Words and Proper Names

fír flathemon

724.
Watkins (Calvert): Is tre ḟír flathemon: marginalia to Audacht Morainn.
In Ériu 30 (1979), pp. 181–198.
Discusses other PIE parallels of ‘Act of Truth’ and cognate verbal expressions of the following four expressions: 1. Is tre ḟír flathemon ‘it is through the ruler’s truth’; 2. mortlithi (mórslóg no) márlóchet di doínib dingbatar ‘plagues, (a great host, or) great lightnings are warded off men’; 3. gáu ḟlathemon ‘ruler’s falsehood’; 4. [n]-aurdallat dána (support for emendation to ní-n-aurdallat anai ‘let not riches blind him’ (see F. Kelly, AM §31); 5. to- aidble éisc i sruthaib -snáither (emends to to- aidbli éisc i sruthaib -snáither ‘with abundance of fish it is swum in streams’, taking to-snáither to be an impersonal passive rather than 2nd sg. deponent (see F. Kelly, AM §20).

Repr. in Watkins selected writings II, pp. 626-643.
Kelly (Fergus) (ref.)
1647.
O’Leary (Philip): A foreseeing driver of an old chariot: regal moderation in early Irish literature.
In CMCS 11 (Summer, 1986), pp. 1–16.
3187.
O’Connor (Ralph): Searching for the moral in Bruiden Meic Da Réo.
In Ériu 56 (2006), pp. 117–143.
Discusses the textual relationship of the various versions of the story concerning the revolt by the aithechthuatha (or ‘vassal peoples’), and analyses the recension known as Bruiden Meic Da Réo (providing comparisons with the alternative recension Scél ar Chairbre Cinn Cait throughout), offering an interpretation of this narrative as a developed exemplum principis in which the conflicting elements of the kingship ideology are scrutinized.
2620.
Henry (P. L.): The cruces of Audacht Morainn.
In ZCP 39 (1982), pp. 33–53.
Criticism of the translation by F. Kelly in Audacht Morainn (Dublin, 1976), especially with regard to the Old Irish terms fír, flaith, fírinne, fír flathemon and to the terminal phrases at the end of §§21, 52-53 and 63.
2803.
Hartmann (Hans): Was ist ‘Wahrheit’? (1).
In ZCP 49–50 (1997), pp. 287–310.
Establishes several coincidences between Irish folk-belkiefs and Proto-Indo-Iranian religion, especially regarding the cult of the dead and the binary opposition right : left, with the moral connotations associated to it (good : evil). Discusses in particular the concept of truth (represented by OIr. fír, fírinne, fír flathemon) and its role as the bedrock of sovereignty.
2753.
Hartmann (Hans): Was ist ‘Wahrheit’ (2)?: ein Vergleich französischer, keltischer, indischer, iranischer und griechischer Vorstellungen von der Verwirklichung der Wahrheit; eine kulturgeschichtliche Analyse. Teil I.
In ZCP 52 (2001), pp. 1–101.
Expands on a previous article, in ZCP 49-50 (1997), pp. 287-310. Studies in particular the representation of the prince in Irish wisdom literature and the concept of fír flathemon.

Continued in ZCP 53 (2003), pp. 1-101.
3688.
Hartmann (Hans): Was ist ‘Wahrheit’ (2)?: ein Vergleich französischer, keltischer, indischer, iranischer und griechischer Vorstellungen von der Verwirklichung der Wahrheit; eine kulturgeschichtliche Analyse. Teil IV.
In ZCP 55 (2006), pp. 1–17.
Continued in ZCP 56 (2008), pp. 1-56.
2761.
Hartmann (Hans): Was ist ‘Wahrheit’ (2)?: ein Vergleich französischer, keltischer, indischer, iranischer und griechischer Vorstellungen von der Verwirklichung der Wahrheit; eine kulturgeschichtliche Analyse. Teil II.
In ZCP 53 (2003), pp. 1–19.
Continued in ZCP 54 (2004), pp. 31-53.
2868.
Hartmann (Hans): Was ist ‘Wahrheit’ (2)?: ein Vergleich französischer, keltischer, indischer, iranischer und griechischer Vorstellungen von der Verwirklichung der Wahrheit; eine kulturgeschichtliche Analyse. Teil III.
In ZCP 54 (2004), pp. 31–53.
Continued in ZCP 55 (2006), pp. 1-17.
4601.
Hartmann (Hans): Was ist ‘Wahrheit’ (2)?: ein Vergleich französischer, keltischer, indischer, iranischer und griechischer Vorstellungen von der Verwirklichung der Wahrheit; eine kulturgeschichtliche Analyse. Teil V.
In ZCP 56 (2008), pp. 1–56.
4710.
Aitchison (N. B.): Kingship, society, and sacrality: rank, power, and ideology in early medieval Ireland.
In Traditio 49 (1994), pp. 45–75.
7671.
Greene (David): The ‘act of truth’ in a Middle Irish story.
In Saga och Sed (1976), pp. 30–37.
English translation from LL 35670-35710.
11684.
McManus (Damian): Naomhú Néill Fhrosaigh Uí Néill.
In Féilscríbhinn do Chathal Ó Háinle (2012), pp. 347–378.
Examines literature concerning Niall Frossach, arguing that his depiction as an exemplary, peaceful and pious ruler who had a special sympathy with God and the church is the result of a deliberate process of ‘sanctification’.
12675.
Nikolayev (Dmitry): Fír flathemon in the Russian primary chronicle? The legend of the summoning of the Varangians and the prefatory matter to Audacht Morainn.
In Studia Celto-Slavica 6 (2012), pp. 113–126.