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Introduction to the Dinnshenchas Érenn

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Medieval Irish literature, Dinnshenchas Érenn, Irish legendary history, Medieval Irish literature about poets
Introduction to the Dinnshenchas Érenn. It is in the form of a short story which asserts that the collection was composed by Amairgen mac Amalgada, poet of Diarmait mac Cerbaill (d. 565), high-king of Ireland. When the men of Ireland were convened at Tara, the poet fasted on Fintan mac Bóchra (a survivor of the Flood, according to other tales) for three days and nights, so that the latter would reveal his knowledge of the notable places of Ireland.
Initial words (prose)
  • Senchas dind Érend inso
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Language
  • Middle Irish
  • Middle Irish (?)

Form
prose (primary)

Classification

Medieval Irish literature Dinnshenchas Érenn Irish legendary history Medieval Irish literature about poets

Subject tags

Díarmait mac CerbaillDíarmait mac Cerbaill (supp. d. 565) – high-king of Ireland
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Amairgen mac AmalgadaAmairgen mac Amalgada (supp. fl. 6th century) – legendary poet of Díarmait mac Cerbaill
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Fintan mac BóchraFintan mac Bóchra (ass. time-frame: Universal history) – A figure of medieval Irish tradition who survives the Flood and lives to give eye-witness accounts of the history of Ireland
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 Tara

Sources

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.] Stokes, Whitley, “The prose tales in the Rennes dindshenchas”, Revue Celtique 15 (1894): 272–336, 418–484.  
An edition and translation of the prose texts in the Dinnshenchas Érenn as they occur in Rennes, Bibliothèque de Rennes Métropole, MS 598. Missing texts are supplied from the Book of Lecan version.
TLH – edition (I, pp. 277-336): <link> TLH – translation (I): <link> TLH – edition (II, pp. 418-484): <link> TLH – translation (II): <link> Celtic Digital Initiative: <link> Internet Archive – 272–336: <link> Internet Archive – 272–336: <link> Internet Archive – 418–484: <link> Internet Archive – 418–484: <link>
277–279 [id. 0. ‘x’]
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The Bodleian dinnshenchas”, Folk-Lore 3 (1892): 467–516.
TLH – edition: <link> TLH – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
469 [id. 0. ‘Sencas Dinn Erinn’]
[ed.] [tr.] Petrie, George, and John O'Donovan [collaborator], “On the history and antiquities of Tara Hill”, Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy 18 (1839): 25–232.
Internet Archive: <link>
129–130 direct link

Secondary sources (select)

Thurneysen, Rudolf, Die irische Helden- und Königsage bis zum siebzehnten Jahrhundert, Halle: Niemeyer, 1921.  
comments: Part 1 (chapters 1-23): Allgemeines; Part 2 (chapters 1-85): Die Ulter Sage
Internet Archive: <link>
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