Lebor gabála Érenn 2G(1). Gabáil Tuath nDé

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  • Lebor gabála Érenn
An account of the taking of Ireland by the Tuatha Dé Danann, from their previous whereabouts and first arrival in Ireland to the defeat of the Fir Bolg in the first battle of Mag Tuired.
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Related: Cath Muige Tuired CungaCath Muige Tuired CungaEarly Modern Irish tale of the conflict fought between the Túatha Dé Danann and the Fir Bolg over the sovereignty of Ireland.


Lebor gabála Érenn
Lebor gabála Érenn
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Túatha Dé Danann
Túatha Dé (Danann)
A common Irish designation for a group of supernatural or magical figures in Irish history, broadly equivalent to the áes síde. In the pseudo-historical tradition represented by Lebor gabála Érenn and other texts, they are presented and arguably, to some extent euhemerised as the pre-Christian people that conquered Ireland from the Fir Bolg and were later overcome by the sons of Míl (the Gaels).

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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.] Macalister, R. A. Stewart [ed.], Lebor gabála Érenn: The book of the taking of Ireland, 5 vols, vol. 4, Irish Texts Society, 41, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 1939.
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106–113 (§§ 304–309, Rec. A, with Min.); 138–147 (§§ 320–327A, Rec. B); 166–175 (§§ 356–361, Rec. C); + verse texts.

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Scowcroft, R. Mark, “Leabhar Gabhála. Part I: the growth of the text”, Ériu 38 (1987): 79–140.  
Dennis Groenewegen
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