Orcuin Néill Noígíallaig‘The violent death of Níall Noígíallach’

  • Early Irish
  • prose, verse, prosimetrum
  • Cycles of the Kings, Aideda
Early Irish literary account of the death of Níall Noígíallach.
  • Early Irish
prose, verse, prosimetrum (primary)
Textual relationships
See also the shorter version in Aided Néill Noígíallaig, and a poetic version in the dinnshenchas poem Déiccid ferta níthaig Néill.


Cycles of the Kings

Subject tags

Níall NoígíallachNíall Noígíallach / Níall mac Echach Muigmedóin (supp. fl. 4th/5th century) – high-king of Ireland in early and medieval Irish tradition
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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.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Stories and songs from Irish manuscripts: V. How King Niall of the Nine Hostages was slain”, Otia Merseiana 2 (1900–1901): 84–92.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Edition based on Rawlinson B 502, with variants from YBL and BB.

Secondary sources (select)

Ní Mhaonaigh, Máire, “Níall Noígíallach’s death-tale”, in: Carey, John, Máire Herbert, and Kevin Murray (eds.), Cín Chille Cúile: texts, saints and places. Essays in honour of Pádraig Ó Riain, Celtic Studies Publications 9, Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2004. 178–191.
Dennis Groenewegen
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