Fled Bricrenn ‘The feast of Bricriu’

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  • Ulster Cycle
Fled Bricrenn
‘The feast of Bricriu’
Also spelled Fled Bricrend.
ff. 20r–25v
ff. 35r–36v pp. 69–76
part 5
Fragment, Cennach ind ruanada episode only.
p. 607
Glossed extracts.(1)n. 1 George Henderson, Fled Bricrend (1899): xxiv–xxx; Johan Corthals, Manuscript sources to Old and Middle Irish tales (MsOmit) (2010).
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verse (secondary)
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Related: Cles Con CulainnCles Con Culainn

A repertory of Cú Chulainn's feats, similar to that contained in Scéla Conchobuir meic Nessa.

Irish glossary from TCD 1337, pp. 623-628Irish glossary from TCD 1337, pp. 623-628Medieval Irish glossary in TCD 1337, pp. 623-628. Many of the entries are known from other works and learned compilations, such as Sanas Cormaic.


Ulster Cycle
Ulster Cycle
id. 1797



(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
hostel-keeper (briugu) in the Ulster Cycle of tales
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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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Conall CernachConall Cernach
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
Warrior of the Ulaid in the Ulster Cycle; son of Amergin and Findchóem. In Irish genealogies, he is presented as an ancestor of the kings of the Dál nAraidi and the Uí Echach Coba.
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Lóegaire BúadachLóegaire Búadach
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
Hero in tales of the Ulster Cycle; said to be a son of Connad Buide and grandson of Iliach
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Cú RoíCú Roí (mac Dáiri)
Cú Roí mac Dáire, Cú Roí mac Dáiri
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Warrior and king of Munster in tales of the Ulster Cycle.
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George Henderson, Fled Bricrend (1899): xxiv–xxx; Johan Corthals, Manuscript sources to Old and Middle Irish tales (MsOmit) (2010).

Primary sources

[ed.] [tr.] Henderson, George [ed. and tr.], Fled Bricrend, Irish Texts Society, 2, London and Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 1899.
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[ed.] Windisch, Ernst [ed.], Irische Texte mit Wörterbuch, 4 vols, vol. 1, Leipzig, 1880.
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235–311, 330–336 Text based on LU, with variants.
[ed.] Stern, Ludwig Christian [ed.], “Fled Bricrend nach dem Codex Vossianus”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 4 (1903): 143–177.
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[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], “The Edinburgh version of the Cennach in Rúanado”, Revue Celtique 14 (1893): 450–459.
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[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].
[id. 81.] Based on Henderson's translation.
[tr.] Gantz, Jeffrey [tr.], Early Irish myths and sagas, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981.
[tr.] Draak, Maartje, and Frida de Jong, Het feestgelag van Bricriu: een heldenverhaal, uit het Oudiers vertaald, Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1986.
Translation into Dutch.
[tr.] d'Arbois de Jubainville, Marie-Henri [tr.], “[Various contributions]”, in: Marie-Henri d'Arbois de Jubainville (ed.), L’épopée celtique en Irlande, 5, Paris: Thorin, 1892. [Various].
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Secondary sources (select)

Slotkin, Edgar M., “The structure of Fled Bricrenn before and after the Lebor na hUidre interpolations”, Ériu 29 (1978): 64–77.
Borsje, Jacqueline, “Úath mac Imomain und andere Schreckgespenster — Phantasievolle Kreationen oder traditionelle Elemente des irischen mittelalterlichen Erbes”, in: Helmut Birkhan (ed.), Kelten-Einfälle an der Donau. Akten des Vierten Symposiums deutschsprachiger Keltologinnen und Keltologen ... Linz/Donau, 17.-21. Juli 2005, Denkschriften, Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2007. 51–65.
Downey, Clodagh, “Intertextuality in Echtra mac nEchdach Mugmedóin”, in: John Carey, Máire Herbert, and Kevin Murray (eds), Cín Chille Cúile: texts, saints and places. Essays in honour of Pádraig Ó Riain, 9, Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2004. 77–104.

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