Fled Bricrenn‘The feast of Bricriu’

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  • Ulster Cycle
Fled Bricrenn
‘The feast of Bricriu’
Also spelled Fled Bricrend.
prose (primary)
verse (secondary)


Ulster Cycle


(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
hostel-keeper (briugu) in the Ulster Cycle of tales
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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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Conall CernachConall Cernach
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
warrior of the Ulaid in the Ulster Cycle; son of Amergin and Findchóem
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Lóegaire BúadachLóegaire Búadach
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Hero in tales of the Ulster Cycle; said to be a son of Connad Buide and grandson of Iliach
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Cú RoíCú Roí (mac Dáiri)
Cú Roí mac Dáire, Cú Roí mac Dáiri
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
warrior and king of Munster in tales of the Ulster Cycle
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George Henderson, Fled Bricrend (1899): xxiv–xxx; Johan Corthals, Manuscript sources to Old and Middle Irish tales (MsOmit) (2010).

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.] Henderson, George [ed. and tr.], Fled Bricrend, Irish Texts Society 2, London and Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 1899.
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[ed.] Windisch, Ernst [ed.], Irische Texte mit Wörterbuch, 4 vols, vol. 1, Leipzig, 1880.
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235–311, 330–336 Text based on LU, with variants.
[ed.] Stern, Ludwig Christian [ed.], “Fled Bricrend nach dem Codex Vossianus”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 4 (1903): 143–177.
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[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], “The Edinburgh version of the Cennach in Rúanado”, Revue Celtique 14 (1893): 450–459.
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[tr.] Carey, John [tr.], “[Various contributions]”, in: Koch, John T., and John Carey (eds), The Celtic Heroic Age. Literary sources for ancient Celtic Europe and early Ireland & Wales, Celtic Studies Publications 1, 4th ed. (1995), Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2003. [Various].
[id. 81.] Based on Henderson's translation.
[tr.] Gantz, Jeffrey [tr.], Early Irish myths and sagas, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981.
[tr.] Draak, Maartje, and Frida de Jong (trs.), Van helden, elfen en dichters: de oudste verhalen uit Ierland, Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1979.
[tr.] d'Arbois de Jubainville, Marie-Henri [tr.], “[Various contributions]”, in: d'Arbois de Jubainville, Marie-Henri, L’épopée celtique en Irlande, Cours de littérature celtique 5, Paris: Thorin, 1892. [Various].
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Secondary sources (select)

Slotkin, Edgar M., “The structure of Fled Bricrenn before and after the Lebor na hUidre interpolations”, Ériu 29 (1978): 64–77.
Borsje, Jacqueline, “Úath mac Imomain und andere Schreckgespenster — Phantasievolle Kreationen oder traditionelle Elemente des irischen mittelalterlichen Erbes”, in: Birkhan, Helmut [ed.], Kelten-Einfälle an der Donau. Akten des Vierten Symposiums deutschsprachiger Keltologinnen und Keltologen ... Linz/Donau, 17.-21. Juli 2005, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-Historische Klasse, Denkschriften 345, Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2007. 51–65.
Downey, Clodagh, “Intertextuality in Echtra mac nEchdach Mugmedóin”, in: Carey, John, Máire Herbert, and Kevin Murray (eds), Cín Chille Cúile: texts, saints and places. Essays in honour of Pádraig Ó Riain, Celtic Studies Publications 9, Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2004. 77–104.
Dennis Groenewegen,Patrick Brown