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Aided Muirchertaig Meic Erca

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Lil Nic Dhonnchadha

Electronic edition compiled by the CELT Team

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

2. Second draft.

Extent of text: 11850 words


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Text ID Number: G302026

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    Manuscript sources
  1. Trinity College Dublin, MS 1318 (H.2.16), The Yellow Book of Lecan, a vellum of the end of the fourteenth century, cols. 310–220 (Facs. pp. 313b–318b). A gap of fourteen lines is at the foot of col. 317 and a gap of twenty–one lines at the top of col. 318.
  2. Trinity College Dublin, MS 1298 (H.2.7), pp. 248–254.
  1. Whitley Stokes, Aided Muirchertaig Meic Erca, Revue Celtique 23 (1902) 395–437.
  1. A. A. Smirnov, 'Smert korolya Muirkhertakha, syna Erc', Irlandskie sagi. (Moscow-Leningrad 1929).
  2. Christian J. Guyonvarc'h, 'La Mort de Muirchertach, fils d'Erc' [French], Annales Économies, Sociétés, Civilisations, 38.5 (1983) 985–1015, esp. 992–1015.
    Secondary literature
  1. Whitley Stokes, 'The Death of Muirchertach mac Erca', Revue Celtique 24 (1903) 349.
  2. Whitley Stokes, 'On the Deaths of some Irish Heroes', Revue Celtique, 23 (1902) 303–348: 339.
  3. A. A. Smirnov, 'Irlandskaya saga o smerti korolya Muirkhertakha, syna Erc', Zapiski neophilologicheskogo obschestva. (Peterburg 1914).
  4. Alwyn and Brinley Rees, Celtic Heritage: Ancient Tradition in Ireland and Wales. London 1961, 338–40.
  5. Brian Ó Cuív, [Review of Lil Nic Dhonnchadha] Éigse 11 (1964/66) pt. 2 (1965) 146–150.
  6. Francis John Byrne, Irish Kings and High-Kings. London 1973, 103–104.
  7. Máire Bhreatnach, 'The Sovereignty Goddess as Goddess of Death', Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie 39 (1982) 243–260.
  8. Joan Newlon Radner, 'The Significance of the Threefold Death in Celtic Tradition', in Cyril Byrne et al.(eds.), Celtic Languages and Celtic Peoples: Proceedings of the Second North American Congress of Celtic Studies, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1992, 65–82.
  9. Máire Herbert, 'The Death of Muirchertach Mac Erca: a Twelfth-Century tale', in Meijerbergs Arkiv for Svensk ordforskning. Celts and Vikings. Proceedings of the Fourth Symposium of Societas Celtologica Nordica. Göteborg 1997, no. 20, 27–40.
  10. Tatyana Mikhailova, 'Znameniya smerti v kel'tskoi epicheskoi i fol'klornoi tradicii', in Predstavleniya o smerti i lokalizaciya Inogo mira y drevnih kel'tov i germancev. Moscow 2002, 253–325.
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Aided Muirchertaig Meic Erca. Lil Nic Dhonnchadha (ed), First edition [xxi + 73 pp. vii Abbreviations, ix–xxi Introduction, 1–35 Text, 36–40 Variant Readings from H, 41–68 Vocabulary, 69–73 Indexes of Persons/Places.] Dublin Institute for Advanced StudiesDublin (1964) . Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series. , No. 19


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The present text represents pages 1–73 of the edited text. In this edition the text is from Y except where H is used from end of Section 37 to section 44. This part of the text is omitted in Y, with a space of fourteen lines at the foot of col. 317 and of twenty-one lines at the top of col. 318.

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


Direct speech is tagged q, except where it cannot be nested within/outside the apparatus, in which case it is rendered '.


The electronic text represents the editted text. The letter h prefixed to nouns and nasalising consonants in anlaut is not hyphenated off. Nor are emphazising particles. Italicised letters indicating expansions are tagged ex. Letters supplied in square brackets by the editor to normalize the spelling are tagged sup resp="LD".


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


Names of persons (given names), places and groups are not tagged. Poems and passages of rhetoric speech are treated as embedded texts, with speakers marked. Foliation is marked mls unit="MS folio" n="nn". Notes by the editor are tagged note type="auth" n=""; Latin phrases are tagged frn lang="la".

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Created: By unknown author(s). The story belongs to the late Middle Irish period. Date range: A scribal note in Y makes the date of writing A.D. 1399. H is probably a 15th century MS..

Use of language

Language: [GA] The text is in late Middle Irish.
Language: [LA] Some words and phrases in Latin.
Language: [EN] The witness list is in English.

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