Compert Con Culainn‘The conception and birth of Cú Chulainn’

  • Old Irish
  • Ulster Cycle, remscéla to Táin bó Cúailnge
  • Old Irish


Ulster Cycle
Ulster Cycle
id. 1797
remscéla to Táin bó CúailngeUlster Cycle
remscéla to Táin bó Cúailnge
id. 29262


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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Tomás Ó Concheanainn, ‘The textual tradition of Compert Con Culainn’, Celtica 21 (1990): 441.
Tomás Ó Concheanainn, ‘The textual tradition of Compert Con Culainn’, Celtica 21 (1990): 441.
Tomás Ó Concheanainn, ‘The textual tradition of Compert Con Culainn’, Celtica 21 (1990): 455.

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.] Hamel, A. G. van [ed.], Compert Con Culainn and other stories, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series, 3, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1933.
CELT – Compert Con Culainn (1-8): <link> CELT – Aided Óenfir Aífe (9-15): <link> Internet Archive: <link>
[ed.] Windisch, Ernst [ed.], Irische Texte mit Wörterbuch, 4 vols, vol. 1, Leipzig, 1880.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>
134–145, 324–325 Editions from LU and Egerton 1782 direct link direct link
[ed.] [tr.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed.], Zu irischen Handschriften und Litteraturdenkmälern [I], Abhandlungen der königlichen Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Philologisch-Historische Klasse, 14.2, Berlin, 1912.  
comments: Continued by Rudolf Thurneysen, Zu irischen Handschriften und Litteraturdenkmälern II (1913).
31–41, 41–48 (1) Edition, with translation into German, of the text in LU, Egerton 88, 23 N 10 and Egerton 1782; (2) Edition, with translation, of the first version from D iv 2.
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften: Feis Tige Becḟoltaig”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 5 (1905): 500–504.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>, <link>
Edition of Feis Tige Becḟoltaig, the second version from D iv 2.
[tr.] Gantz, Jeffrey [tr.], Early Irish myths and sagas, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981.
[tr.] Draak, Maartje, and Frida de Jong [trs.], Van helden, elfen en dichters: de oudste verhalen uit Ierland, Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1979.
34–36 Translation into Dutch.
[tr.] Even, Arzel [tr.], “La conception de Cuchulainn”, Ogam: tradition celtique 4 (1952): 273–276.
[tr.] Even, Arzel [tr.], “La conception de Cuchulainn, selon le Libur Dromma Snechta”, Ogam: tradition celtique 5 (1953): 313–314.
Bibliotheque.idbe-bzh.org – PDF: <link>
[tr.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [tr.], “Setantas Geburt”, in: Rudolf Thurneysen [tr.], Sagen aus dem alten Irland, Berlin, 1901. 58–62.
Internet Archive: <link>
[tr.] Duvau, Louis [tr.], “La légende de la conception de Cûchulainn”, Revue Celtique 9 (1888): 1–13.  
Reprinted by Arbois de Jubainville (1892): 22-38.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Concheanainn, Tomás, “The textual tradition of Compert Con Culainn”, Celtica 21 (1990): 441–455.
Dias.ie – PDF: <link>
Hull, Vernam, “The version of Compert Con Culainn in MS. Phillipps G.7”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 24 (1954): 128–131.

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October 2010, last updated: November 2022