Texts

Tochmarc Becfola‘The wooing of Becfola’

  • Early Middle Irish, Late Middle Irish, Early Modern Irish
  • Cycles of the Kings
Manuscripts
Language
  • Early Middle Irish Late Middle Irish Early Modern Irish
  • (1) early Middle Irish; (2) late Middle Irish or Early Modern Irish
Date
(1) On linguistic grounds, the earliest version has been dated to some time before 1000, while the original date of composition may be about a century earlier (late 9th or early 10th century).(1)n. 1 Máire Bhreathnach, ‘A new edition of Tochmarc Becfhola’, Ériu 35 (1984): 68–70.
(2) The later version may be dated to the end of the 12th century.(2)n. 2 Máire Bhreathnach, ‘A new edition of Tochmarc Becfhola’, Ériu 35 (1984): 71.

Classification

Cycles of the Kings

Subjects

BecfholaBecfhola
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Mo Laisse of DevenishMo Laisse of Devenish – Mo Laisse mac Nad Froích
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Sources

Notes

Máire Bhreathnach, ‘A new edition of Tochmarc Becfhola’, Ériu 35 (1984): 68–70.
Máire Bhreathnach, ‘A new edition of Tochmarc Becfhola’, Ériu 35 (1984): 71.

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.] Bhreathnach, Máire [ed. and tr.], “A new edition of Tochmarc Becfhola”, Ériu 35 (1984): 59–91.
Both recensions.
[ed.] [tr.] O'Grady, Standish Hayes, Silva Gadelica, 2 vols, London: Williams & Norgate, 1892.
Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 1 (originally from Google): <link>, <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2 (originally from Google): <link>, <link>
Vol. 1: 85–87; vol. 2: 91–93. Later version from Egerton 1781
[ed.] Dillon, Myles, “The Wooing of Becfhola and the stories of Cano, son of Gartnán”, Modern Philology 43:1 — Studies in honor of Tom Peete Cross (August, 1945): 11–17.
English translation, with some discussion.
[ed.] [tr.] O'Looney, Brian [ed. and tr.], “Tochmarc Bec-fola”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Irish MSS series, 1:1 (1870): 172–202.
Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Whitfield, Niamh, “Dress and accessories in the early Irish tale ‘The Wooing Of Becfhola’”, in: Netherton, Robin, and Gale R. Owen-Crocker (eds.), Medieval clothing and textiles 2, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2006. 1–34.
Carey, John, “Otherworlds and verbal worlds in Middle Irish narrative”, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 9 (1990): 31–42.
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