verse beg. Ní accus bith na mbéo

  • Early Irish
  • verse, rosc
  • Early Irish poetry, Mythological Cycle
A phophetic rosc attributed to the Morrígan about the unhappy end of the world. It occurs at the very end of the Middle Irish text Cath Maige Tuired, following a rosc attributed to the same deity about wealth and prosperity.
Initial words (verse)
  • Ní accus bith na mbéo
Context(s)The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.
Speaker: The Morrígan
Ascribed to: The MorríganThe Morrígan (ass. time-frame: Túatha Dé Danann, Ulster Cycle) – deity or supernatural figure in medieval Irish literature, frequently associated with war and destruction; she sometimes appears as part of a triad with Macha and the Badb; also associated with Nemain.
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attributed to the Morrígan
  • Early Irish
verse, rosc (primary)
prose (secondary)


Early Irish poetry Mythological Cycle


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.] Carey, John, “Myth and mythography in Cath Maige Tuired”, Studia Celtica 24–25 (1989–1990): 53–69.
66–69 Diplomatic and critical edition, with translation
[ed.] [tr.] Gray, Elizabeth A., Cath Maige Tuired: The second battle of Mag Tuired, Irish Texts Society 52, Kildare: Irish Texts Society, 1982.  
comments: Edition, with translation, introduction, notes and indexes, of the tale Cath Maige Tuired
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link>
72–73 [id. 166.] Text, with a partial English translation
[ed.] Thurneysen, Rudolf, “Zu irischen Texten”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 12 (1918): 398–407.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
406 Text

Secondary sources (select)

Carey, John, “Myth and mythography in Cath Maige Tuired”, Studia Celtica 24–25 (1989–1990): 53–69.
Dennis Groenewegen
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