Fer Diad

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warrior in tales of the Ulster Cycle
See also: Cú ChulainnCú Chulainn
Young Ulster hero and chief character of Táin bó Cuailnge and other tales of the Ulster Cycle; son of Súaltam or Lug and Deichtire (sister to Conchobor); husband of Emer (ingen Forgaill)
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O'Donnell, Thomas C., Fosterage in medieval Ireland: an emotional history, The Early Medieval North Atlantic 9, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020.  
abstract:
Fosterage was a central feature of medieval Irish society, yet the widespread practice of sending children to another family to be cared for until they reached adulthood is a surprisingly neglected topic. Where it has been discussed, fosterage is usually conceptualised and treated as a purely legal institution. This work seeks to outline the emotional impact of growing up within another family. What emerges is a complex picture of deeply felt emotional ties binding the foster family together. These emotions are unique to the social practice of fosterage, and we see the language and feelings originating within the foster family being used to describe other relationships such as those in the monastery or between humans and animals. This book argues that the more we understand how people felt in fosterage, the more we understand medieval Ireland.
Lajoye, Patrice, “Fer Diad: des géants et des meules”, in: Oudaer, Guillaume, Gaël Hily, and Herve Le Bihan (eds), Mélanges en l’honneur de Pierre-Yves Lambert, Rennes: TIR, 2015. 257–262.
Ó Flaithearta, Mícheál, “The etymologies of (Fer) Diad”, in: Ó hUiginn, Ruairí, and Brian Ó Catháin (eds.), Ulidia 2: proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Maynooth 24-27 July 2005, Maynooth: An Sagart, 2009. 218–225.
Sheehan, Sarah, “Fer Diad de-flowered: homoerotics and masculinity in Comrac Fir Diad”, in: Ó hUiginn, Ruairí, and Brian Ó Catháin (eds.), Ulidia 2: proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Maynooth 24-27 July 2005, Maynooth: An Sagart, 2009. 54–65.
Rutten, Stuart, “Displacement and replacement: Comrac Fir Diad within and without Táin bó Cúailnge”, in: Ó hUiginn, Ruairí, and Brian Ó Catháin (eds.), Ulidia 2: proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Maynooth 24-27 July 2005, Maynooth: An Sagart, 2009. 313–325.
Ó Fiannachta, Pádraig, “The fight with Fer Diad”, Journal of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society 18:1 (1973): 62–68.
Loth, J., “Mélanges celtiques: III. La muad-chloch de Ferdiad et la lech de Gronw Pebyr”, Revue Celtique 27 (1906): 208.
Journal volume:  Internet Archive: <link>, <link>
Nettlau, Max, “The Fer Diad episode of the Tain Bó Cuailnge (LL. 82 a 21 – 88 b 52) (suite) [part 2]”, Revue Celtique 11 (1890): 23–32, 318–343.
Internet Archive – part 1: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – part 2: <link>, <link>