Bó bithblicht meic Lonán

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Medieval Irish literature about poets
Prose story about Flann mac Lonáin, which introduces a poem attributed to him, beginning Fidbadach mac Feda Ruscaig.
First words (prose)
  • Feachtus dia tarla Fland Mac Lonan i n-aroili faistigh
  • Middle Irish
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: Fidbadach mac Feda RuscaigFidbadach mac Feda RuscaigPoem attributed to Flann mac Lonáin. It is preceded by a prose story about the poet, beginning ‘Bó bithblicht meic Lonán’ (YBL col. 917 ff, facs. page 195b ff; D iv 2, fol. 51d ff).


Medieval Irish literature about poetsMedieval Irish literature about poets


Flann mac LonáinFlann mac Lonáin
(d. 891 x 918)
Flann mac Lónáin
early Irish poet; called ‘the Virgil of the Irish’ (Firgil Gáedel) and ‘King of the Poets of Ireland’ respectively.
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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.] Clifford, Diarmuid, “Bó bithblicht meic Lonán: eagrán de scéal faoi Fhlann mac Lonán”, Celtica 25 (2007): 9–39.
[ed.] Bergin, O. J., “A story of Flann mac Lonáin”, in: Osborn Bergin, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. OʼKeeffe (eds), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 1, Halle and Dublin, 1907. 45–50.
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43–45 YBL collated with D iv 2
Dennis Groenewegen
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