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Dinnshenchas of Áth Líac Find I
verse beg. Áth Liac Find, cid dia tá?

Máel Muru Othna
  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Dinnshenchas Érenn, Finn Cycle, Dinnshenchas
Tract on the dinnshenchas of Áth Líac Find, a ford of the Shannon.
Initial words (verse)
  • Áth Liac Find, cid dia tá?
Context(s) The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.
Author
Máel Muru OthnaMáel Muru of Othain / Máel Muru Othna (d. 887) – Early Irish poet and historian, who was apparently attached to the monastery of Othain (now Fahan, Inishowen barony, Co. Donegal), as his epithet suggests
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Ascribed to
Máel Muru OthnaMáel Muru of Othain / Máel Muru Othna (d. 887) – Early Irish poet and historian, who was apparently attached to the monastery of Othain (now Fahan, Inishowen barony, Co. Donegal), as his epithet suggests
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The LL copy ascribes the poem to Máel Muru Othna (d. 887), who may well be the author of the poem.
Summary
The place-name Áth Liac Find (‘The ford of Finn's stone’) is explained with reference to a story about the fian-leader Finn, who is here called Finn mac Umaill. The stone is said to have been used by Finn to crush his enemies in a certain battle and to have been entrusted to him for this purpose by the síd-woman Sinand, daughter of Mongán.
Manuscripts
Dinnshenchas Érenn A
Dinnshenchas Érenn C
Language
  • Middle Irish
Date
The poem is assigned by Meyer to the 9th century.
Form
verse (primary)

Classification

Early Irish poetry Dinnshenchas Érenn Finn Cycle
 Dinnshenchas

Subject tags

Sinand ingen MongáinSinand ingen Mongáin
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Finn mac CumaillFionn mac Cumhaill / Find úa Báiscni (ass. time-frame: Finn mac Cumaill, Cormac mac Airt, Category:Finn Cycle) – Finn mac Cumaill (earlier mac Umaill?), Find úa Báiscni: central hero in medieval Irish and Scottish literature of the so-called Finn Cycle or Finn Cycle; warrior-hunter and leader of a fían
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Gúaire GollGúaire Goll – servant in charge of carrying Finn’s fidchell board
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 Áth Líac Find

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, vol. 4, Todd Lecture Series 11, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1924.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 4: <link>
36–39 [id. 11. ‘Áth Líac Find I’] direct link direct link direct link

Secondary sources (select)

Gwynn, E. J. [ed. and tr.], The metrical dindsenchas, 5 vols, vol. 4, Todd Lecture Series 11, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1924.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 4: <link>
382–384 [id. 11. ‘Áth Líac Find I’] direct link
Meyer, Kuno, Fianaigecht: being a collection of hitherto inedited Irish poems and tales relating to Finn and his Fiana, Todd Lecture Series 16, London: Hodges, Figgis, 1910.
National Library of Scotland – PDF: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
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Contributors
Patrick Brown,Dennis Groenewegen
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