Aided Muirchertaig meic Erca ‘The violent death of Muirchertach mac Erca’

  • Late Middle Irish
  • Cycles of the Kings
Modern ‘somewhat incorrect copy of part of the story’(1)n. 1 Lil Nic Dhonnchadha, Aided Muirchertaig meic Erca (1964): ix. by W. M. Hennessy.


Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
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threefold deathyet to be classified, numerical motifs
threefold death
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A motif of literature as well as a theme of Indo-European comparative mythology, in particular with regard to trifunctional theories of Indo-European society.

Muirchertach mac MuiredaigMuirchertach mac Muiredaig
Muirchertach mac Erca
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Cairnech of DulaneCairnech of Dulane
patron saint of Tulén (Dulane, Co. Meath) and likely to be an Irish version of the British saint Carannog
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Lil Nic Dhonnchadha, Aided Muirchertaig meic Erca (1964): ix.
Lil Nic Dhonnchadha, Aided Muirchertaig meic Erca (1964): xix.

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.] Nic Dhonnchadha, Lil [ed.], Aided Muirchertaig meic Erca, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series, 19, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1964.
CELT – edition (pp. 1–73): <link>
[em.] Ó Concheanainn, Tomás, “The act of wounding in the death of Muirchertach mac Erca”, Éigse 15:2 (Geimhreadh, 1973): 141–144.
Offers an emendation of the crucial passage that relates the threefold death of the protagonist.
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley, “The death of Muirchertach mac Erca”, Revue Celtique 23 (1902): 395–437. Corrigenda: Revue Celtique 24 (1903): 349.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – corrigenda: <link>
[corr.] Stokes, Whitley, “The death of Muirchertach mac Erca [corrigenda]”, Revue Celtique 24 (1903): 120.
Journal volume:  Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Gallica: <link>
[corr.] [add.] Stokes, Whitley, “The death of Muirchertach mac Erca [corrigenda and addenda]”, Revue Celtique 27 (1906): 202.
Internet Archive: <link>
[tr.] Guyonvarc'h, Christian-J. [tr.], “La mort de Muirchertach, fils d'Erc”, Annales Économies, Sociétés, Civilisations 38:5 (1983): 985–1015.
[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.
213ff Translation taken from Stokes, but incorporating the emendation by Tomás Ó Concheanainn.
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