Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition: G303018

The Finn episode from Gilla in Chomded húa Cormaic's poem "A Rí richid, réidig dam"

Author: Gilla in Chomded húa Cormaic

Background details and bibliographic information

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Kuno Meyer

Electronic edition compiled by Beatrix Färber Proof corrections by Beatrix Färber

Funded by the HEA via PRTLI 4

1. First draft, revised and corrected.

Extent of text: 1750 words


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Text ID Number: G303018

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    Manuscript sources
  1. Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS 1339 (H 2. 18, Book of Leinster), p. 144b (p. 143a–145a for the whole poem). For details see T. K. Abbott and E. J. Gwynn (eds.) Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College Dublin (Dublin 1921) 158–161.
    Editions and translations
  1. Edition: Best and O'Brien, LL vol. 3 (G800011C). Earlier, Meyer had edited and translated this portion of the poem in 1910, numbering the stanzas 1–28. In the CELT edition, pp.583–586 of G800011C, they are numbered 73–100 (the printed edition has no numbering).
  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. Roger Chauviré (tr.), Contes ossianiques (Paris 1949).
  12. Josef Weisweiler, Die Kultur der irischen Heldensage, Paideuma 4 (1950) 149–170.
  13. Gerard Murphy, Duanaire Finn. The Book of the lays of Fionn, part 3. Dublin 1953 (=ITS volume 43.)
  14. Gerard Murphy, The Ossianic lore and romantic tales of medieval Ireland (Dublin 1955; reprinted 1961; reprinted Cork, Mercier Press, 1971 with revisions.)
  15. Josef Weisweiler, Hintergrund und Herkunft der ossianischen Dichtung, Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch 4 (1963) 21–42.
  16. David Krause, The hidden Oisín, Studia Hibernica 6 (1966) 7–24.
  17. Seán Mac Giolla Riabhaigh, 'Ní bía mar do bá.' Scrúdú téamúil ar na laoithe Fiannaíochta, Irisleabhar Mhá Nuad (1970) 52–63.
  18. James MacKillop, Fionn mac Cumhaill: Celtic Myth in English Literature. Syracuse 1986. [With useful, well-structured bibliography on pp. 197–249].
  19. Daithí Ó hÓgáin, Fionn Mac Cumhaill: Images of a Gaelic Hero. Dublin 1988.
  20. Máirtín Ó Briain, Review of Ó hÓgáin, Bealoideas 57 (1989) 174–183.
  21. 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 Finn episode from Gilla in Chomded húa Cormaic's poem "A Rí richid, réidig dam" in Fianaigecht. , Dublin, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (1910) (1937) (1993) page 46–50


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Sampling Declaration

The electronic text covers even pages 46–50. Meyer's English translation is available in a separate file, T303018.

Editorial Declaration


Text has been proof-read twice.


The electronic text represents the edited text. Meyer's text is nearly the same as that given in Best and O'Brien's edition of the Book of Leinster, but his editorial practice differs slightly. This provides an instructive comparison regarding length-marks, expansions, punctuation, capitalization, hyphenation, and Meyer's emendations. Editorial corrections are integrated into the markup using corr sic="" resp="KM".



When a hyphenated word (hard or soft) crosses a page-break, the page-break is marked after the completion of the hyphenated word (and punctuation).


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Profile Description

Created: By Irish scribes in monastic scriptoria. Date range: 1150–1190.

Use of language

Language: [GA] The text is in Middle Irish.
Language: [EN] A word in English appears in the annotations.

Revision History