Echtra Nerai ‘The adventure of Nera’

  • Early Irish
ff. 71v–73v
beg. ‘Bui Ailill ocus Meudb aidqi samnoi hir-Raith Cruachan cona techluch huili’
Here the tale bears the title Echtra Nerai.
pp. 60a line 42 – 62a cols 658–662
rubric: ‘Tain Be Aingen and so’
Here the tale bears the title Táin bé Aingen.
p. 51rb–51va (102rb–102va in earlier folation)
Fragment (incomplete). No heading.
  • Early Irish
Textual relationships
Related: Dinnshenchas of Áth LúainDinnshenchas of Áth LúainDinnshenchas on Áth Lúain



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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.], “The adventures of Nera”, Revue Celtique 10 (1889): 212–228, 520. Corrigenda in Revue Celtique 17: 319.
Celtic Digital Initiative: <link> Internet Archive: <link>, <link>
Based on Egerton 1782, with variants from YBL.
[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].
§ 83 [‘Echtra Nerai The adventure of Nera’]
[tr.] Draak, Maartje, and Frida de Jong [trs.], Van helden, elfen en dichters: de oudste verhalen uit Ierland, Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1979.
60–67 Dutch translation
[ed.] Carey, John, “Sequence and causation in Echtra Nerai”, Ériu 39 (1988): 67–74.
73–74 An edition of the fragment in 23 O 48.

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Carey, John, “Sequence and causation in Echtra Nerai”, Ériu 39 (1988): 67–74.
Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Mélanges: Addenda to the Echtra Nerai”, Revue Celtique 11 (1890): 210.  
comments: BL, Harley 5280, f. 54a.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Fragment from Harleian 5280, f. 54a, which mentions Echtra Nerai.
Ó Coileáin, Seán, “Echtrae Nerai and its analogues”, Celtica 21 (1990): 427–440.
Celtica – PDF: <link>
Ó Duilearga, Séamus, “Nera and the dead man”, in: John Ryan (ed.), Féil-sgríbhinn Eóin Mhic Néill: Essays and studies presented to professor Eoin MacNeill on the occasion of his seventieth birthday, May 15th 1938, Dublin: Three Candles, 1940. 522–534.
Ó Flaithearta, Mícheál, “Echtra Nerai, Táin bó Regamna und ihr Verhältnis zur Táin bó Cuailgne”, in: Hildegard L. C. Tristram (ed.), Deutsche, Kelten und Iren: 150 Jahre deutsche Keltologie: Gearóid Mac Eoin zum 60. Geburtstag gewidmet, Hamburg: Buske, 1990. 155–176.
Watson, Alden, “A structural analysis of Echtra Nerai”, Études Celtiques 23 (1986): 129–142.  
Analyse structurale inspirée des méthodes de Claude Lévi-Strauss. Echtra Nerai est constituée de deux légendes, l’aventure de Nera dans le monde du sid, et le Vol du bétail d’Aingen. L’auteur analyse différents épisodes autour de quelques thèmes essentiels («souveraineté», «destin héroïque») .
Persée – Études Celtiques, vol. 23, 1986: <link>
Dennis Groenewegen
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