The Tain Topics for Discussion

China Miéville and Thomas Kinsella
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What qualities of Tain make it epic?

Women cause everything from curses to a war in Tain. How are women portrayed in the text? What power do women have over men?

What is the significance of Cuchulainn's "triple birth?"

What part does Fergus mac Roich play in the text? What does his unique position as the gentlemanly quasi-enemy of Cuchulainn help to uncover in the text?

Does Cuchulainn operate according to a warrior code? Does his heroic prowess and manly rage complicate any adherence to a code?

What might be behind the care the author(s) take to describe Cuchulainn's physical deformation upon entering his "warp-spasm" and preparing himself for war? In other words, why is it important for Cuchulainn to become monstrous in order to wage war?

Why might it be important (especially to the authors' contemporary audience) to devote so much of the narrative to...

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