Táin bó Regamain ‘The raid of Regamon's cattle’

  • prose
  • Ulster Cycle


Ulster Cycle
Ulster Cycle
id. 1797


The seven Maines
The seven Maines
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle, Conaire Mór, Conchobar mac Nessa)
In the Ulster Cycle, the seven Maines (na secht Maine) are a collective designation for the seven, or eight, sons of Medb and Ailill, all of whom are named Maine: Maine Máithremail and Maine Aithremail, Maine Míngor and Maine Mórgor, Maine Andóe, Maine Milscothach and/or Maine Mó Epert, and Maine Conda(s)gaib/Cotagaib Uile.

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Medb Chrúachna
Medb of Crúachan
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
Queen of the Connachta, co-ruler with her husband Ailill mac Máta, in the Ulster Cycle. She is said to have a daughter, Findabair, and seven sons known as the seven Maines. Her lover is Fergus mac Róich.

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Ailill mac Máta
Ailill mac Máta
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
king of Connacht, husband of Medb of Connacht

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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.

[crit. ed.] [tr.] Malek, Danielle, “Táin bó Regamon”, doctoral thesis, Centre for Celtic Studies, University of Sydney, 2002.
CELT – critical edition and English translation of the YBL version: <link>
[ed.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed.], Zu irischen Handschriften und Litteraturdenkmälern [I], Abhandlungen der königlichen Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Philologisch-Historische Klasse, 14.2, Berlin, 1912.  
comments: Continued by Rudolf Thurneysen, Zu irischen Handschriften und Litteraturdenkmälern II (1913).
[ed.] [tr.] Windisch, Ernst [ed. and tr.], “Táin bó Regamain”, in: Ernst Windisch, and Whitley Stokes [eds.], Irische Texte mit Wörterbuch, 4 vols, vol. 2, Leipzig, 1887. 224–238.
Internet Archive: <link>
224–238; 255–256
[tr.] Leahy, A. H. [tr.], Heroic romances of Ireland, 2 vols, Irish Saga Library, 2, London, 1905–1906.
Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2: <link> Internet Archive – vols 1-2 (Google Books): <link> Internet Archive – Gutenberg (plain text): <link>
vol. 2: 87–99

Secondary sources (select)

Windisch, Ernst, “Nachträge”, in: Ernst Windisch, and Whitley Stokes [eds.], Irische Texte mit Wörterbuch, 4 vols, vol. 2, Leipzig, 1887. 255–256.
Internet Archive: <link>
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