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Togail Bruidne Da Derga

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Eleanor Knott

Electronic edition compiled by Maxim Fomin, Beatrix Färber, Philip Irwin

Funded by University College, Cork and
Professor Marianne McDonald via the CELT Project; formerly CURIA

2. Second draft, revised.

Extent of text: 27650 words


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    Manuscript sources
  1. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, Lebor na hUidre, p. 83a–99a.
  2. Dublin, Trinity College Library, Yellow Book of Lecan, col. 716–739 (facs. p. 91a–104).
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  6. London, British Library, Additional 33993, f. 4r–5v (beginning only).
  7. Dublin, Trinity College Library, H 2 17, p. 477a–482b.
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  1. Whitley Stokes, The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel, Paris 1902. [From LU. Reprinted from Revue Celtique 22 (1901) 9–61; 165–215; 282–329; 390–437; 23 (1902) 88]. With Engl. translation.
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  1. Whitley Stokes, The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel, Paris 1902, from LU [Reprinted from Revue Celtique 22 (1901) 9–61; 165–215; 282–329; 390–437; XXIII (1902) 88] (English). Online at and
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    Secondary literature and reviews
  1. Heinrich Zimmer, Keltische studien V. Über den compilatorischen charakter der irischen sagentexte im sogenannten Lebor na hUidre. 3. Orgain Brudne dá Dergae, Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung (Kuhn's Zeitschrift) 28 (1887) 554–585.
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  7. Lucius Gwynn, 'The recensions of the saga Togail Bruidne Dá Derga', Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie 10 (1914) 209–22.
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  19. Máire West, 'Leabhar na hUidre's position in the manuscript history of Togail Bruidne Da Derga and Orgain Brudne Uí Dergae', Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 20 (1990) 61–98.
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  27. Jacqueline Borsje, Approaching Danger: Togail Bruidne da Derga and the motif of being one-eyed. In: CSANA Yearbook 2: Identifying the Celtic, 75–99. Joseph Falaky Nagy (ed.). Dublin and Portland/Oregon 2002.
  28. Amy C. Eichorn-Mulligan, Togail Bruidne da Derga and the Anatomy of Politics, CMCS 49 (Summer 2005) 1–19.
  29. Ralph O'Connor, 'Prophecy, Storytelling and the Otherworld in Togail Bruidne Da Derga', in: Katja Ritari and Alexandra Bergholm (eds.), Approaches to Religion and Mythology in Celtic Studies (Newcastle 2008) 55–68.
  30. Ralph O'Connor, The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel: Kingship and Narrative Artistry in a Mediaeval Irish Saga (Oxford 2013).
  31. Ralph O'Connor, 'Compilation as Creative Artistry: A Reassessment of 'Narrative Inconsistency' in Togail Bruidne Da Derga', Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 65 (Summer 2013).
    The editions used in the digital edition
  1. Togail Bruidne Da Derga. Eleanor Knott (ed), First edition [xxiv + 154 pp. vii Contents, ix–xv Preface, xvi–xxiv Grammatical Introduction, 1–46 Text, 47–69 Variants from RIA D IV 2, 69 Abbreviated Titles, 71–95 Notes, 97–149 Glossary, 150–154 Indexes.] Dublin Institute for Advanced StudiesDublin (1936) (reprinted 1963) (reprinted 1975) . Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series. , No. 8


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The present text represents pp. 1–46 of the edited text, and has variants from pp. 49–69. The paragraph numbering follows Stokes's edition. Paragraphs 112–125, 149–153, 160–161, 163–4 have been incorporated from LU.

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Text has been checked and proofread four times. All corrections and supplied text are tagged.


The electronic text represents the printed text, with accents added by Eleanor Knott, and contractions silently expanded. F/f and S/s with overdot indicating lenition have been rendered F/f, S/s. Instances of n and m with overdot representing nasalisation have been rendered n, m. H prefixed to nouns has been hyphenated off. Nasalising consonants prefixed to anlaut consonants have been hyphenated off. Italicised letters have been regarded as expansions and tagged ex. The abbreviation for 'immurgu' was expanded. First letters starting sentences in the paragraphs incorporated from LU have been capitalised. These paragraphs have been rendered add source="LU" n="".


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


div0=the saga; div1=the section (as in Stokes' edition). Page breaks are marked pb n=""; and line breaks lb n="". Poems are treated as embedded texts; line groups are numbered.


Names of persons (given names), places and group names are tagged. Quotes have been rendered Q. Poems and passages of rhetoric speech have been treated as embedded texts. Foliation has been marked up using mls unit="folio" n="".

Canonical References

This text uses the DIV1 element to represent the section.

Profile Description

Created: By one or more unknown author(s). The story belongs to the Old Irish period. Date range: c.600–900.

Use of language

Language: [GA] The text is in Old Irish
Language: [LA] One word is in Latin.
Language: [EN] The witness List is in English.

Revision History