Tales of the Elders of Ireland (Acallam na Senórach)

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A CHRONOLOGY OF FENIAN TALES IN IRELAND AND SCOTLAND

1200-1400
Acallam na Senórach (Tales of the Irish Elders). This was probably composed in the first decade of the thirteenth century.
Acallam Bec (The Little Colloquy). This is a compilation similar to Tales and is found with it in the fifteenth-century Book of Lismore. However, Oisín rather than Caílte is the central figure. It was partially edited by Douglas Hyde, Lia Fáil, 1 ( 1924), 79-107.
Macgnímartha Finn (The Boyhood Deeds of Finn). This incomplete saga relating how Finn acquired his name and the gift of wisdom is probably of the same date as Tales. Ed. and trans. Kuno Meyer, Ériu, 1 ( 1904), 180-90.
Cath Fionntrágha (The Battle of Ventry). This lengthy saga, popular in both oral and manuscript contexts, is found with Tales in MS Bodleian Laud 487 and is also referred to in Tales itself. It has been dated to the fifteenth century by its editor, Cecile O'Rahilly ( Dublin, 1962). See Explanatory Notes pp. 231-2.
The Chase of Sid na mBan Finn. This is also the title of a popular modern Fenian poem. The earlier prose version from a fifteenth-century manuscript is of interest in that it contains an incomplete version of the death-tale of Finn. Ed. and trans. Kuno Meyer, Fianaigecht, Royal Irish Academy, Todd Lecture Series 16 ( Dublin, 1910), 52-99.

1400-1650
Tóraidheacht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne (The Pursuit of Diarmaid and Gráinne). There is evidence from c. 1000 for a now lost earlier version of this tale and other smaller story items from the intervening centuries indicate a continuing tradition of this tale of love, elopement, and revenge involving Finn, King Cormac's daughter, Gráinne, and Diarmaid. Ed. and transl., Nessa Ní Shéaghdha, Irish Texts Society 48 ( Dublin, 1967).
Agallamh na Seanórach (The Colloquy of the Ancients). A later medieval version of the Colloquy, this is dated by its editor, Nessa Ní Shéagh dha, to c. 1500 ( 3 vols. ( Dublin, 1942-5)). This form of the Colloquy was copied many times in the Irish paper manuscript tradition.
Duanaire Finn (The Poem Book of Finn). This ballad collection was written in the Low Countries in 1626 for the exile and adventurer Captain Sorley McDonald of the McDonalds of Antrim. Some thirty-seven ballads in this collection have been dated by G. Murphy to the late twelfth

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Content v
  • Introduction vii
  • Note on the Text and Translation xxxi
  • Guide to the Pronunciation of Irish Names xxxiv
  • Select Bibliography xxxviii
  • A Chronology of Fenian Tales in Ireland and Scotland xli
  • Prologue 3
  • Chapter I 5
  • Chapter II 33
  • Chapter III 47
  • Chapter IV 70
  • Chapter V 83
  • Chapter VI 105
  • Chapter VII 124
  • Chapter VIII 127
  • Chapter IX 151
  • Chapter X 179
  • Chapter XI 192
  • Chapter XII 215
  • Epilogue 220
  • Explanatory Notes 224
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