The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge eBook

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    [2-2] Stowe.

    [3-3] Stowe.

    [4-4] Eg. 93 and H. 2. 17.

    [5-5] Eg. 93.

    [6-6] Eg. 93 and H. 2. 17.

    [b] Physician to King Conchobar.

    [a] Following Windisch’s emended reading of LL.

    [b] See above, page 168, note a.

    [c] Literally, ‘liver.’

    [a] That is, the ‘barbed’ spear.

    [1-1] Reading with MS. Stowe.

    [b] That is, Medb.

    [c] That is, the followers of Ailill.]

    [1-1] LU. page 64, note 5, edition of Strachan and O’Keeffe.

[2]Although Cuchulain spoke thus, he had no strength for Laeg to leave him.[2]

    [2-2] Eg. 93 and H. 2. 17.

This then is the Combat of Loch Mor (’the Great’) son of Mofemis against Cuchulain on the Driving of the Kine of Cualnge.

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[2]Then were five men sent against Cuchulain on the morrow to contend with him and he killed them, so that they fell by his hand, and ’the Five of Cenn Cursighi’ was their name.[2] [W.2400.] Then it was that Medb despatched six men at one and the same time to attack Cuchulain, to wit:  Traig (’Foot’) and Dorn (’Fist’) and Dernu (’Palm’), Col (’Sin’) and Accuis[a] (’Curse’) and Eraise (’Heresy’), three druid-men and three druid-women, [3]their three wives.[3] Cuchulain attacked them, [4]the six of them, and struck off their six heads,[4] so that they fell at his hands [5]on this side of Ath Tire Moire (’Big Land’s Ford’) at Methe and Cethe.[5]

    [1-1] This heading is supplied by Windisch.

    [2-2] Eg. 93.

    [a] LU. 1764, H. 2. 17 and Eg. 93 have for this, Mebul, ‘Shame.’

    [3-3] LU. 1767.

    [4-4] Stowe.

    [5-5] LU. 1766-1767.

[6]Then it was that Fergus demanded of his sureties that fair-dealing should not be broken with Cuchulain.  And it was there that Cuchulain was at that time,[6] [7]that is, at Delga Murthemni.  Then Cuchulain killed Fota in his field, Bomailce on his ford, Salach in his homestead, Muine in his fort, Luar in Lethbera, Fertoithle in Toithle.  These are the names of these lands forever, every place in which each man of them fell.[7]

    [6-6] LU. and YBL. 1759-1760.

    [7-7] LU. 1761-1765.

Forasmuch as covenant and terms of single combat had been broken with Cuchulain, Cuchulain took his sling in hand that day and began to shoot at the host from Delga (’the Little Dart’) in the south, [8]in Murthemne.[8] Though [W.2406.] numerous were the men of Erin on that day, not one of them durst turn his face southwards [1]towards Cuchulain, towards the side where he was[1] [2]between Delga and the sea,[2] whether dog, or horse, or man. [3]So that he slew an hundred warriors till came the bright hour of sunrise on the morrow.[3]

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