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Cath Maige Tuired: The Second Battle of Mag Tuired

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Elizabeth A. Gray

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    Manuscript sources
  1. London, British Library, Harleian MS 5280, 63a-70b (Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the British Museum, by Robin Flower (London, 1926) vol. 2, 318-319).
    Editions (including reviews)
  1. Whitley Stokes, [Story of Goibniu the Smith at Moytura], in Three Irish Glossaries (London 1862) 32.
  2. Whitley Stokes, The Second Battle of Moytura, Revue Celtique 12 (1891) 52-130, 306-308.
  3. Rudolf Thurneysen, Zu irischen Texten [3. Cath Maige Turedh], Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie 12 (1918) 401-406.
  4. Vernam E. Hull, Cairpre mac Edaine's satire upon Bres mac Eladain, Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie 18 (1929) 63-69.
  5. Brian Ó Cuív, Cath Muighe Tuireadh. The Second Battle of Magh Tuireadh (Dublin: DIAS 1945).
  6. Brian Ó Cuív, Lugh Lámhfhada and the death of Balar ua Néid, Celtica 2 (1954, pt.1 1952) 64-66.
  7. Elizabeth A. Gray, Cath Maige Tuired: The Second Battle of Mag Tuired (Irish Texts Society 1982). With English translation.
  8. Review of above: Fergus Kelly, Celtica 17 (1985) 185-186.
  9. Review of above: E. G. Quinn, Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 9 (Summer 1985) 99-101.
  1. John O'Donovan, [translation: Story of Goibniu the Smith in Moytura], in Sanas Chormaic, ed. W. Stokes (Calcutta 1868) 123f.
  2. Henri d'Arbois de Jubainville, Une légende irlandaise en Bretagne. [The episode of Lug Samildánach], Revue Celtique 7 (1886) 230-33.
  3. Henri d'Arbois de Jubainville, Le dieu irlandais Lug et le thème gaulois Lugu, Revue Celtique 10 (1889) 238-43.
  4. Whitley Stokes, The Second Battle of Moytura, Revue Celtique 12 (1891) 52-130, 306-308.
  5. Henri d'Arbois de Jubainville, L'épopée celtique en Irlande (1892).
  6. Vernam E. Hull, Cairpre mac Edaine's satire upon Bres mac Eladain, Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie 18 (1929) 63-69.
  7. Gustav Lehmacher, 'Die zweite Schlacht von Mag Tured und die keltische Götterlehre', Anthropos 26 (1931) 435-459.
  8. Arzel Even, La Bataille de Mag Tured, Ogam 2-7 [n.s. vol. 2] (Sept. 1948-1950)
    Secondary literature
  1. Eugene O'Curry, Lectures on the Manuscript Materials of Ancient Irish History (Dublin 1861) 247-250.
  2. Sir William R. Wilde, On the Battle of Moytura, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 9 (1866) 545-550.
  3. Carl Marstrander, A New Version of the Battle of Mag Rath, Ériu 5 (1911) 227-231.
  4. Gustav Lehmacher, Die zweite Schlacht von Mag Tured und die keltische Götterlehre, Anthropos 26 (1931) 435-459.
  5. A. H. Krappe, Nuada à la main d'argent, Revue Celtique 49 (1932) 91-95.
  6. Mary M. Banks, Na Tri Mairt, the Three Marts and the Man with the Withy, Études Celtiques 3 (1938) 131-143.
  7. M. A. O'Brien, Varia, 5. Second Battle of Moytura, para. 132, Ériu 12 (1938) 239-240.
  8. Géorges Dumézil, Servius et la Fortune: essai sur la fonction sociale de louange et de blâme et sur les éléments indo-européens du cens romain (Paris: Gallimard 1943).
  9. S. Ó Catháin, [review] Studies 35 (1946) 124-5.
  10. Lugh [pseud.], [review] Ir. Eccles. Rec. 67 (1946) 69.
  11. Máirín O'Daly, [review] Ir. Hist. Stud. 5 (1946/47 (1947)) 89-91.
  12. Thomas F. O'Rahilly, Mag Tuired, in: Early Irish History and Mythology (Dublin: DIAS 1946) app. 4, 388-90.
  13. Arzel Even, Les Fomoire, Ogam 3 n.s. (1949) 10-14.
  14. Gerard Murphy, Notes on Cath Maige Tuired, Éigse 7 (1953/55, pt.3 1954) 191-198, 204.
  15. Brian Ó Cuív, Cath Maige Tuired, in: Irish sagas by Myles Dillon ([Dublin] 1959) no. 2, 24-37.
  16. Christian Guyonvarc'h, Le cró Logo ou 'enclos de Lug', enclos sacré ou parc à bétail? Ogam 13 (1961) 587-92.
  17. Jean Gricourt, L'"enclos" du dieu Lug, Latomus 20 (1961) 79-84.
  18. Elizabeth A. Gray, Cath Maige Tuired: Myth and Structure (1-24), Éigse 18 (1980/1) 183-209.
  19. Elizabeth A. Gray, Cath Maige Tuired: Myth and Structure (24-120), Éigse 19: part 1 (1982) 1-35.
  20. Elizabeth A. Gray, Cath Maige Tuired: Myth and Structure (84-93, 120-167), Éigse 19: part 2 (1983) 230-262.
  21. Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, Cath Maige Tuired as Exemplary Myth, in: Pádraig de Brún, S. Ó Coileáin, P. Ó Riain (eds.), Folia Gadelica: Essays Presented by Former Students to R. A. Breatnach, Cork 1983, 1-19.
  22. William Sayers, Bargaining for the Life of Bres in Cath Maige Tuired, Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 34 (1987) 26-40.
  23. Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, Three Notes on Cath Maige Tuired, Ériu 40 (1989) 61-68.
  24. Kim McCone, 'A Tale of Two Ditties: Poet and Satirist in Cath Maige Tuired', in: Donnchadh Ó Corráin, Liam Breatnach and Kim McCone (eds.), Sages, Saints and Storytellers. Celtic Studies in Honour of Professor James Carney, Maynooth Monographs 2. (Maynooth 1989) 122-143.
  25. John Carey, Myth and mythography in Cath Maige Tuired, Studia Celtica 24/25 (1989/90) 53-69.
  26. Caoimhín Breatnach, Oidheadh Chloinne Tuireann agus Cath Maige Tuired: Dhá Shampla de Mhiotas Eiseamláireach, Éigse 32 (2000) 35–46.
  27. Rebecca Blustein, 'Poets and Pillars in Cath Maige Tuired', in: Joseph Falaky Nagy (ed.), CSANA Yearbook 6: Myth in Celtic Literatures. (Dublin and Portland, Oregon 2007) 22-38.
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Cath Maige Tuired: The Second Battle of Mag Tuired. Elizabeth A. Gray (ed), First edition [One volume. 141 pp. Introduction 1-23, Text 24-72, Translation 25-73, Notes 74-114, Index to Notes 115f., Index of Persons 117-137, Index of Places 138-141.] Irish Texts SocietyKildare (1982) . Irish Texts Society [Cumann na Sgríbheann Gaedhilge]. , No. 52


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Created: By the Irish scribe Giolla Riabach Ó Cléirigh, based on earlier texts. (1512)

Use of language

Language: [GA] The text is in Middle Irish.
Language: [LA] A few words are in Latin.
Language: [EN] Witness list in the front matter is in English.

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