The Cuchullin Saga in Irish Literature

9780217077569: The Cuchullin Saga in Irish Literature

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1898. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... equal bulk and in multitude the same; among Ailell's kine, however, was an especial bull which indeed had been calf of one of Meave's cows (his name also being "the White-horned "), but he deemed it unbecoming to be under petticoat-rule, and so had departed and taken his place among the king's cattle.' And now, because among her kine she had not a bull of his size, in Meave's esteem it was as though she owned no penny's worth of stock. Then it was that Meave saw Mac Roth the herald draw nigh, and the queen required of him that he should find out where, in any province of Ireland's provinces, might be a bull altogether similar to him aforesaid. 'Verily,' said Mac Roth, 'I know where there is a bull which in double measure is better and more excellent; in the triucha of Cuailgne namely, in Daire mac Fachtna's house, and Donn Cuailgne, "the Brown of Cuailgne," is his name.' 'Thither away with thee, Mac Roth I and of Daire crave for me a year's loan of the Brown; at which year's end the bull's loan-fee shall be paid to Daire, that being fifty heifers, beside the Brown himself. Another condition also convey thou, Mac Roth: should they of those borders and of that country think ill of giving up [even for a time] that extraordinary precious thing the Brown of Cuailgne, then let Daire himself come with his bull, and of smooth Magh Ai shall be settled on him an area equalling that of his own lands, with a chariot of [the value of] thrice seven bondmaids and mine own close friendliness to boot.' On which mission accordingly the messengers proceeded to Daire mac Fachtna's house, the number with which Mac Roth travelled being nine messengers. In Daire's house in due time welcome was offered him; as was but reasonable, Mac Roth being all Ireland's chief herald. Daire inquire...

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