Fled Bricrenn and tales of terror

  title={Fled Bricrenn and tales of terror},
  author={J F Borsje},
The episode about Uath mac Imomain from Fled Bricrenn, ‘The feast of Bricriu’, occurs only in Lebor na hUidre (s. xi/xii), on a leaf inserted by scribe H (also known as ‘the interpolator’). Edgar Slotkin concluded that H invented this episode himself and offers an impressive theory on why H may have done so. This is a fresh study of the relevant texts and a refinement of Slotkin’s theory. H inserted the episode, but drew on older traditions, possibly from manuscripts now lost. Moreover, Uath… 
The timeless tale of Bricriu's feast
Abstract:The early Irish tale Fled Bricrenn ‘Bricriu's feast’ is set at an impossible time relative to the centerpiece of the Ulster Cycle, the epic Táin bó Cúailnge. Key characters, including
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A washer at the ford
  • Aberystwyth Stud
  • 1922
Fled Bricrend 191
    Thus this supernatural being is also believed to frighten people
    • repr. Graz
    • 1968
    An earlier mention in the tale of an úath or terror destroyed by Cú Chulainn, which will be discussed in Signs of doom, is too brief to be of use for this analysis
      For a different interpretation that puts the horseflesh in the context of mantic processes and of traditions on food of the áes síde as dangerous for humans, see N. K. Chadwick, 'Imbas forosnai
      • Scott Gael Stud
      • 1935
      Signs of doom: supernatural attendants of Fate in medieval Irish texts
        The Early Modern Irish recension refers to them by many terms, among which fúatha (A. G. van Hamel, Compert Con Culainn and other stories
        • BL line 14234
        • 1933