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Dinnshenchas of Temair I
verse beg. Temair Breg, cid ní diatá

  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Dinnshenchas Érenn, Irish legendary history, Dinnshenchas
Poem on the former names and legendary associations of the Hill of Tara. Versions are extant in recensions of LGÉ as well as the Dinnshenchas Érenn.
Initial words (verse)
  • Temair Breg, cid ní diatá
“Temair Breg, whence is it named?”
Context(s) The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.
Ascribed to
Fintan mac BóchraFintan mac Bóchra (ass. time-frame: Universal history) – A figure of medieval Irish tradition who survives the Flood and lives to give eye-witness accounts of the history of Ireland
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Fintan fili, presumably Fintan mac Bóchra, who is made to refer to himself in the last quatrain of the poem. Cf. the introduction to the Dinnshenchas Érenn.
Language
  • Middle Irish
Form
verse (primary)
Speaker
Fintan
Number of stanzas
11

Classification

Early Irish poetry Dinnshenchas Érenn Irish legendary history
 Dinnshenchas

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. 1, Todd Lecture Series 8, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1903. 
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive – vols. 1-3: <link>
2–5 [id. 1. ‘Temair I’] Poem. direct link direct link direct link
[corr.] Gwynn, E. J., The metrical dindsenchas, 5 vols, vol. 5, Todd Lecture Series 12, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1935.
Internet Archive – vol. 5: <link>
125 Corrigenda. direct link
[corr.] Meyer, Kuno, “Erschienene Schriften”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 6 (1908): 245–248.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – faint scan: <link>
Corrigenda.
[ed.] [tr.] Macalister, R. A. Stewart [ed.], Lebor gabála Érenn: The book of the taking of Ireland, 5 vols, vol. 5, Irish Texts Society 44, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 1942.
Internet Archive: <link>
82–83 § 444. Prose version from LGÉ direct link
[ed.] [tr.] Petrie, George, and John O'Donovan [collaborator], “On the history and antiquities of Tara Hill”, Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy 18 (1839): 25–232.
Internet Archive: <link>
131–132 Edited from BB. direct link

Secondary sources (select)

Gwynn, E. J. [ed. and tr.], The metrical dindsenchas, 5 vols, vol. 1, Todd Lecture Series 8, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1903. 
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive – vols. 1-3: <link>
57–58 [id. 1. ‘Temair I’] direct link
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