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Modern Irish prose tale in which Mis, following the death of her father Dáire, becomes a deranged woman in the wilderness of Slíab Mis and is gradually restored to sanity and to the civilised world through encounters with Dub Ruis (mod. Dubh Rois), harpist to the king of Munster (Feidlimid mac Crimthainn). Dub Ruis employs music, cooked food, a bath and ultimately, sex, to bring about her healing and goes on to marry her. In the two known manuscript copies of the text, the tale serves to introduce an elegiac poem for a patron named Dubh Rois.

Manuscript witnesses

pp. 417–423   
pp. 50–57   


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.] Ó Cuív, Brian, “The romance of Mis and Dubh Ruis”, Celtica 2:2 (1954, 1954): 325–333.
[tr.] Greene, David [tr.], “The romance of Mis and Dubh Ruis”, in: Vivian Mercier [ed.], Great Irish short stories, New York: Dell, 1964. 32–36.
[tr.] Ní Dhonnchadha, Máirín [ed.], “Gormlaith and her sisters, c. 750-1800”, in: Angela Bourke, Siobhán Kilfeather, and Maria Luddy [et al.] (eds), The Field Day anthology of Irish writing, vol. IV: Irish women's writing and traditions, Cork: Cork University Press, 2002. 166–249.

Secondary sources (select)

Partridge, Angela, “Wild men and wailing women”, Éigse 18:1 (1980, 1980–1981): 25–37.
Mac Cana, Proinsias, “Aspects of the theme of king and goddess in Irish literature (suite)”, Études Celtiques 7:2 (1956, 1955–1956): 356–413.
Journal volume:  Persée – Études Celtiques, vol. 7, fascicule 1, 1955: <link> Persée – Études Celtiques, vol 7, fascicule 2, 1956: <link>
OʼRahilly, T. F., “Varia II [1-25]”, Celtica 1:2 (1950, 1950): 328–386.  

1. A line in Aogán Ó Rathile; 2. Ó Gnímh's alleged visit to London; 3. A tract ascribed to Keating; 4. O.Ir. dia dam; 5. ar mhaithe le, ar olca le; 6. The prefix ad-; 7. fochair; 8. éiligh; 9. faoidheach; 10. éagm(h)aiseach; 11. cruimther; 12. ní has dó; 13. do chóir, i gcóir; 14. comhra, cófra; 15. trícha, triúcha; 16. earball; 17. ósta; 18. rámha, ruamh, rómhar; 19. Ir. fial, gaol, Welsh gwyl, annwyl; 20. coinneamh, coinne; 21. dámh; 22. cuilche; 23. guardal, guairneán, etc.; 24. Cnoc an Áir; 25. Lost legends of Mis and Dubh Ruis

382–384 [id. 25. ‘Lost legends of Mis and Dubh Ruis’]