Texts

verse beg. Ind fhilid ra fetatar

  • Old Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
Dinnshenchas poem on the origin of Tara, with prose introduction. The poem is 12 stanzas long and incomplete in the form in which it is preserved.
Initial words (verse)
  • Ind fhilid ra fetatar
“The poets have discovered”
‘Ind fhilid ra fetatar’
Language
  • Old Irish
  • O Daly has stated in her edition that “the dating of the language presents considerable difficulty”. The verse uses Old Irish forms for infixed pronouns and no independent pronouns occur in the text. With regard to the prose, she remarks that “there is nothing [..] I think that would conflict with a date c. 900”, noting also a number of Old Irish forms.(1)n. 1 e.g. “Ēre (dat. sg.), óchtar, and the superlative caīmum.” Máirín O'Daly, ‘On the origin of Tara’, Celtica 5 (1960): 186–187.
Form
verse (primary)
prose (secondary)

Verse, with prose introduction.

Number of stanzas
12

Classification

Early Irish poetry

Subjects

Temair
Temair ... Tara
County Meath

Sources

Notes

e.g. “Ēre (dat. sg.), óchtar, and the superlative caīmum.” Máirín O'Daly, ‘On the origin of Tara’, Celtica 5 (1960): 186–187.

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.] O Daly, Máirín [ed. and tr.], “On the origin of Tara”, Celtica 5 (1960): 186–191.
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