Aislinge Óenguso ‘The dream of Óengus’

  • Old Irish
  • Mythological Cycle, Ulster Cycle
f. 70r22–70v10
p. 328
Modern transcript
  • Old Irish
  • Old Irish.


Mythological CycleMythological Cycle

Ulster Cycle
Ulster Cycle
id. 1797



Óengus mac ind ÓcÓengus mac ind Óc
Aengus mac ind Óc, Mac Óc, Mac ind Óc
(time-frame ass. with Túatha Dé Danann)
Óengus (Aengus) mac (ind) Óc; Mac Óc: mythological figure in medieval Irish literature, one of the Túatha Dé Danann; associated with youth and love; identified in some narratives as a son of the Dagda and Bóann.
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Medb ChrúachnaMedb of Crúachan
Medb of Crúachan, Medb Crúachna, Medb of Connacht
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
Queen of the Connachta, co-ruler with her husband Ailill mac Máta, in the Ulster Cycle. She is said to have a daughter, Findabair, and seven sons known as the seven Maines. Her lover is Fergus mac Róich.
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Ailill mac MátaAilill mac Máta
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
king of Connacht, husband of Medb of Connacht
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Fíngen [physician of Conchobar mac Nessa]Fíngen ... physician of Conchobar mac Nessa
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle, Conchobar mac Nessa)
Conchobar’s physician in Aislinge Óenguso; otherwise called Fergnae
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Loch Bél Dracon
Loch Bél Dracon/Belsét/Crotta Clíach ... Lough Muskry
County Tipperary, Id
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Connacht/Cúige Chonnacht
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Cruachán Brí Éile
Cruachán Brí Éile (al. Brí Éile) ... Croghan Hill
County Offaly
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Primary sources

[ed.] [tr.] Meid, Wolfgang, Die Suche nach der Traumfrau. Aislinge Óenguso: Oengus’ Traum. Eine altirische Sage, Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft, Neue Folge, 14, Innsbruck: Institut für Sprachen und Literaturen der Universität Innsbruck, 2017.
[ed.] Shaw, Francis [ed.], The dream of Óengus: Aislinge Óenguso, Dublin: Browne and Nolan, 1934.
CELT – edition: <link> Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link>
[ed.] Kelly, Patricia, “Aislingi Oengusai”, in: TLH: Thesaurus Linguae Hibernicae, Online: University College Dublin, 2006–2011.. URL: <http://www.ucd.ie/tlh/text/pk.tlh.002.text.html>.
Diplomatic edition collated with Müller’s edition and Thurneysen’s readings
[ed.] [tr.] Müller, Eduard [ed. and tr.], “Two Irish tales”, Revue Celtique 3 (1876–1878): 342–360.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>, <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>
[ed.] Thurneysen, Rudolf, “Zu irischen Texten”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 12 (1918): 398–407.  
Contents: Athirne von seiner Ungastlichkeit geheilt -- Aislingi Oengusai -- Cath Maige Tuired -- Nachträge.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
400 Suggested emendations of the text edited by Müller.
Translation only
[tr.] OʼDonovan, Tom, Irish sagas online, Online: University College Cork, 2013–present. URL: <http://iso.ucc.ie>.
Translation by Kevin Murray
[tr.] Gantz, Jeffrey [tr.], Early Irish myths and sagas, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981.
[tr.] Jackson, Kenneth Hurlstone [tr.], A Celtic miscellany: translations from the Celtic literatures, Revised ed., Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971.
93–97 Selection
[tr.] Draak, Maartje, and Frida de Jong [trs.], Van helden, elfen en dichters: de oudste verhalen uit Ierland, Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1979.
202–207 [‘Het droomgezicht van Aengus’] Translation into Dutch

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Cathasaigh, Tomás, Coire Sois: the cauldron of knowledge, ed. Matthieu Boyd, Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014.
Fogarty, Hugh, “Aislinge Óenguso: a remscél reconsidered”, in: Joseph F. Eska (ed.), Narrative in Celtic tradition: essays in honor of Edgar M. Slotkin, 8, 9, New York: Colgate University Press, 2011. 56–67.
Gray, Brenda, “Reading Aislinge Óenguso as a Christian-Platonist parable”, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 24–25 (2004/2005, 2009): 16–39.
Ó Coileáin, Seán, “A crux in Aislinge Óenguso”, Celtica 20 (1988): 167–168.
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