Brinna Ferchertne‘Ferchertne’s dream-vision’
verse beg. Atchīu dā choin ac congail

  • Old Irish, Early Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Ulster Cycle
A rhymed poem about the death of Cú Roí, preserved as part of a version of Aided Chon Roí. In a dream-vision, the poet Ferchertne utters a prophecy of Cú Roí’s death.
First words (verse)
  • Atchīu dā choin ac congail
  • Old Irish Early Middle Irish
  • Old and Middle Irish.

10th century? Meyer: “If I may venture a guess I should assign our poem to the 10th century. The name Cúrói still scans as three syllables, as in Cinaed húa Hartacáin’s poem beginning Fianna bátar i nEmain, while it makes two syllables in Broccán Craibdech’s poem in LL 43b and in [Atbér mór do mathib].”

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Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry

Ulster Cycle
Ulster Cycle
id. 1797


Cú RoíCú Roí (mac Dáiri)
Cú Roí mac Dáire, Cú Roí mac Dáiri
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
Warrior and king of Munster in tales of the Ulster Cycle.
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Cú ChulainnCú Chulainn
Young Ulster hero and chief character of Táin bó Cuailnge and other tales of the Ulster Cycle; son of Súaltam or Lug and Deichtire (sister to Conchobor); husband of Emer (ingen Forgaill)
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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.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], “Brinna Ferchertne”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 3 (1901): 40–46.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Thurneysen, Rudolf, Die irische Helden- und Königsage bis zum siebzehnten Jahrhundert, Halle: Niemeyer, 1921.  

Contents: Part 1 (chapters 1-23): Allgemeines; Part 2 (chapters 1-85): Die Ulter Sage.

Internet Archive: <link>
Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed. and tr.], “Die Sage von CuRoi”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 9 (1913): 189–234.
CELT – edition of Aided Chon Roí I: <link> CELT – German translation of Aided Chon Roí I: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen, Patrick Brown
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March 2011, last updated: June 2020