CELT document G303014

Uath Beinne Etair


Edited by Kuno Meyer

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Uath Beinne Etair


Fechtus diaraiuhe Diermait mac Duinn i Duipni ind-uaim Penni hEdair ier m-breith Graindi ingeni Cormaic ar aithed o Finn. Pai cailliuch lae Diermait ind inbuid side oc a forairiu in cech du a m-pidh. Luid in cailliuch isan uamaidh immauc, co m-pui for mullach Pendi Edair. Co n-acai ind oen-oclach dia soigid. Is e dino pui ann, ind rigfendid. Fochtus int sentonn rise nde. “Totocmarc-sai tánac”, ol Finn, “⁊ cais adpher deís dit, hocus issed is ail daum, do dí at oen-bé ocum”. Credis int sentonn ferpo 10 Finn ⁊ tingeullus ndo a thal de gnim. Ised rusáil Finn fuirri, Diermait di mairned ndo. Foemus int sincreth sin do, hocus dopheir a tí font sali, hocus lot isan uaim iarom. Fochtus Diarmait innus nabé ndi. “Is cuphus dam”, ol í, “nach facusai riam ⁊ nach cechla a fíu ar uairi ⁊ ainphenaibh. 15 Oir dileth an reud tar na bríanaiph, hocus ni fil  p.130 maug mínreidh ind-Elgai uili nach fuil sruth rod routmald eter gach da futhirphi ind”, ol í. “Ocus ni fagaidh seg no curpha a n-Erinn demh ind-uaim ina i n-aildu no a n-ailén nó i n-inpher an Falmoigh.” Crothus a fath co hecnaidh 20 ar fiarlaeid na huamhu hocus rocan na runnu sa sis.

  1. Fuit, fuid!
    Fuar inocht Mag lethon Luirc,
    arda in snechta 'nas an sliab,
    nocha roichenn fiadh a cuid.
  2. 25 Fuid co brath!
    Rusdail in doinenn ar cach,
    aponn cech ettrichi a fán,
    hocus is linn lan gach n-ath.
  3. As muir mor gach loch phís lán,
    30 hocus is lochn gach linn:
    ni roichit eich tar Ath Rois,
    ni mo roichit di cois inn.
  4. Siuplad ar iasc Inse Fail,
    ni fhuil traich nach tiprai tonn:
    35 a m-proccaibh nicota proc,
    ni leir cloc, ní lapar corr.
  5. Ni fagaid coin Coildi Cuan
    sam na suan a n-adhpaid con:
    ni fagann in dreen 1 becc
    40 dín da net a Letrich Lon.
  6. Asmaith do menpaid na n-en
    in gaeth ger 's ant oichred fuar:
    ni fagbann lon drom bad ail,
    din a toib i Coilltib Cuan.
  7.  p.131
  8. 45 Sadail ar cairi da drol,
    aisdrich ar Lonletrich cro:
    diminaig snechta coild ché,
    decair dreim re pennaibh pó.
  9. Cuibiur Glindi Ridi rúi ({})
    50 on gaeith acher dogeip len:
    mor a truaige ocus a pian,
    int oiccreud dosia 'na bel.
  10. Eirgi de colcaid 's do cluim
    —tucc dit' uidh!—noca cíall duit:
    55 immad n-aigrid ar cech n-ath,
    isse fath fan-aprann “fuid”. F. u. i. t.

Luid int sentonn amauc iersin. Imtala Graindie immorro, roraithid an sentuinn ar n-imdicht ⁊ doucc a fracamach lassotain for an timtach pó imbpe, hocus denfuc 60 for a tuiridin, confuair plais na trethno for a tí. “Dirsan, a Diermait”, ol i, “rolancc in sennin fort, hocus atraig co crip hocus geub do erriud caimpir imbat!” Togene Diermait sin. Lod immauch liasotain hocus Graindie leis. Con-acatur and rifennidh co fianaip imme ina n-dochum. 65 Díuais Diermait seucha for in rein im Erinn, co n-acuu in noi a cluthar in cuaín 'na comfocus. Luid hocus Grainni ina fochraib ind. Oenceile ar a cind isin luingin co timtach sainemail imme, co forti lethanchlaiss orbhuide tar a formna sechtair, hocus isse po ind sin: Oengus an Procchai, 70 datan Dermatai, tainic dia oirchisecht on nairne sin i raibhae ó Find ⁊ ó fhíanaib Erenn. Finit.

