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Download Táin Bó Cuailnge 108 Eeking to carry off the great Brown Bull of Cuailnge The hero of the tale is Cúchulainn the Hound of Ulster who resists the invaders single handed while Ulster's warriors lie sickThomas Kinsella's presents a complete and living version of the story His translation is based. The Tain sortof a bizarro Irish epic like all the other Irish epics was one of my favorite works in college The definitive translation is by Kinsella 1969 but there s this newish one by Ciaran Carson 2007 which I ve finally gotten around to judgingHere s the spoiler free gist of the Tain the Irish king Ailill and his wife Medb argue in bed over who s richer and on the spot they insist on having every item they each own brought to them so they can tally it up herds and all They find that Ailill is up by an enormous bull the eual of which can only be found in UlsterHere s the rest of the plot with some view spoiler Medb offers to sleep with the Ulster cattle owner if he ll give it to her He refuses after some consideration so they decide to take it by force Why Ailill goes along with this is never explained For further insight into Medb s character when she gets her period she fills three trenches big enough that armies have to ford them So there s that Like the Old Testament one of the Tain s central messages is that women are the root of all evil That s what happens when a mare leads a herd of horses all their energy gets pissed away following the rump of a skittish female I would feel offended by this but it is true that Irish women are pretty slutty As opposed to Boston women who are allmostly IrishUnfortunately for Ulster their entire force is currently laid low by a periodic curse that makes them unable to fight except the 17 year old prodigy Cu Chulainn who once got so carried away during battle practice that all Ulster s women had to flash their tits at him to distract him from killing his own friends He proceeds to hold the entire Irish army back single handedly via guerrilla warfare Braveheart style and the time honored Jackie Chan one at a time fighting method After a while Ailill and Medb take to betrothing their daughter to volunteers to take on Cu Chulainn which she seems agreeable to until half the camp realizes they re engaged to her and kill each other at that point she finally dies of shameAll the while Fergus an Ulster exile and foster father of Cu Chulainn is playing both sides although technically on the Irish side he repeatedly warns Cu Chulainn of traps and tries to delay Ailill and Medb Finally the Ulstermen get over The Curse yes this is the only national epic that s or less about periods and y know big ass battle and a remarkably perfect ending hide spoiler

