Saturday, April 29, 2017

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Friday, April 28, 2017


Translations by Edward John Gwynn - 1903

Vol. 1


Vol. 4

Also search for "TODD LECTURE SERIES" has most if not all of them.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dindsenchas or Dindshenchas (modern spellings: Dinnseanchas or Dinnsheanchas or Dinnṡeanċas), meaning "lore of places"[1] (the modern Irish word dinnseanchas means "topography"),[2] is a class of onomastic text in early Irish literature, recounting the origins of place-names and traditions concerning events and characters associated with the places in question. Since many of the legends related concern the acts of mythic and legendary figures, the dindsenchas is an important source for the study of Irish mythologyDinnseanchas can also refer to an Irish journal which discusses placename meanings.[3]
The literary corpus of the dindsenchas comprises about 176 poems plus a number of prose commentaries and independent prose tales (the so-called "prose dindsenchas" is often distinguished from the "verse", "poetic" or "metrical dindsenchas"). As a compilation the dindsenchas has survived in two different recensions. The first recension is found in the Book of Leinster, a manuscript of the 12th century, with partial survivals in a number of other manuscript sources. The text shows signs of having been compiled from a number of provincial sources and the earliest poems date from at least the 11th century. The second recension survives more or less intact in thirteen different manuscripts, mostly dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. This recension contains a number of poems composed after the Book of Leinster text. Dindsenchas stories are also incorporated into saga texts such as Táin Bó Cúailnge and Acallam na Senórach.
Although they are known today from these written sources, the dindsenchas are clearly a product of oral literature and are structured so as to be a mnemonic aid as well as a form of entertainment. They are far from an accurate history of how places came to be named. Many of the explanations given are made to fit the name and not the other way around, especially in the many cases where a place was much older than the Middle Irish spoken at the time of the poems' composition.[4] In other cases, the dindsenchas poets may have invented names for places when the name of a place, if it had one, was not known to them. A detailed analysis points to a pre-Christian origin for most of the tales ( For example, many placenames appear which had fallen out of use by the 5th century A.D., when Irish written records began to appear in quantity.
Knowledge of the real or putative history of local places formed an important part of the education of the elite in ancient Ireland.[5] This formed part of the training of the military, for whom a knowledge of the landscape was essential. It was also essential knowledge for the bardic caste, who were expected to recite poems answering questions on place name origins as part of their professional duties. Consequently, the dindshenchas may well have grown by accretion from local texts compiled in schools as a way of teaching about places in their area.
Edward Gwynn compiled and translated dindsenchas poems from the Lebor na hUidre, the Book of Leinster, the Rennes Manuscript, the Book of Ballymote, the Great Book of Lecan and the Yellow Book of Lecan in The Metrical Dindshenchas, published in four volumes between 1903 and 1906, with a general introduction and indices published as a fifth volume in 1935.


  1. Jump up^ dind "notable place"; senchas "old tales, ancient history, tradition" - Dictionary of the Irish Language, Compact Edition, 1990, pp. 215, 537
  2. Jump up^ Collins Pocket Irish Dictionary p. 452
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  4. Jump up^ Jones Celtic Encyclopedia: Dindsenchas
  5. Jump up^ Hughes, Kathleen (1972). Early Christian Ireland: An introduction to the sources. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. pp. 166–167.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

R: Germam Mythology, Text, Translations, Scholarship.


The Poetic Edda & The Prose Edda
Eddic Manuscripts / Manuscripts of Snorra Edda
Translations into English / Individual Eddic Poems
Icelandic Sagas and Thættir
Fornaldarsögur & Riddarasögur
Retellings & Illustration Galleries
Skaldic Poetry, Folklore and Ballads
Old English, German, Scandinavian
Chronicles and Histories
Saxo Grammaticus, King's Chronicles
The Holy Bible
Reference Works
Dictionaries of Old Norse & Germanic Languages
Evidence of Early Astronomy
Archaeological Sites & Rune Studies
A Historical Survey of Old Norse Scholarship
Viktor Rydberg
The Life and Works of the Swedish Polymath
Indo-European Studies
Language, Culture and Religion Original Works
by William P. Reaves, Carla O'Harris,
Siegfried Goodfellow, and others
Web Resources, The Heathen Hoard

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Monday, April 24, 2017

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