verse beg. Eol dam aided, erctha gním

  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Ulster Cycle
Poem on the deaths of the seven Maines, sons of Medb and Ailill.
Initial words (verse)
  • Eol dam aided, erctha gním
  • Middle Irish
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Early Irish poetry Ulster Cycle


The seven Mainesseven Maines, The (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle, Conchobar mac Nessa, Conaire Mór) – In the Ulster Cycle, the seven Maines (na secht Maine) are a collective designation for the seven, or eight, sons of Medb and Ailill, all of whom are named Maine: Maine Máithremail and Maine Aithremail, Maine Míngor and Maine Mórgor, Maine Andóe, Maine Milscothach and/or Maine Mó Epert, and Maine Conda(s)gaib/Cotagaib Uile.
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After an introductory quatrain, the deaths of the seven Maines are treated in seven quatrains (one quatrain per Maine):

[1] Introduction

[2] Maine Mórgar

» People: Maine Mórgor

[3] Maine Mó-epert

» People: Maine Conda Mó Epert

[4] Maine Annai

» Comments: For this story, see the Táin episode known as Caladgleó Cethirn. » People: Maine Andóe • Cethern mac Fintain

[5] Maine Taí

[6] Maine Mingor

» People: Maine Mingor

[7] Maine Máthremail

» People: Maine Máithremail

[8] Maine Aithremuil

» People: Maine Aithremail


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[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften: Der Tod der sieben Maine”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 9 (1913): 175.
CELT – edition: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
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Dennis Groenewegen
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