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The Chase of Síd na mBan Finn and the Death of Finn

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Kuno Meyer

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    Manuscript sources for the Irish text
  1. London, British Library, Egerton 1782, fo. 20b1–24a2. (The manuscript dates from the 16th century (c. 1517); 125 folios; origin (for the most part) Cluain Plocáin, the Ó Maol Chonaire family home in Co. Roscommon; four scribes, namely, a son of Seaán (mac Torna) Ó Maol Chonaire, his brother Iarnán, and two others; patron Art Buidhe Mac Murchadha Caomhánach.) For details see BL Catalogue ii 259–98.
    Editions and translations
  1. John O'Daly, Seilg Sléibhe na mBan. The Chase of Slieve na mBan, in: Laoithe Fiannuigheachta; or, Fenian Poems. Second Series, Transcactions of the Ossianic Society, volume 6, 126–131 (poem).
  2. W. J. Watson, review of Meyer's edition, The Celtic Review, 7/25 (Feb. 1911) 95–96.
  1. Ernst Windisch, L'ancienne légende irlandaise et les poésies ossianiques. Trad. E. Ernault, Revue Celtique 5 (1881) 70–93.
  2. Heinrich Zimmer, Anzeige von 'Essai d'un Catalogue de la littérature epique d'Irlande', Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen (1887) 169–175; 184–193.
  3. Henri d'Arbois de Jubainville, La littérature ancienne de l'Irlande et l'Ossian de Mac-Pherson, Bibl. de l'École des Chartes 41 (1888) 475–487.
  4. Alfred Nutt, A new theory of the Ossianic Saga, Academy 39 (1891) 161–163; 235.
  5. Heinrich Zimmer, Ossin und Oskar. Ein weiteres Zeugnis für den Ursprung der irisch-gälischen Finn (-Ossian-) Sage in der Vikingerzeit, Zeitschrift für deutsches Alterthum 35 (1891) 1–176.
  6. George Henderson, The Fionn Saga, Celtic Review 1–3 (1904–1906).
  7. Edmund Curtis, Age and Origin of the Fenian tales, Ivernian Society Journal 1 (1909) 159–168.
  8. Kuno Meyer, Fianaigecht [Introduction]. Todd Lecture Series 16 (Dublin 1910).
  9. F. Mezger, Finn mac Cumaill und Fingal bis zum 17. Jahrhundert, American Journal of Philology 48 (1929) 361–367.
  10. R. D. Scott, The Thumb of Knowledge in legends of Finn, Sigurd and Taliesin. Studies in Celtic and French literature (New York 1930).
  11. R. Th. Christiansen, The Vikings and the Viking wars in Irish and Gaelic tradition (Skrifter Utgiff av det Norske Videnskaps. Akad. i Oslo II. Hist.-Filos. Kl., 1930, no. 1) (Oslo 1931).
  12. Roger Chauviré (tr.), Contes ossianiques (Paris 1949).
  13. Josef Weisweiler, Die Kultur der irischen Heldensage, Paideuma 4 (1950) 149–170.
  14. Josef Weisweiler, Vorindogermaische Schichten der irischen Heldensage, Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie 24 (1954) 10–55; 165–197.
  15. Gerard Murphy, Duanaire Finn. The Book of the lays of Fionn, part 3. Dublin 1953 (=ITS volume 43.)
  16. Gerard Murphy, The Ossianic lore and romantic tales of medieval Ireland (Dublin 1955; reprinted 1961; reprinted Cork, Mercier Press, 1971 with revisions.)
  17. Josef Weisweiler, Hintergrund und Herkunft der ossianischen Dichtung, Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch 4 (1963) 21–42.
  18. Seán Mac Giolla Riabhaigh, 'Ní bía mar do bá.' Scrúdú téamúil ar na laoithe Fiannaíochta, Irisleabhar Mhá Nuad 1970, 52–63.
  19. James MacKillop, Fionn mac Cumhaill: Celtic Myth in English Literature. Syracuse 1986. [With useful, well-structured bibliography on pp. 197–249].
  20. Daithí Ó hÓgáin, Fionn Mac Cumhaill: Images of a Gaelic Hero. Dublin 1988.
  21. Máirtín Ó Briain, Review of Ó hÓgáin, Bealoideas 57 (1989) 174–183.
  22. Donald E. Meek, Review of Ó hÓgáin, Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 22 (Winter 1991) 101–103.
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Kuno Meyer, The Chase of Síd na mBan Finn and the Death of Finn in Fianaigecht. , Dublin, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (1910) (1937) (1993) page 52–96


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Created: By an Irish scribe at Poulmonty, Co. Carlow; the material itself is older. (1419)

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Language: [GA] The text is in Early Modern Irish.
Language: [LA] A few formulaic words are in Latin.
Language: [EN] English appears in the editor's notes.

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