Texts

Dinnshenchas of Benn Codail
verse beg. Senchas Codail cuimnig dam

  • Middle Irish
  • prose, verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Dinnshenchas Érenn, dinnshenchas
Text on the dinnshenchas of Benn Codail
Initial words (verse)
  • Senchas Codail cuimnig dam
Context(s) The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.
Summary
Ériu, from whom Inis Érenn is named, is reared by Codal, her fosterfather (aite), on what is to become Benn Codail. Codal’s vigour in nurturing her not only causes the maiden to grow, but also the earth beneath them to swell and rise up. Because of the wind and the scorching sun, Ériu notices that the hill is attaining a fair height. She tells Codal and if she had not done so, the mountain would have stood over all of Ireland. On the day when Ériu’s successor (comarba) or the king of Tara tastes Codal’s food (associated with game, fish or venison in the prose version), he/Ériu will gain strength.
Language
  • Middle Irish
Form
prose, verse (primary)
verse (secondary)
Contains poems
Codhal Coirrchicheach go n-aibh’ » A quatrain in the Edinburgh prose version.
Number of stanzas
7
Textual relationships
Cf. Dinnshenchas of Codal, which tells a different story about Codal corr-chíchach, from whom the hill takes its name. Here he is presented as a contemporary of the Dagda and his son Áed.

Classification

Early Irish poetry Dinnshenchas Érenn

Subjects

Benn CodailBenn Codail

No description available

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>
184–187 [id. 44. ‘Benn Codail’] Verse. direct link direct link direct link
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The prose tales in the Rennes dindshenchas”, Revue Celtique 16 (1895): 31–83, 135–167, 269–312, 468.
TLH – edition (III, 31-83): <link> TLH – translation (III): <link> TLH – edition (IV, pp. 135-167): <link> TLH – translation (IV): <link> Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
60–61 [id. 109. ‘Benn Codail’] Prose. direct link
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The Edinburgh dinnshenchas”, Folk-Lore 4 (1893): 471–497.
TLH – edition: <link> TLH – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
490 [id. 72. ‘Benn Codail’]

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>
425 [id. 44. ‘Benn Codail’] direct link
Contributors
C. A.,Dennis Groenewegen
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