• prose
  • Sanas Cormaic, Medieval Irish literature about poets, minor Irish prose tales
Prull is a short narrative related in the entry for this word in the early Irish glossary Sanas Cormaic.
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  • semi-independent excerpts from Sanas Cormaic in RIA 23 N 10 and Harleian 5280
prose (primary)


Sanas Cormaic
Sanas Cormaic
id. 940
Medieval Irish literature about poetsMedieval Irish literature about poets

minor Irish prose tales (foscéla)Irish narrative literature
minor Irish prose tales (foscéla)
id. 33994

Relatively short prose tales in Irish. In learned discourse from the Middle Irish period and later, a distinction is sometimes made between the longer prím-scél and the shorter fo-scél. See eDIL s.v. ‘foscél’ for some references. In the first two volumes of BILL (1913 and 1942), Best included separate headings for ‘Minor tales’.


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.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Sanas Cormaic. An Old-Irish glossary compiled by Cormac úa Cuilennáin, king-bishop of Cashel in the tenth century”, in: Osborn Bergin, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. OʼKeeffe (eds), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 4, Halle and Dublin, 1912. 1–128 (text), i–xix (introduction).
Internet Archive – vols 1-5: <link> Internet Archive – vols 3-5: <link>
[ed.] [tr.] Thurneysen, Rudolf, “Zu Cormacs glossar”, in: Various (ed.), Festschrift Ernst Windisch zum siebzigsten Geburtstag am 4. September 1914, dargebracht von Freunden und Schülern, Leipzig: Harrassowitz, 1914. 8–37.
Collection:  Internet Archive: <link>
Text and translation
[tr.] Russell, Paul, “Poets, power and possessions in medieval Ireland: some stories from Sanas Cormaic”, in: Joseph F. Eska (ed.), Law, literature and society, 7, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008. 9–45.
[tr.] Draak, Maartje, and Frida de Jong [trs.], Van helden, elfen en dichters: de oudste verhalen uit Ierland, Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1979.
116–119 Translation and discussion

Secondary sources (select)

Ní Dhonnchadha, Máirín, “The Prull narrative in Sanas Cormaic”, 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. 163–177.
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