The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 368 pages of information about The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Tin B Calnge.

    [9-9] YBL. 53a, 28-29.

[1]Such, then, is the account of the Brown Bull of Cualnge, and the end of the Tain by Medb of Cruachan daughter of Eocho Fedlech, and by Ailill son of Maga, and by all the men of Ulster up to this point.[1] [2]Ailill and Medb made peace with the men of Ulster and with Cuchulain.  For seven years there was no killing of men amongst them in Erin.  Finnabair remained with Cuchulain, and the Connachtmen went to their own land, and the men of Ulster returned to Emain Macha with their great triumph. Finit.  Amen.[2]

    [1-1] Translating from H. 1. 13 and Add.

    [2-2] YBL. 53a, 29-33.

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[W.6206.] A blessing be upon all such as shall faithfully keep the Tain in memory as it stands here and shall not add any other form to it.[a]

    [a] With this the Irish text concludes:  What follows is in Latin.

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I, however, who have copied this history, or more truly legend, give no credence to various incidents narrated in it.  For, some things herein are the feats of jugglery of demons, sundry others poetic figments, a few are probable, others improbable, and even more invented for the delectation of fools.

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INDEX AND PRONUNCIATION OF THE MORE FREQUENTLY OCCURRING PLACE AND PERSONAL-NAMES.

It will simplify matters for the English reader if the following points respecting the pronunciation of proper names in medieval Irish, are borne in mind: 

Each simple word is accented on the first syllable.

Pronounce: 

a (long), as in aught; a (short), as in hot. c with slender vowels (e, i), as in king; never as s. c with broad vowels (a, o, u), as in car; never as s. ch with slender vowels (e, i), as in German Ich; never as in church. ch with broad vowels (a, o, u), as in German Buch; never as in church. d with slender vowels (e, i), as in French dieu. d with broad vowels (a, o, u), as in thy. e (long), as in ale; e (short), as in bet. g with slender vowels (e, i), as in give; never as j. g with broad vowels (a, o, u), as in go; never as j. gh with slender vowels (e, i) is slender ch voiced. gh with broad vowels (a, o, u) is broad ch voiced. i (long), as in feel; i (short), as in it. mh and bh intervocalic with slender vowels, as v. mh and bh intervocalic with broad vowels, as w. o (long), as in note; o (short), as in done. s with slender vowels (e, i), as in shine; never as z. s with broad vowels (a, o, u), as s. t with slender vowels (e, i), as in tin. t with broad vowels (a, o, u), as in threw. th, like h. u (long), as in pool; u (short), as in full.

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