Aislinge Óenguso‘The dream of Óengus’

  • Old Irish
  • Mythological Cycle, Ulster Cycle, remscéla to Táin bó Cúailnge
  • Old Irish
  • Old Irish.


Mythological CycleMythological Cycle

Ulster Cycle
Ulster Cycle
id. 1797
remscéla to Táin bó CúailngeUlster Cycle
remscéla to Táin bó Cúailnge
id. 29262


Óengus mac ind ÓcÓengus mac ind Óc
Aengus mac ind Óc, Mac Óc, Mac ind Óc
(time-frame ass. with Túatha Dé Danann)
Óengus (Aengus) mac (ind) Óc; Mac Óc: mythological figure in medieval Irish literature, one of the Túatha Dé Danann; associated with youth and love; identified in some narratives as a son of the Dagda and Bóann.
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Medb ChrúachnaMedb of Crúachan
Medb of Crúachan, Medb Crúachna, Medb of Connacht
(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 MátaAilill mac Máta
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
king of Connacht, husband of Medb of Connacht
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Fíngen [physician of Conchobar mac Nessa]Fíngen ... physician of Conchobar mac Nessa
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle, Conchobar mac Nessa)
Conchobar’s physician in Aislinge Óenguso; otherwise called Fergnae
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Loch Bél Dracon
Loch Bél Dracon/Belsét/Crotta Clíach ... Lough Muskry
County Tipperary, Id
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Connacht/Cúige Chonnacht
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Cruachán Brí Éile
Cruachán Brí Éile (al. Brí Éile) ... Croghan Hill
County Offaly
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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.] Meid, Wolfgang, Die Suche nach der Traumfrau. Aislinge Óenguso: Oengus’ Traum. Eine altirische Sage, Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft, Neue Folge, 14, Innsbruck: Institut für Sprachen und Literaturen der Universität Innsbruck, 2017.
[ed.] Shaw, Francis [ed.], The dream of Óengus: Aislinge Óenguso, Dublin: Browne and Nolan, 1934.
CELT – edition: <link> Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link>
[ed.] Kelly, Patricia, “Aislingi Oengusai”, in: TLH: Thesaurus Linguae Hibernicae, Online: University College Dublin, 2006–2011.. URL: <http://www.ucd.ie/tlh/text/pk.tlh.002.text.html>.
Diplomatic edition collated with Müller’s edition and Thurneysen’s readings
[ed.] [tr.] Müller, Eduard [ed. and tr.], “Two Irish tales”, Revue Celtique 3 (1876–1878): 342–360.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>, <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>
[ed.] Thurneysen, Rudolf, “Zu irischen Texten”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 12 (1918): 398–407.  
Contents: Athirne von seiner Ungastlichkeit geheilt -- Aislingi Oengusai -- Cath Maige Tuired -- Nachträge.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
400 Suggested emendations of the text edited by Müller.
Translation only
[tr.] OʼDonovan, Tom, Irish sagas online, Online: University College Cork, 2013–present. URL: <http://iso.ucc.ie>.
Translation by Kevin Murray
[tr.] Gantz, Jeffrey [tr.], Early Irish myths and sagas, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981.
[tr.] Jackson, Kenneth Hurlstone [tr.], A Celtic miscellany: translations from the Celtic literatures, Revised ed., Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971.
93–97 Selection
[tr.] Draak, Maartje, and Frida de Jong [trs.], Van helden, elfen en dichters: de oudste verhalen uit Ierland, Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1979.
202–207 [‘Het droomgezicht van Aengus’] Translation into Dutch

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Cathasaigh, Tomás, Coire Sois: the cauldron of knowledge, ed. Matthieu Boyd, Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014.
Fogarty, Hugh, “Aislinge Óenguso: a remscél reconsidered”, in: Joseph F. Eska (ed.), Narrative in Celtic tradition: essays in honor of Edgar M. Slotkin, 8, 9, New York: Colgate University Press, 2011. 56–67.
Gray, Brenda, “Reading Aislinge Óenguso as a Christian-Platonist parable”, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 24–25 (2004/2005, 2009): 16–39.
Ó Coileáin, Seán, “A crux in Aislinge Óenguso”, Celtica 20 (1988): 167–168.
Dennis Groenewegen, Patrick Brown
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February 2011, last updated: July 2021