Macgnímrada Con Culainn ‘The boyhood deeds of Cú Chulainn’

  • prose
  • Táin bó Cúailnge
Not an independent(ly preserved) tale, but a story included in Táin bó Cúailnge, recension I and II.
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Related: Ro-mbáe laithi rordu rindRo-mbáe laithi rordu rindA poem of at least seven stanzas attributed to Cú Chulainn or Conchobar mac Nessa.


Táin bó Cúailnge
Táin bó Cúailnge
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Cú Chulainn
Cú 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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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.] OʼRahilly, Cecile [ed. and tr.], Táin bó Cúailnge: Recension I, Dublin: DIAS, 1976.
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Lines 398–469 Recension I
[tr.] Gantz, Jeffrey [tr.], Early Irish myths and sagas, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981.
134–146 Four extracts from the LU version (Recension I).
[ed.] [tr.] OʼRahilly, Cecile [ed. and tr.], Táin bó Cúalnge: from the Book of Leinster, Irish Texts Society, 49, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1967.
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Lines 738–819 Recension II in LL.
[tr.] Draak, Maartje, and Frida de Jong [trs.], Van helden, elfen en dichters: de oudste verhalen uit Ierland, Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1979.
[tr.] Guyonvarc'h, Christian-J. [tr.], “Les exploits d'enfance de Cuchulainn”, Ogam 11 (1959): 206–215, 325–335.
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