Aided Chrimthaind maic Fhidaig ⁊ trí mac Echach Muigmedóin‘The violent death of Crimthann mac Fidaig and of the three sons of Eochaid Muigmedón’
- Middle Irish
- Cycles of the Kings, Aideda
A Middle Irish prosimetric saga about the infighting between the sons of Eochaid Mugmedón in their struggle for dominance, the roles of Mongfhind (mother of four of them) and her brother Crimthann in this conflict, and the fates of Brían, Fíachra, Ailill and their sons.
- Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1318 cols 573–958 = section of the Yellow Book of Lecan [s. xivex/xvin]cols 898–906
- Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 P 12 (536) = Book of Ballymote (Leabhar Bhaile an Mhóta) [1384 x 1406]pp. 263(145r)b–264(145v)b.i
- Middle Irish
- Ó Corráin (1986) has posited that the tale was composed in the 12th century, during the reign of Toirdelbach Úa Conchobair (r. 1106-d. 1156), whose royal claims it seems to favour over those of rival dynasties. He argues that it is one of a number of texts that form “part of the work-book of the scholars attached to Tairrdelbach Ua Conchobair” (p. 146). Dillon, in an earlier work, suggests that the prose “belongs perhaps to the eleventh century”, while the poems quoted are “earlier in language than the prose” (Dillon 1946: 30).
A brief prose passage found in the Book of Leinster, which summarises events in the power struggles between Brían, Fíachra and Ailill, sons of Eochaid Mugmédon, including the poisoning of Crimthann mac Fidaig, king of Ireland, by his sister Mongfhind. The text highlights some of the place-names in that story. Because the manuscript page is worn at the right edge, the text is now partly illegible.
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