Audacht Morainn ‘The testament of Morann’

  • Old Irish
  • prose
  • Medieval Irish wisdom literature
Recension A:
A3 =
ff. 7v–8r
breaks off at § 34
Recension B
B4 =
pp. 35–39
written by Daniel Dunne
Fragment R (Kelly) =
cols 769 (line 17) – 770 (line 36)
A rosc from Senchas fagbála Caisil citing material from Audacht Morainn.(1)n. 1 Fergus Kelly, Audacht Morainn (1976): 72.
  • Old Irish
7th century
prose (primary)


Medieval Irish wisdom literatureMedieval Irish wisdom literature


Morann, Morand
mythical judge (brithem) who is said to have given instructions of wisdom to the young king of Tara, Feradach Find Fechtnach son of Crimthann Nia Náir, after the revolt of the aithech-thúatha; besides Audacht Morainn, a number of further texts relating to wisdom and law are attributed to him.

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Neire (Núallgnáth)
pupil/fosterson of the mythical judge Morann, whose instructions of wisdom he proclaims to the young king of Tara, Feradach Find Fechtnach (Audacht Morainn)

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Feradach Find FechtnachFeradach Find Fechtnach
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Fergus Kelly, Audacht Morainn (1976): 72.

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.] Kelly, Fergus [ed. and tr.], Audacht Morainn, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1976.

Secondary sources (select)

Fomin, Maxim, “Bríatharthecosc Con Culainn in the context of early Irish wisdom-literature”, in: Ruairí Ó hUiginn, and Brian Ó Catháin (eds), Ulidia 2: proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Maynooth 24-27 July 2005, Maynooth: An Sagart, 2009. 140–172.
– University of Ulster: eprint: <link>
Kelly, Fergus, “Audacht Morainn”, in: John T. Koch (ed.), Celtic culture: a historical encyclopedia, 5 vols, Santa Barbara, Denver and Oxford: ABC-Clio, 2006. Vol. 1: 142–143.
Ahlqvist, Anders, “Two notes on Audacht Morainn”, Celtica 21 (1990): 1–2.
Celtica – PDF: <link>
Ahlqvist, Anders, “Paragraph 16 of Audacht Morainn: linguistic theory and philological evidence”, in: Jacek Fisiak (ed.), Historical linguistics and philology, 46, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1990. 1–10.
Ahlqvist, Anders, “Varia: I. Le Testament de Morann: addenda et corrigenda”, Études Celtiques 24 (1987): 325.
Persée – Études Celtiques, vol. 24, 1987: <link>
Ahlqvist, Anders, “Le Testament de Morann”, Études Celtiques 21 (1984): 151–170.
Persée – Études Celtiques, vol. 21, 1984: <link>
Henry, P. L., “Varia. II [1. A passage in Scéla Cano meic Gartnáin; 2. Some passages in Audacht Morainn]”, Ériu 20 (1966): 222–228.
Smith, Roland, “Morand and the Bretha Nemed”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 17 (1928): 407–411.
Pokorny, Julius, “Zu Morands Fürstenspiegel”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 13 (1921): 43–46.
Internet Archive: <link>
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