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    Wandering Cows and Obscure Words: a Rimeless Poem from Legal Manuscripts and Beyond

    Qiu, Fangzhe (2013) Wandering Cows and Obscure Words: a Rimeless Poem from Legal Manuscripts and Beyond. Studia Celtica Fennica, 10. pp. 91-111. ISSN 2242-4261

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    An Old Irish rimeless poem recording a verdict by the legendary judge Fachtna is represented in various textual traditions. It is cited in glosses to early Irish law, in commentary to Amra Coluim Chille and in two lemmata in Sanas Cormaic. This paper provides a critical edition of the poem, and analyses it in conjunction with the accompanying narrative prose and verses, in order to illustrate the complex relationship between the various textual traditions. The discussion may further our understanding of the intellectual background of the medieval literati and the growth of medieval Irish law tracts.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the postprint version of the published article, which is available at
    Keywords: Old Irish; rimeless poem; Fachtna; early Irish law; medieval Irish law tracts;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of Celtic Studies > Early Irish (Sean Ghaeilge)
    Item ID: 7057
    Depositing User: Fangzhe Qiu
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2016 17:20
    Journal or Publication Title: Studia Celtica Fennica
    Publisher: Finnish Society for Celtic Studies
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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