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Táin bó Fraích‘The raid of Fráech’s cattle’

  • Old Irish
  • Ulster Cycle, remscéla to Táin bó Cúailnge

Classification

Ulster Cycle
 remscéla to Táin bó Cúailnge

Subject tags

Ailill mac MátaAilill mac Máta (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – king of Connacht, husband of Medb of Connacht
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Conall CernachConall Cernach (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – warrior of the Ulaid in the Ulster Cycle; son of Amergin and Findchóem
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FindabairFindabair
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FráechFráech / Fróech / Fráech mac Fidaig – Fráech mac Fidaig or Fráech mac Idaith; eponymous hero of Táin bó Fraích
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Medb ChrúachnaMedb Crúachna / Medb of Crúachan / Medb of Connacht (ass. time-frame: Subject:Ulster Cycle) – Queen of the Connachta, co-ruler with her husband Ailill mac Máta, in the Ulster Cycle. She is said to have a daughter, Findabair, and seven sons known as the seven Maines. Her lover is Fergus mac Róich.
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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.] [tr.] Meid, Wolfgang, The romance of Froech and Findabair, or, The driving of Froech's cattle: Táin bó Froích, ed. Albert Bock, Benjamin Bruch and Aaron Griffith, Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft, Neue Folge 10, Innsbruck: Institut für Sprachen und Literaturen der Universität Innsbruck, 2015.
Based on all manuscripts.
[ed.] [tr.] Meid, Wolfgang [ed. and tr.], Die Romanze von Froech und Findabair: Táin Bó Froích, Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft, Sonderheft 30, Innsbruck: Innsbrucker Gesellschaft zur Pflege der Geisteswissenschaften, 1970.
Original, German-language version. Based on all manuscripts.
[ed.] Meid, Wolfgang [ed.], “The Yellow Book of Lecan version of Táin Bó Fraích”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 36 (1978): 83–95.
YBL version.
[ed.] Meid, Wolfgang [ed.], Táin bó Fraích, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series 22, 2nd ed. (1967), Dublin, 1974.
CELT – edition: <link>
LL version.
[ed.] Byrne, Mary E., and Myles Dillon (eds.), Táin bó Fraích, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series 5, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1933.
Internet Archive: <link>
Superseded by Meid (1974).
[ed.] [tr.] Anderson, Alan O., “Táin bó Fráich”, Revue Celtique 24 (1903): 127–154.
Internet Archive: <link>
Edinburgh version.
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften. V. Aus Egerton 1782. Táin Bó Fráich”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 4 (1903): 32–47.
Internet Archive: <link>
From Egerton 1782.
[ed.] [tr.] Crowe, J. O'Beirne [ed. and tr.], “Tain bó Fraich”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Irish MSS series, 1:1 (1870): 134–171.
Internet Archive: <link>
LL version.
[tr.] Gantz, Jeffrey [tr.], Early Irish myths and sagas, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981.
113–126
[tr.] Leahy, A. H. [tr.], Heroic romances of Ireland, 2 vols, Irish Saga Library 2, London, 1905–1906.
Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2: <link> Internet Archive – vols 1-2 (Google Books): <link> Internet Archive – Gutenberg (plain text): <link>
vol. 2: 7–67
[tr.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [tr.], “Fraechs Werbung um Finnabir”, in: Thurneysen, Rudolf [tr.], Sagen aus dem alten Irland, Berlin, 1901. 115–125.
CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
[tr.] Draak, Maartje, and Frida de Jong (trs.), Van helden, elfen en dichters: de oudste verhalen uit Ierland, Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1979.
72–84

Secondary sources (select)

Dumville, David N., “Ireland and Britain in Táin bó Fraích”, Études celtiques 32 (1996): 175–187.
Evans, Dewi Wyn, “The learned borrowings claimed for Táin bó Fraích”, in: Richter, Michael, and Jean-Michel Picard (eds.), Ogma: essays in Celtic studies in honour of Próinséas Ní Chatháin, Dublin: Four Courts, 2002. 182–194.
Herren, Michael, “The sighting of the host in Táin Bó Fraích and the Hisperica Famina”, Peritia 5 (1986): 397–399.
Meek, Donald E., “Táin bó Fraích and other ‘Fráech’ texts: a study in thematic relationships. Part I”, Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 7 (1984): 1–37.
Meek, Donald E., “Táin bó Fraích and other ‘Fráech’ texts: a study in thematic relationships. Part II”, Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 8 (1984): 65–85.
Meid, Wolfgang, “Die handschriftliche Überlieferung der Táin Bó Froích”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 30 (1967): 21–41.
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