The Tain - Study Guide IV - V Summary & Analysis

China Miéville and Thomas Kinsella
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IV. Fergus explains that Cuchulainn spent his infancy drinking ale and playing fidchell, an ancient board game. As a toddler, he set off to play with the neighborhood boys, all 150 of them. They flung javelins and balls at him, but he blocked them all. He then went into a "warp-spasm," a warrior rage, fighting all the boys and forcing them to run. He then agreed with King Conchobor to not kill any of them in play, and in return they would not kill him.

Other feats and spectacular events are explained. He once gave a concussion to a man who woke him up. Another time, he lifted a bed full of thirty grown warriors over his head. He saved Conchobor and his son Cuscraid from the battlefield after they were defeated by King Eogan.

Another legend has 27 marauders attack Ulster. The Ulster men...

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