Introduction to the Táin bó Cúailnge

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Introduction to the Táin bó Cúailnge

Introduction to the Táin bó Cúailnge

  • prose
  • Táin bó Cúailnge
Title
Introduction to the Táin bó Cúailnge
This is the first episode of Recension I, described in its concluding statement as being ‘the introductory part’ (titulrad) of the Táin. It is the second one in Recension II, after the story of the pillow-talk between Medb and Ailill, although in the final note, it appears to be distinguished from that preface as being more intrinsically part of the Táin proper (tairngire ⁊ remfástini ⁊ cendphairt in sceóil ⁊ fotha a fagbála ⁊ a dénma, ⁊ comrád chind cherchaille doringni Ailill ⁊ Medb i Crúachain connice sain, translated by O’Rahilly as “prophecy and augury, and the prelude to the tale, [and] the basis of its invention and composition, and the pillow-talk held by Ailill and Medb in Crúachu”).
n. 1 See Abigail Burnyeat, ‘Córugud and compilatio in some manuscripts of Táin bó Cúailnge’ in Ulidia 2... (2009).
Initial words (prose)
  • Táin bó Cúailnge inso sís
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Context(s)
The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.
Manuscripts
Recension I
Recension II
Form
prose (primary)
verse (secondary)
Contains poems
Atchíu fer find firfes cles’ » Fedelm’s prophecy. This poem occurs in both recensions.
Textual relationships
For the prefatory matter in Recension II, see Comrád chindcherchailli (‘The pillow-talk’) . Both recensions continue with In scél iar n-urd (‘The story in due order’).

Classification

Táin bó Cúailnge
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Notes

See Abigail Burnyeat, ‘Córugud and compilatio in some manuscripts of Táin bó Cúailnge’ in Ulidia 2... (2009).

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 the entry for the relevant manuscript.

See Táin bó Cúailnge for a fuller list
[ed.] [tr.] O'Rahilly, Cecile [ed. and tr.], Táin bó Cúailnge: Recension I, Dublin: DIAS, 1976.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link>
Lines 1–134 Recension I.
[ed.] [tr.] O'Rahilly, Cecile [ed. and tr.], Táin bó Cúalnge: from the Book of Leinster, Irish Texts Society 49, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1967.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link>
Lines 147–296 Recension II in LL.

Queried results

if available
O'Rahilly, Cecile [ed. and tr.], Táin bó Cúailnge: Recension I, Dublin: DIAS, 1976.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link>
O'Rahilly, Cecile [ed. and tr.], Táin bó Cúalnge: from the Book of Leinster, Irish Texts Society 49, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1967.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link>

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