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Title (uniform): Uath Beinne Etair

Title (translation, English Translation): The Hiding of the Hill of Howth

Author: unknown

Editor: Kuno Meyer

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Electronic edition compiled by: Ruth Murphy

Proof corrections by: Hilary Lavelle and Ruth Murphy

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Date: 2009

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CELT document ID: G303014

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Manuscript sources

  1. London, British Library, MS Harley 5280, fol 35rb-35va (used in Meyer's edition). Vellum; early 16th century.
  2. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 N 10: p 13-14. Vellum (pp. 1-28) and paper; 1575.
  3. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS C III 2: f 10ra. Vellum; 1552. (interpolated in 'Amra Choluim Chille').


  • Nessa Ní Shéaghdha, Tóruigheacht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne. Dublin 1967, pp. 130-137 (from 23 N 10).

Editions of related tales and secondary literature

  1. Kuno Meyer (ed. and trans.), Fianaigecht: Being a collection of hitherto inedited Irish poems and tales relating to Finn and his Fiana, with an English translation. Royal Irish Academy; Todd Lecture Series 16; Dublin and London 1910. (Repr. 1937 and 1993, DIAS, Dublin). [Still a standard work, comprising introduction to the Finn Cycle, annotated editions of various tales, with English translation, Glossary of the rarer words, and indexes of personal names, tribe names and place names.]
  2. Gertrude Schoepperle, Tristan and Isolt: a study of the sources of the romance, 2 vols. (London & Frankfurt/Main 1913).
  3. Duanaire Finn, the Book of the Lays of Fionn, 3 vols; 1: Irish text with translation (part I); ed. by Eoin Mac Néill, ITS 7 (1908); 2: Irish text with translation (part II); ed. by Gerard Murphy, ITS 28 (1933); 3: Introduction, Notes, Appendices, Indexes and Glossary; ed. by Gerard Murphy, Anne O'Sullivan, Idris L. Foster, Brendan Jennings, ITS 43 (1953).
  4. Raymond J. Cormier, 'Open contrast: Tristan and Diarmaid', in: Speculum 51/ 4 (October 1976) 589–601.
  5. James MacKillop, Fionn mac Cumhaill: Celtic Myth in English Literature. Syracuse 1986. [With useful, well-structured bibliography on pp. 197–249].
  6. Daithí Ó hÓgáin, Fionn Mac Cumhaill: Images of a Gaelic Hero. Dublin 1988.
  7. Máirtín Ó Briain, Review of above, Bealoideas 57 (1989) 174–183.
  8. Donald E. Meek, Review of above, Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 22 (Winter 1991) 101–103.
  9. Mary Brockington, 'The separating Sword in the "Tristran" Romances: Possible Celtic analogues re-examined', in: The Modern Language Review 91/2 (April 1996) 281–300.

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‘Uath Beinne Etair’ (1890). In: Revue Celtique‍ 11. Ed. by Kuno Meyer. 125–134: 129–131.

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  editor 	 = {Kuno Meyer},
  title 	 = {Uath Beinne Etair},
  journal 	 = {Revue Celtique},
  number 	 = {11},
  address 	 = {Paris},
  publisher 	 = {Émile Bouillon},
  date 	 = {1890},
  note 	 = {125–134: 129–131}


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Creation: The earliest extant manuscript is from the 16th century, but Meyer suggests the tale goes back to the 10th century. 900-1000

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  • The text is in Irish. (ga)
  • The footnotes are in English. (en)
  • One word is in Latin. (la)

Keywords: tale; Finn Cycle; prose; poetry; medieval

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  1. 2009-08-17: Header created; file parsed; SGML and HTML file created. (ed. Beatrix Färber)
  2. 2008-08: Text proof-read (2); structural and content markup added, including footnotes. (ed. Ruth Murphy)
  3. 2006-08: Text proof-read (1). (ed. Hilary Lavelle)
  4. 2006: Text scanned and basic XML markup applied. (text capture Data capture company)

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