verse beg. Ro-mbáe laithi rordu rind

  • Old Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Ulster Cycle
A poem of at least seven stanzas attributed to Cú Chulainn or Conchobar mac Nessa.
First words (verse)
  • Ro-mbáe laithi rordu rind
“We had a great day of plying spear-points”
Speaker: 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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Conchobar mac Nessa
Conchobar mac Nessa
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
king of the Ulaid in tales of the Ulster Cycle; son either of Cathbad or Fachtna Fáthach (father) and Ness (mother); husband of Mugain; father of Cormac Cond Longas, Cúscraid Mend Macha, Furbaide Fer Bend and Fedelm Noíchrothach; fosterfather of Cú Chulainn.

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  • Old Irish
7th century
verse (primary)
Number of stanzas: 7
Textual relationships
Alludes to events in the Macgnímrada Con Culainn episode of Táin bó Cúailnge.
Related: Macgnímrada Con CulainnMacgnímrada Con CulainnNot an independent(ly preserved) tale, but a story included in Táin bó Cúailnge, recension I and II.


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry

Ulster Cycle
Ulster Cycle
id. 1797


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.] 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>
[ed.] [tr.] Ó Cróinín, Dáibhí, “Prosopographical analysis of Táin bó Cuailnge in a historical setting”, in: Hildegard L. C. Tristram (ed.), New methods in the research of epic / Neue Methoden der Epenforschung, 107, Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 1998. 153–159.
Text (O'Brien's ed. with emendations) and translation of Ro-mbáe laithi rordu rind on p. 155
Dennis Groenewegen, Patrick Brown
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