verse beg. Na trí Fothaid

  • Old Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, rhymeless Leinster poems
One of the rhymeless ‘Leinster poems’. The three Fothads, Find fer Umail, and Find Fili, king of Leinster, are said to descend from Núadu Necht.
First words (verse)
  • Na trí Fothaid
“The three Fothaid”
Ascribed to: Find Fili mac Rossa Rúaid
Find Fili mac Rossa Rúaid
legendary poet and king of Leinster; son of Russ Rúad

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  • Old Irish
verse (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: Find TaulchaFind Taulcha

One of the rhymeless ‘Leinster poems’, preserved only in fragmentary form. The poem was apparently taken from a now lost compilation known as Cocangab Mór (‘The great compilation’). In the preserved fragment, Find, Taulcha, and Caílte are said to be descendants of Baiscne. The words ‘tri húi Núadat Necht’, which Meyer regards as a later addition, also traces their descent to Núadu Necht.


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry

Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry

rhymeless Leinster poemsLeinster poems
rhymeless Leinster poems
id. 29241


Fothad Canann
Fothad Canann (Canainne)
rival of Finn mac Cumaill; brother to Fothad Airgtech and Fothad Cairptech

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Fothad Cairptech
Fothad Cairptech
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Fothad Airctech
Fothad Airctech (Airgtech)
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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.] Corthals, Johan [ed.], “The rhymeless ‘Leinster poems’: diplomatic texts”, Celtica 24 (2003): 79–100.
[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], Über die älteste irische Dichtung II. Rhythmische alliterierende reimlose Strophen, Berlin, 1914.
Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link>
[ed.] Campanile, Enrico, Die älteste Hofdichtung von Leinster: alliterierende reimlose Strophen, Sitzungsberichte der philosophisch-historischen Klasse, 503, Vienna, 1988.
[ed.] OʼBrien, M. A. [ed.], Corpus genealogiarum Hiberniae, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1962.  
comments: Reprinted in 1976 and 2005, with an introduction by J. V. Kelleher.
CELT – pp. 1–332 (Rawl. B 502): <link>
99 Rawlinson B 502 version
[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno, “Find mac Umaill”, Revue Celtique 32 (1911): 391–395.
Internet Archive: <link>
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