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.
Initial words (prose)
  • Feachtus dia tarla Fland Mac Lonan i n-aroili faistigh
  • Middle Irish
prose (primary)
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Medieval 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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[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: Bergin, Osborn, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. O'Keeffe (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
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