Dinnshenchas of Srúb Brainverse beg. Matan do Choin na Cerdda
- Middle Irish
- verse, prose
- Early Irish poetry, Dinnshenchas Érenn, Ulster Cycle, Dinnshenchas
- Matan do Choin na Cerdda
- A (verse)
- L = Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1339 (H 2. 18) = Book of Leinster [s. xii2]p. 154b
- C (prose and verse)
- R = Rennes, Bibliothèque de Rennes Métropole, MS 598 ff. 90-125 [s. xiii/xiv (?)]
- B =
- Le =
- S = Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS D ii 2 (1222) [s. xvi (?)]f. 34
- S3 =
- M =
- H =
- Middle Irish
A flock of black birds appearsSummary:
Prose. Cú Chulainn is at Dún Delga when he encounters a flock of black birds (3 x 50). These birds are extraordinarily large (measurements are given for their bills and their necks).
Verse. One morning, Cú na Cerdda (i.e. Cú Chulainn) keeps watch at Dún Delga (ll. 1-4). He witnesses an enormous, "monstrous" flock of black birds (3 x 50) as it gathers over the sea. The sight of these birds and their hoarse cries are rather unpleasant. These birds are extraordinarily large (measurements are given for their bills and their necks).
Cú Chulainn chases and kills the birdsSummary:
Prose. Cú Chulainn pursues the birds from Dún Delga. In every land he traverses while doing so, he kills one of them with his sling.
Verse. Cú na cath (i.e. Cú Chulainn) attacks the birds by Rámand and Redg (l. 32), using his sling to kill them. In whichever inlet (gaibél) he finds them, he kills them all in this manner.
Cú Chulainn and the last ravenSummary:
Prose: Cú Chulainn kills the last raven (branén) at Redg and Ramann. He decapitates the bird, bathes his hands in its blood, and places its bill/beak (srúb) on the rock, calling it Srúb Brain (‘Raven’s Bill’).
Verse. Cú Chulainn kills the last raven (branén). He decapitates the bird and bathes his hands in its blood: “the cunning hero (in callait) wove each mystic sign (rún)” (tr. Gwynn). He places its bill/beak (srúb) on the rock known since that day as Srúb Brain (‘Raven’s Bill’); “every secret meaning (rún) is seen by reference to an exploit” (tr. Gwynn).
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