Tochmarc Fe(i)rbe‘The wooing of Ferb’

  • Middle Irish
  • prose, prosimetrum
  • Ulster Cycle
Prosimetric tale from the Ulster Cycle
Tochmarc Fe(i)rbe
‘The wooing of Ferb’
The Middle Irish tale lists attest to the title Fís Conchobair (‘The vision of Conchobar’), which seemingly refers to at least a version of an episode in this tale.
  • Middle Irish
  • early Middle Irish
prose, prosimetrum (primary)


Ulster Cycle

Subject tags

The BadbThe Badb (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – name of a war-goddess, often in the appearance of an ominous crow (badb)
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CathbadCathbad (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – druid to Conchobar mac Nessa, king of Ulster, in the Ulster Cycle; husband of Ness and possible father of Conchobar mac Nessa.
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Conchobar mac NessaConchobar mac Nessa (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – king of the Ulaid in tales of the Ulster Cycle; son either of Cathbad or Fachtna Fáthach (father) and Ness (mother); husband of Mugain; father of Cormac Cond Longas, Cúscraid Mend Macha, Furbaide Fer Bend and Fedelm Noíchrothach; fosterfather of Cú Chulainn.
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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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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.] Shercliff, Rebecca, “A critical edition of Tochmarc Ferbe: with translation, textual notes and literary commentary”, unpublished PhD thesis: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, 2019.
[ed.] [tr.] Windisch, Ernst [ed. and tr.], “Tochmarc Ferbe”, in: Windisch, Ernst, and Whitley Stokes (eds.), Irische Texte mit Wörterbuch, 4 vols, vol. 3:2, Leipzig, 1897. 445–556.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – German translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Edition from LL and Egerton 1782 (separately), both with a German translation
[ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, and M. A. O'Brien, The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, vol. 5, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1967.
CELT – pp. 1119-1192 and 1202-1325: <link>
1137–1161 Diplomatic edition of the LL text
[tr.] Leahy, A. H. [tr.], The courtship of Ferb: an old Irish romance transcribed in the twelfth century into the Book of Leinster, Irish Saga Library 1, New York, 1902.
Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Thurneysen, Rudolf, Die irische Helden- und Königsage bis zum siebzehnten Jahrhundert, Halle: Niemeyer, 1921.
Internet Archive: <link>
351–359 [‘Tochmarc Ferbe oder Fis Conchobair’]
Patrick Brown,Dennis Groenewegen
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