verse beg. Úar in lathe do Lum Laine

  • Old Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
Old Irish poem (9 qq) attributed to Ailbe. It is in the form of a dialogue between Tethna, daughter of king Cormac mac Airt, and her lover Lom Laine. Máirín O Daly, who edited the poem, has suggested that their names may be guises for Gráinne and Diarmait, as known from the early prose narrative of Finn and Gráinne.
Initial words (verse)
  • Úar in lathe do Lum Laine
“Cold the day for Lom Laine”
  • Old Irish
verse (primary)
Number of stanzas
Textual relationships
Stanza 3 refers to the lovers Aillenn and Baile, who are known from Baile Binnbérlach mac Búain.
Related: Finn and GráinneFinn and GráinneBaile Binnbérlach mac BúainBaile Binnbérlach mac Búain


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry


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.] O Daly, Máirín, “Úar in lathe do Lum Laine”, in: Carney, James P., and David Greene (eds), Celtic studies: essays in memory of Angus Matheson 1912–1962, London: Routledge, 1968. 99–108.
[ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, and M. A. O'Brien, The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, vol. 3, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1957. xxi + pp. 471-760.
CELT – pp. 471-638 and 663: <link>
588–589 Diplomatic edition direct link

Secondary sources (select)

Murray, Kevin, “Some thoughts on Baile Binnbérlach mac Búain”, in: Wiley, Dan M. (ed.), Essays on the early Irish king tales, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008. 84–90.
89 Considers the poem's relationship to Baile Binnbérlach mac Búain
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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