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→ "The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel," from Early Irish Myths and Sagas   

irelandseyeonmyth:

pattiwelsh:

irelandseyeonmyth:

pattiwelsh:

irelandseyeonmyth:

pattiwelsh:

At the well, the woman loosened her hair in order to wash it, and her hands appeared through the opening of the neck of her dress. As white as the snow of a single night her wrists; as tender and even and red as foxglove her clear, lovely cheeks. As black as a beetle’s back her brows; a shower…

One of my fav myths.
Does anyone know why the wooing of Etain is at the start though? I haven’t a clue

irelandseyeonmyth I do think it’s interesting, because it seems like it was “tacked on” and might have better belonged with “The Wooing of Etain”? I wonder if it had something to do with who wrote it down. I’m not sure which early manuscript this originally appeared in.

I looked it up, it comes from egerton 1782 a16th c compilation. Im none the wiser though. Does it make any more sense for you?

Id say its a literary thing defo. Its mashing a wooing type story that was told at weddings for luck in with an elaborate destruction type probably told during raiding season. It would lose its social context and possibly might never have been told like other myths cos of that…

Maybe its revising the incest in the hero motif by making conaires mam a product of incest instead of him.The tain revises the incest in cu chulainns conception story and he was less reputable than conaire mor the ideal king…

That’s a later re- telling than I would have imagined. Interesting theories, and I wonder how they fit in with the history of that time.

I think egerton is unusual cos while its a poetic/professional scribe family rather than monks like the earlier bursts of lit. The myths have a lot of ecclesiastic influence. I think they had a bishops in the family at one point…

Maybe that’s a bit of context. Like the dream of Aengus is a parable

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