In a message dated 12/8/02 8:08:49 PM Central Standard Time, [log in to unmask]
<< beardlessness seems to have been equated with immaturity and weakness. I
have a copy of an unpublished paper, "Ul na n-Ulad," by Patrick Ford, in
which he cites several examples of Ulster warriors' beards being describedor
mentioned when the warrior himself was being described in positive terms.
Interestingly, Pat points out that "there is no mention of beards on any of
the warriors who came against the Ulaid in Táin Bó Cuailnge. >>
Hallo, a h-uile duine.
I believe there is a reference to this idea in I2T, near the beginning, which
reads (Stokes' translation):
And then Bricriu said: " No beardless man receives the ollaveship in Emain
Machae", - for Néde was infantine (leg. boyish) as regards age.
Croman mac Nessa