verse beg. Fidbadach mac Feda Ruscaig

  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
Poem attributed to Flann mac Lonáin. It is preceded by a prose story about the poet, beginning ‘Bó bithblicht meic Lonán’ (YBL col. 917 ff, facs. page 195b ff; D iv 2, fol. 51d ff).
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  • Fidbadach mac Feda Ruscaig
Ascribed to: Flann mac LonáinFlann mac Lonáin
(d. 891 x 918)
Flann mac Lónáin
early Irish poet; called ‘the Virgil of the Irish’ (Firgil Gáedel) and ‘King of the Poets of Ireland’ respectively.
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[ed.] Bergin, O. J., “A story of Flann mac Lonáin”, in: Bergin, Osborn, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 1, Halle and Dublin, 1907. 45–50.
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Dennis Groenewegen