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Serglige Con Culainn‘The wasting sickness of Cú Chulainn’

  • Old Irish
  • prose
  • Ulster Cycle
Author
Anonymous
Manuscripts
Language
  • Old Irish
  • Old Irish
Form
prose (primary)
verse (secondary)
Textual relationships
The text includes the wisdom-text Bríatharthecosc Con Culainn.

Classification

Ulster Cycle

Subject tags

Cú ChulainnCú Chulainn – Young Ulster hero and chief character of Táin bó Cuailnge and other tales of the Ulster Cycle; son of Súaltam or Lug and Deichtire (sister to Conchobor); husband of Emer (ingen Forgaill)
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Emer ingen ForgaillEmer ingen Forgaill / Emer (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – wife of Cú Chulainn in the Ulster Cycle of tales
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Manannán mac LirManannán mac Lir – mythological figure in Irish literature, typically associated with the sea
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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.] Dillon, Myles [ed.], Serglige Con Culainn, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series 14, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1953.
CELT – edition: <link>
Edition based on LU.
[ed.] Windisch, Ernst [ed.], Irische Texte mit Wörterbuch, 4 vols, vol. 1, Leipzig, 1880.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>
197–234, 325–330 [‘Cuchulainns Krankenlager und die einzige Eifersucht Emer’s’] Edition from LU, with introduction and notes.
[ed.] Dillon, Myles, “The Trinity College text of Serglige Con Culainn”, Scottish Gaelic Studies 6 (1949): 139–175.
[ed.] Dillon, Myles, “The Trinity College text of Serglige Con Culainn: corrigenda”, Scottish Gaelic Studies 7 (1953): 88.
[tr.] Gantz, Jeffrey [tr.], Early Irish myths and sagas, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981.
153–178.
[tr.] Dottin, Georges [tr.], “[Various contributions]”, in: d'Arbois de Jubainville, Marie-Henri, L’épopée celtique en Irlande, Cours de littérature celtique 5, Paris: Thorin, 1892. [Various].
Internet Archive: <link>
170–216
[tr.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [tr.], “Wie Culanns Hund krank lag”, in: Thurneysen, Rudolf [tr.], Sagen aus dem alten Irland, Berlin, 1901. 81–104.
CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Findon, Joanne, “Gender and power in Serglige Con Culainn and The only jealousy of Emer”, in: Tymoczko, Maria, and Colin Ireland (eds.), Language and tradition in Ireland: Continuities and displacements, Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003. 47–61.
Ó Cathasaigh, Tomás, “Reflections on Compert Conchobuir and Serglige Con Culainn”, in: Mallory, James P., and Gerard Stockman (eds.), Ulidia: proceedings of the First International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Belfast and Emain Macha, 8–12 April 1994, Belfast: December, 1994. 85–89.
Carey, John, “The uses of tradition in Serglige Con Culainn”, in: Mallory, James P., and Gerard Stockman (eds.), Ulidia: proceedings of the First International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Belfast and Emain Macha, 8–12 April 1994, Belfast: December, 1994. 77–84.
Contributors
Patrick Brown,Dennis Groenewegen
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