The Preludes to the Raid of Cualgne; Tain Bo Fraich. the Raid for Dartaid's Cattle. the Raid for the Cattle of Regamon. the Driving of the Cattle of F
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...met them with seven times twenty warriors to oppose their march. A battle was fought, and in that place fell the sons of the kings of Connaught, together with the warriors who had gone with them, all except Orlam and eight others,4 who carried away with them the kine, even the forty milch-cows, and fifty heifers, so that they came into the land of Connaught; but the maiden fell at the beginning of the fight. Hence is that place called Imlech Dartaid (the Lake Shore of Darta), in the land of Cliu, where Dartaid, the daughter of Eocho, the son of Corpre, fell: and for this reason this story is called the Tain bo Dartae, it is one of the preludes to the Tain bo Cualnge. 1 Egerton Version has only "towards Cliu till he came to the home of Dartaid, the daughter of Eocho: the maiden rejoiced," &c. From this point to the end the version in the Yellow Book is much fuller. 2 Y.B.L. inserts Dartaid's death at this point: "and Dartaid fell at the beginning of the fight, together with the stately sons of Connaught." If we spurned such offered bounty " Orlam his reproaches felt; Sprang to horse; and towards the country rode, where Eocho's daughter dwelt: And where flows the Shannon river, near that water's southern shore, Found her home; for as they halted, moated Clew1 rose high before. Dartaid met them ere they halted, joyful there the prince to see: 120 "All the kine are not assembled, of their count is lacking three!" "Tarry not for search," said Orlam, "yet provision must we take On our steeds, for hostile Munster rings us round. Wilt home forsake, Maiden? wilt thou ride beside us?" "I will go indeed," she said. "Then, with all thy gathered cattle, come with us; with me to...
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