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Lebor gabála Érenn/2. De gabálaib Érenn

  • Lebor gabála Érenn
Second tract of Lebor gabála Érenn
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Classification

Lebor gabála Érenn
Contents

A. Introduction » entry

Description: An introduction to the tract De gabálaib Érenn. It lists the peoples who are said to have invaded Ireland before the Goídil, namely Cessair, Partholón, Nemed, the Fir Bolg, the Fir Domnann, the Gáiléoin and the Túatha Dé Danann. Their narratives are told in the course of the tract.

B. The Antediluvians » entry

Description: An account of the first people to set foot on Ireland before the Deluge, namely Banba or three certain fishermen from Spain.

C. Cesair » entry

Description: An account of the settlement of Ireland by Cesair, granddaughter of Noah, before the Flood.

D. Partholón » entry

Description: An account of the invasion of Ireland by Partholón and his sons (the first to be undertaken after the Flood), their struggles with the Fomoire and the bursting forth of seven new lakes.

E. Nemed (1): Gabáil Nemid » entry

Description: An account of the invasion of Ireland by Nemed and his sons (from Scythia), the bursting forth of four new lakes, their struggles with the Fomoire and Nemed’s death by plague.

E. Nemed (2): Togail Tuir Chonaind » entry

Description: An account of the fortunes of Nemed’s people after their leader’s death by plague, namely their revolt against the Fomoire, the siege of the Tower of Conand/Conaing and the dispersal of Nemed’s people.

F. Fir Bolg (1): Gabáil Fer mBolg » entry

Description: An account of the taking of Ireland by the Fir Bolg, the Fir Domnann and the Gáiléoin; and the reign of the Fir Bolg under a succession of high-kings.

F. Fir Bolg (2): Immirgi Mac nÚmóir » entry

Description: An account of the flight of the Fir Bolg to a number of islands following their defeat in the battle of Mag Tuired; their expulsion by the Picts; and their return to Ireland with the aid of Ailill and Medb of Connacht.

G. Tuatha Dé Danann (1): Gabáil Tuath nDé » entry

Description: An account of the taking of Ireland by the Tuatha Dé Danann, from their previous whereabouts and first arrival in Ireland to the defeat of the Fir Bolg in the first battle of Mag Tuired.

G. Tuatha Dé Danann (2): Kings of the Tuatha Dé Danann » entry

Description: An account of the kings of the Tuatha Dé Danann, namely Nuadu, Lug, the Dagda, Delbaeth, Fíacha and the trio Mac Cuill, Mac Cécht and Mac Gréine; and their conflict with the Fomoire, culmimating in the second battle of Mag Tuired.

G. Tuatha Dé Danann (3): Genelach Tuath Dé » entry

Description: An enumeration of the deities of the Tuatha Dé Danann, their pedigrees and other items of interest.

H. The sons of Míl (1): The death of Íth » entry

Description: An account of the meeting between Íth mac Breogain and three kings of the Tuatha Dé Danann at Ailech Néit; and of Íth’s death in his attempt to arbritrate a dispute among the Tuatha Dé.

H. The sons of Míl (2): Gabáil Mac Míled » entry

Description: An account of the taking of Ireland by the sons of Míl. The first part or textual layer is concerned with Milesian history until the time when Ireland is divided between Érimón and Éber. The second enumerates the tuatha that spring from the sons of Míl.

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.] Macalister, R. A. S., Lebor gabála Érenn: The book of the taking of Ireland, 5 vols, Irish Texts Society 34, 35, 39, 41, 44, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 1932–1942.
Internet Archive – Vol. 1 (1938 ed.): <link> Internet Archive – Vol. 2 (1939 ed.): <link> Internet Archive – Vol. 3 (1940 ed.): <link> Internet Archive – Vol. 4 (1941 ed.): <link> Internet Archive – Vol. 5 (1956 ed.): <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Scowcroft, R. Mark, “Leabhar Gabhála. Part I: the growth of the text”, Ériu 38 (1987): 79–140.
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen
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