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Download Táin Bó Cuailnge 108 The Táin Bó Cuailnge centre piece of the eighth century Ulster cycle of heroic tales is Ireland's nearest approach to a great epic It tells the story of a great cattle raid the invasion of Ulster by the armies of Medb and Ailill ueen and king of Connacht and their allies s. When I learned that China Mieville had appropriated the title The Tain for one of his little apocalypto dystopic excursions back in 2002 my reaction was something like this BACK OFF MIEVILLE YOU PLUNDERING PLAGIARIZING SASSENACH GIT THAT TITLE S ALREADY TAKENBecause as every cultured person knows The Tain pronunciation Thoyne is the name given to the most important story in ancient Irish literature the collection of tales also referred to as The Ulster Cycle or The Cattle Raid of Cooley I sputtered with indignation at the thought that someone would steal the name of Ireland s best known legend for some weirdo post apocalyptic novella about a race of wraith creatures that humans have subjugated by trapping them in mirrors Then I learned that tain is a legitimate English word meaning the tinfoil used as backing in mirrors and I felt pretty stupid SORRY CHINA Like any self respecting national saga the Irish Tain lacks a single definitive version Most versions draw on two different ancient manuscripts from the 12th and 14th centuries respectively but its origins are far older Some of the language dates back as far as the 8th century and most Celtic scholars believe the the story had a long oral existence before eventually being committed to writing by monastic scribes Both the content and the style of the narrative place the events in a timeframe that predates the introduction of Christianity to Ireland in 432 possibly as far back as the first centuryMost Irish people of my generation are familiar with the 1969 translation of the epic by the poet Thomas Kinsella with brush drawings by Louis de Brocuy I read the Kinsella translation at some point when I was in college largely from a sense of obligation Its brilliance was completely wasted on me at the time I recently stumbled across a recent 2007 translation of the Tain by the poet Ciaran Carson I really liked Carson s translation of Dante s Inferno so I was interested to see what he would make of the Tain So this past weekend I sat down with both the Kinsella and Carson translations to reacuaint myself with the legendary exploits of the Celtic heroes of the Tain Like any self respecting national saga whole chunks of the Tain are unreadable But much of it is hilarious I had forgotten how weirdly entertaining the story is A successful national epic will presumably reflect the concerns of the listeners people who make a living by taking to the sea in boats worry about sea monsters lost ships threats of a maritime nature In Argentina cattle are central to economic survival no surprise then that the gaucho is the hero of Argentina s national epic Martin Fierro Cattle were important in pre Christian Ireland as well at its heart the Tain is the account of a cattle rustling expedition gone terribly terribly wrongThe story of the Tain is straightforward its particular charm lies in the telling Here are some of the details I find totally kickassThe opening scene in which Ailill and Maeve the king and ueen of Connacht get swept up in a competitive enumeration of the wealth and possessions each has brought to the marriage is referred to as the pillow talk scene Maeve loses the competition by a bull and vows to get even this is the McGuffin that launches the whole disastrous expedition to steal Donn Cuailgne the great Brown Bull of Cooley from the neighboring kingdom of Ulster The men of Ulster are all laid low by the pangs Because of a previous incident involving a distinct lack of chivalry towards a pregnant lady nine generations of Ulstermen have been cursed to suffer the pains of childbirth for five days and four nights at their moment of greatest difficulty So just as the marauding Connacht army reaches their border all the men of fighting age take to their beds howling as if each was about to give birth to twins Oops make that all but one of the men For unspecified reasons the hero CuChulainn aka the hound of Culann the blacksmith aka Setanta is exempt from the curse so it falls to him to keep the marauders at bay until his fellow Ulstermen have recovered from the pangs It s roughly 30000 to 1 out there In other words a completely unfair set up The Connacht soldiers don t stand a chance CuChulainn isn t your average 17 year old He s Ireland s version of Hercules Super endowed physically not particularly bright poorly developed emotional control no impulse control the boy has some serious combat skilz With a couple of nifty superpowers thrown in That cloak of invisibility for one thing Those heightened sensory powers But the worst thing you can to is to make him angry because that can trigger the riastradh the twisting or contortion a Hulk like physical transformation that is followed by a killing frenzy Kinsella translates this wonderfully as the warp spasm in a rare misstep Carson tries too hard and comes up with the the torue he wants to evoke the kind of Celtic collar known as a torue but why The killing frenzy proceeds by repeated implementation of the thunder feat wherein enemy soldiers are taken out in increments of 100 I can t imagine that there s not already a video gameCuChulainn s deadly kill weapon the Gae Bolga totally rocks as does its name And the passage where he ultimately has no choice but to use it to disembowel his beloved childhood friend Ferdia is simultaneously devastating OMG he is forced to kill his best bro Ferdy and provocative explicit homoerotic imagery in ancient Celtic texts who d a thunk it There s also an entertaining array of secondary characters backstabbing relatives and courtiers wild women with the gift of prophecy assorted figures from Celtic mythology including the very nasty shapeshifting morrigan a kind of unpleasant Celtic valkyrie you wouldn t want to meet in a dark alleyBoth the Kinsella and Carson translations are highly readable There are slight differences in their choices of what to include Kinsella s coverage is greater because he includes full translations of certain key remsceala backstories where Carson limits himself to summarizing them briefly in his endnotes Both authors comment on the particular difficulties posed by certain sections of the manuscript those written in the specific verse form known as rosc These sections are apparently so obscure that both authors felt obliged to include an explicit disavowal of accuracy for their attempted translations Carson tries for a greater fidelity to the original verse form which makes for a much choppier less intelligible translation Obviously I can t judge the accuracy of either translation but I thought both authors did an impressive job in terms of clarity fluidity and readability Neither translation seems clearly superior they are just differentI feel obliged to include a caveat There are certain aspects of the text that make some portions eye glazingly unreadable Two features in particular come to mind The first is a kind of listmania the number of warriors taken down by Cuchulainn is enormous and the authors of this manuscript want you know each one by name This leads to this kind of incandescent proseThese are the names of their chiefs and commanders two Cruaids two Calads two Cirs two Ciars two Ecelss three Croms three Cauraths three Combirges four Feochars four Furachars four Casses four Fotasvarying numbers of 18 family names ten Fiachas and ten FedelmidsThe second issue is related In Carson s words the Tain is obsessed by topography by place names and their etymologies It s hard to convey just how deep this apparent obsession runs At times it seems as if the entire manuscript is nothing than an effort to come up with a dubious etymology for the name of every topographical feature of the Irish landscape Lethan came to his ford on the river Nith in Conaille Galled by Cuchulainn s deeds he lay in wait for him CuChulainn cut off his head and left it with the body Hence the name Ath Lethan This kind of stuff is both extraordinarily dull and highly uestionable particularly when one takes into account that the word lethan means broad One begins to suspect that the brave warrior Lethan might not have existed at all There are huge swaths of this kind of material scattered throughout the Tain The good news is that it is eminently skippable Bearing this caveat in mind I think anyone would enjoy the Tain

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Download Táin Bó Cuailnge 108 On the partial texts in two medieval manuscripts with elements from other version and adds a group of related stories which prepare for the action of the TáinIllustrated with brush drawings by Louis le Brocuy this edition provides a combination of medieval epic and modern a. I haven t read much Irish mythology at all so it was high time I got round to reading The T in It s an epic based around the feats of C Chulainn as he defends the land of Ulster from the armies of Ailell and Medb It s here s one of my favourite words again hyperbolic and well it s an epic what do you expect There s verse and one on one combats and ridiculous feats of arms involving throwing spears through boulders and so on I was actually surprised by how little I knew about The Tain I m sure I ve read plenty about C Chulainn but knew very little about what goes on in the Cattle RaidThe translation seems clear and is very easy to read though I can t comment on accuracy The introduction is helpful and the notes are comprehensive and informative


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    E–pub/Kindle [Táin Bó Cuailnge] ò Anonymous I haven't read much Irish mythology at all so it was high time I got round to reading The Táin It's an epic based around the feats of Cù Chulainn as he defends the land of Ulster from the armies of Ailell and Me

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    E–pub/Kindle [Táin Bó Cuailnge] ò Anonymous Download æ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF » Anonymous Anonymous » 8 Download Giving this stars seems kind of ridiculous But I will anywayIt is a minor embarrassment that I had not read The Táin until last week When my sister found out she made me which is fair enough We are uite immersed in many of the stories surrounding the Ulster cycle during our education the young Cúchulainn Medb and Ailill We are even told a vastly simplified version of the Táin Bó Cúailnge mostly focusing

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