Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition: T302002

King Eochaid has horse's ears

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Kuno Meyer

Translated into English by Kuno Meyer

Electronic edition compiled by Beatrix Färber

Funded by University College, Cork, School of History

1. First draft.

Extent of text: 2255 words


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    Manuscript Source
  1. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, RIA D 4. 2, 15th century, scribe Eoghain Ó Hachoideirn, fo 52b1–53b2. For a manuscript description see the ISOS online catalogue at
    Literature, editions, translations
  1. Whitley Stokes, Mythological Notes: VII. Labraid Lorc and his Ears, Revue Celtique 2 (1870) 197–199 (from H 2 16, the Yellow Book of Lecan, col. 690, 691).
  2. Käte Müller-Lisowski, Irische Volksmärchen (Jena 1923) (German translation).
  3. Rudolf Thurneysen, 'Die Flöte von Mac Díchoeme', Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 19 (1932) 117–124. (Based on the second part of the manuscript).
  4. Tristano Bolelli (ed), 'La leggenda del re dalle orecchie di cavallo in Irlanda'. In: Due studi irlandesi. Preistoria della poesia irlandese. La leggenda del re dalle orecchie di cavallo in Irlanda. (Pisa 1950) 43–98. (Based on the stories 'Labraid Lorc and his ears' and 'King Eochaid has horse's ears). With Italian translation and glossary.
  5. Máirtín Ó Briain, 'Cluasa capaill ar an rí: AT 782 i dtraidisiún na hÉireann', Béaloideas 53 (1985) 11–74.
  6. Gaël Milin, Le roi Marc aux oreilles de cheval, vol. 197, Publications romanes et françaises (Geneva 1991).
  7. John Carey, 'From David to Labraid: sacral kingship and the emergence of monotheism in Israel and Ireland, in: Katja Ritari and Alexandra Bergholm (eds), Approaches to religion and mythology in Celtic studies. (Newcastle upon Tyne 2008) 2–27.
  8. Ralph O'Connor, Classical Literature and Learning in Medieval Irish Narrative (Woodbridge 2014).
  9. Otia Merseiana 3 is available on
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Kuno Meyer, Stories and songs from Irish manuscripts VII: King Eochaid has horse's ears in Otia Merseiana. volume 3, London, Th. Wohlleben (1903) page 50–54


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The electronic text covers pages 50–54. The Irish original is available in a separate file, G302002.

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Created: English translation by Kuno Meyer (1903)

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Language: [EN] The text is in English.
Language: [GA] Some text in a footnote is in Middle Irish.

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