verse beg. Na trí Fothaid

  • Old Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, rhymeless Leinster poems
One of the rhymeless ‘Leinster poems’. The three Fothads, Find fer Umail, and Find Fili, king of Leinster, are said to descend from Núadu Necht.
Initial words (verse)
  • Na trí Fothaid
“The three Fothaid”
Ascribed to: Find Fili mac Rossa RúaidFind Fili mac Rossa Rúaid – legendary poet and king of Leinster; son of Russ Rúad
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Johan Corthals, ‘The rhymeless ‘Leinster poems’: diplomatic texts’, Celtica 24 (2003): 98 lists the following manuscript witnesses:

  • Old Irish
verse (primary)
Textual relationships


Early Irish poetry


Fothad CanannFothad Canann / Fothad Canainne – rival of Finn mac Cumaill; brother to Fothad Airgtech and Fothad Cairptech
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Fothad CairptechFothad CairptechNo short description available
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Fothad AirctechFothad AirctechNo short description available
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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.] Corthals, Johan [ed.], “The rhymeless ‘Leinster poems’: diplomatic texts”, Celtica 24 (2003): 79–100.
[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], Über die älteste irische Dichtung II. Rhythmische alliterierende reimlose Strophen, Berlin, 1914.
Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link>
[ed.] Campanile, Enrico, Die älteste Hofdichtung von Leinster: alliterierende reimlose Strophen, Sitzungsberichte der philosophisch-historischen Klasse 503, Veröffentlichungen der Keltischen Kommission 8, Vienna, 1988.
[ed.] O'Brien, M. A. [ed.], Corpus genealogiarum Hiberniae, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1962.  
comments: Reprinted in 1976 and 2005, with an introduction by J. V. Kelleher.
CELT – pp. 1–332 (Rawl. B 502): <link>
99 Rawlinson B 502 version
[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno, “Find mac Umaill”, Revue Celtique 32 (1911): 391–395.
Internet Archive: <link>
Dennis Groenewegen
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