Aided Derbforgaill‘The violent death of Derbforgaill’

  • Early Irish
  • prose, verse, prosimetrum
  • Ulster Cycle


Ulster Cycle
Ulster Cycle
id. 1797


Cú ChulainnCú Chulainn
Young Ulster hero and chief character of Táin bó Cuailnge and other tales of the Ulster Cycle; son of Súaltam or Lug and Deichtire (sister to Conchobor); husband of Emer (ingen Forgaill)
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Lugaid Ríab nDergLugaid Ríab nDerg (Reóderg)
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
legendary high-king of Ireland; said to have been born out of an incestuous relationship between the three Findemna (sons of Eochaid Feidlech) and their sister Clothru
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Derbforgaill [daughter of the king of Lochlann]Derbforgaill ... daughter of the king of Lochlann
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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Ingridsdotter, Kicki, “Aided Derbforgaill ‘The violent death of Derbforgaill’: a critical edition with introduction, translation and textual notes”, PhD dissertation, Uppsala University, 2009. http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?searchId=2&pid=diva2:213892.
[ed.] [tr.] Marstrander, Carl [ed. and tr.], “The deaths of Lugaid and Derbforgaill”, Ériu 5 (1911): 201–218.
CELT – edition: <link>
Edited from LL and variants.
[add.] Meyer, Kuno, “Addendum ad p. 208 sq.”, Ériu 5 (1911): 252.
[ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, and M. A. OʼBrien, The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, vol. 2, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1956. xi + pp. 261-470 + 2 pl.
CELT – pp. 400-470: <link>
463–466 direct link
[tr.] Ní Dhonnchadha, Máirín [ed.], “Gormlaith and her sisters, c. 750-1800”, in: Angela Bourke, Siobhán Kilfeather, and Maria Luddy [et al.] (eds), The Field Day anthology of Irish writing, vol. IV: Irish women's writing and traditions, Cork: Cork University Press, 2002. 166–249.
[tr.] Zimmer, Heinrich, “Keltische Beiträge I: Germanen, germanische Lehnwörter und germanische Sagenelemente in der alteste Überlieferung der irischen Heldensage”, Zeitschrift für deutsches Alterthum und deutsche Litteratur 32 (1888): 196–334.
Digizeitschriften.de: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
217–219. Translation of the prose in LL.

Secondary sources (select)

Thurneysen, Rudolf, Die irische Helden- und Königsage bis zum siebzehnten Jahrhundert, Halle: Niemeyer, 1921.  
comments: Part 1 (chapters 1-23): Allgemeines; Part 2 (chapters 1-85): Die Ulter Sage
Internet Archive: <link>
Dennis Groenewegen, Patrick Brown
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