 (translation): <link> CELT – vol. 2 (edition): <link> CELT – vol. 2 (translation): <link> CELT – vol. 3 (edition): <link> CELT – vol. 3 (translation): <link> CELT – vol. 4 (edition): <link> CELT – vol. 4 (translation): <link> Internet Archive – vols 1-3: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 3: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 4: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 5: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Gwynn, E. J., The metrical dindsenchas, 5 vols, vol. 5, Todd Lecture Series 12, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1935.
Internet Archive – vol. 5: <link>
Gwynn, E. J., “The Dindshenchas in the Book of Uí Maine”, Ériu 10 (1926–1928): 68–91.
Ó Concheanainn, Tomás, “The three forms of Dinnshenchas Érenn [part 1]”, Journal of Celtic Studies 3 (1981–1983): 88–101.
Ó Concheanainn, Tomás, “The three forms of Dinnshenchas Érenn [part 2]”, Journal of Celtic Studies 3 (1981–1983): 102–131.
Ó Concheanainn, Tomás, “An dinnsheanchas próis”, Ph.D. thesis: National University of Ireland, Galway, 1977.
Thurneysen, Rudolf, Die irische Helden- und Königsage bis zum siebzehnten Jahrhundert, Halle: Niemeyer, 1921. 
comments: Part 1 (chapters 1-23): Allgemeines; Part 2 (chapters 1-85): Die Ulter Sage
Internet Archive: <link>
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