verse beg. Secht o. f. n.

  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Mythological Cycle
Poem on Brug na Bóinne, which offers a poetic version of Tochmarc Étaíne.
Initial words (verse)
  • Secht o. f. n.
(The seven ?), listed as Boand III by E. J. Gwynn, The metrical dindsenchas (1903–1935)
Ascribed to: Cináed úa hArtacáinCináed úa hArtacáin
(d. 975)
Cináed ua hArtacáin
Middle Irish poet
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  • Middle Irish
verse (primary)


Early Irish poetry Mythological Cycle


Étaín [mythological figure]Étaín
mythological figure in Tochmarc Étaíne and related texts
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Brug na Bóinne
Brug na Bóinne ... Brú na Bóinne
County Meath
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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.] Gwynn, Lucius [ed. and tr.], “Cináed úa hArtacáin's poem on Brugh na Bóinne”, Ériu 7 (1914): 210–238.
[dipl. ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, Osborn Bergin, M. A. O'Brien, and Anne O'Sullivan (eds.), The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, 6 vols, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1954–1983.
CELT – 1-260: <link> CELT – 400-470 (excl. Táin bó Cúailnge): <link> CELT – 471-638 and 663 (excl. Dinnshenchas Érenn): <link> CELT – 761-781 and 785-841 (excl. Dinnshenchas Érenn and Togail Troí): <link> CELT – 1119-1192 and 1202-1325 (excl. Esnada tige Buchet and Fingal Rónáin ): <link>
Lines 1068a ff. Diplomatic edition
[tr.] Guyonvarc'h, Christian-J. [tr.], “La courtise d’Étain”, Celticum 15 (1966): 283–327.
A translation of the poem is appended.

Secondary sources (select)

Theuerkauf, Marie-Luise, “A note on Sect.o.f.n.”, Celtica 29 (2017): 76–89.
Thurneysen, Rudolf, Die irische Helden- und Königsage bis zum siebzehnten Jahrhundert, Halle: Niemeyer, 1921.  
comments: Part 1 (chapters 1-23): Allgemeines; Part 2 (chapters 1-85): Die Ulter Sage
Internet Archive: <link>
608–609 direct link
Gwynn, E. J. [ed. and tr.], The metrical dindsenchas, 5 vols, Todd Lecture Series 8–9–10–11–12, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1903–1935.
CELT – vol. 1 (edition): <link> CELT – vol. 1 (translation): <link> CELT – vol. 2 (edition): <link> CELT – vol. 2 (translation): <link> CELT – vol. 3 (edition): <link> CELT – vol. 3 (translation): <link> CELT – vol. 4 (edition): <link> CELT – vol. 4 (translation): <link> Internet Archive – vols 1-3: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 3: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 4: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 5: <link>
Vol. 3: 482 direct link
Dennis Groenewegen,Patrick Brown