Echtra Cormaic i Tír Tairngiri ‘Cormac's adventure in Tír Tairngiri’

  • Late Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Cycles of the Kings
Tale about Cormac's journey to the Otherworld. Two Middle Irish recensions and a modern one are distinguished. The second and third recensions are independent texts, whereas the first recension of this tale is found in a composite text known as Scél na Fír Flatha, Echtra Cormaic i Tír Tairngiri, ocus Ceart Claidib Cormaic (sometimes shortened to Scél na Fír Flatha). Here it forms the second tale, standing between Scél na Fír Flatha and Ceart claidib Cormaic, and corresponds to §§ 25-54 of Stokes' edition from this recension.
Context(s)The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.
  • Late Middle Irish
  • late Middle Irish (Hull).
prose (primary)


Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
id. 80



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.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The Irish ordeals, Cormac’s adventure in the Land of Promise, and the decision as to Cormac’s sword”, in: Ernst Windisch, and Whitley Stokes [eds.], Irische Texte mit Wörterbuch, 4 vols, vol. 3, Leipzig, 1891. 183–221.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
193–198 (edition); 211–216 (translation); 226–227 (notes). Recension I
[ed.] Hull, Vernam [ed. and tr.], “Echtra Cormaic maic Airt, ‘The adventure of Cormac mac Airt’”, Publications of the Modern Language Association of America 64 (1949): 871–883.
Recension II. Based on the Book of Fermoy
[tr.] Carey, John [tr.], “[Various contributions]”, in: John T. Koch, and John Carey (eds), The Celtic Heroic Age. Literary sources for ancient Celtic Europe and early Ireland & Wales, 4th ed., 1, Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2003. [Various].
§ 91. Recension II. Translated from Hull's edition of the Book of Fermoy version.
[ed.] [tr.] OʼGrady, Standish Hayes [ed. and tr.], “Faghail craoibhe Chormaic mhic Airt: How Cormac mac Airt got his branch”, in: Standish Hayes OʼGrady, Toruigheacht Dhiarmuda agus Ghrainne; or, the pursuit after Diarmuid O'Duibhne, and Grainne, the daughter of Cormac Mac Airt, King of Ireland in the third century, 3, Dublin: John O'Daly, 1857. 212–229.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Recension III
Dennis Groenewegen
Page created
May 2012, last updated: June 2023