Preface to the Félire Óengusso
- Middle Irish
- Medieval Irish literature
- Middle Irish
The following is based on Stokes' edition and translation of the texts in Leabhar Breac and Laud Misc. 610. It does not (yet) take into account possible variants that are found elsewhere.
The four things essential to every work of art (elada) are given in the following order of importance:
- Place (locc)
- Time (aimser)
- The author (persa) of the work
- The cause of invention/composition (fáth airicc or cuis scribind).
Both Leabhar Breac and Laud Misc. 610 contain a note on the pedigree of the author (Óengus), but in Leabhar Breac it comes by way of a marginal note, while in Laud 610 the pedigree has been incorporated in the main body of the text.
Óengus is here given as a son of Óengoba s. Oiblén s. of Fidrue s. of Diarmait s. of Ainmire s. of Cellar s. of Óengus s. of Natsluag s. of Coelbad s. of Crundbadrai s. of Eochaid Coba.
Laud Misc. 610 continues...
(2) The time of composition: Áed Oirdnide » entrySummary:
The preface claims that Óengus wrote the martyrology in the time of Áed Oirdnide (son of Níal Frossach), who succeeded Donnchad mac Domnaill as king of Ireland. The reason given for this is that Donnchad's death is recorded in the (first) Prologue.
(4) Cause of composition
(1) Place of composition
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