Words and Proper Names

fidchell

4847.
Dye (Lauren): The game of sovereignty.
In PHCC 18/19 (2006), pp. 34–41.
Discusses the symbolism of the game of fidchell.
6060.
Breen (Gerry): Board games from medieval Cork in context.
In JCHAS 108 (2003), pp. 41–50.
9598.
Sayers (William): Games, sport and para-military exercise in early Ireland.
In Aethlon 10/1 (Fall 1992), pp. 105–123.
Reviews D. Binchy's discussion (in Celtica 8.144) of the terms for games and sports named in Mellbretha: 1. lúb, líathróit; 2. corthe críche; 3. tochailt trebán; 4. lém; 5. snám; 6. sraenán; 7. brandub; 8. fidchell; 9. buanfach; 10. folach migán; 11. immarchor uanán; 12. ardchless co n-ublaib; 13. bocluasc; 14. echréim; 15. cor cloiche; 16. dréim; 17. léim; 18. díbirciud; 19. uathad fri hilar; 20. crosdibirciud; 21. táithe tuilche; 22. bundsach i n-airecht.

Appendix: A synthetic version of the lists of martial feats (cles) as found in the Ulster cycle of tales.
12679.
Rebbert (Maria A.): The Celtic origins of chess symbolism in Milun and Eliduc.
In In quest of Marie de France (1992), pp. 148–160.
12928.
Niehues (Jan): Die Brettspiele des mittelalterlichen Irland und Wales.
In Sport und Spiel bei den Germanen (2013), pp. 217–243.
On the identification of brandub and fidchell.
13377.
Nuti (Andrea): Il gioco del fidchell nella letteratura celtica medievale.
In Ludica 7 (2001), pp. 18–33.
16224.
Harding (Timothy): ‘A Fenian pastime’? Early Irish board games and their identification with chess.
In IHS 37/145 (May 2010), pp. 1–22.