>> "dreaan... no drui-en .i. en doni faitsine"
>> = wren... or druid-bird, i.e. a bird that makes prophecy
> Caroline aan de Wiel gave a paper at the Celtic Congress in
> Cork 99 where she argued convincingly that the wren actually
> IS the druid-bird, and that the two words in various Celtic
> languages are identical.
Interesting! Has her paper been published yet? Do you recall
any of the details?
Could it be that the wren's title in folklore of "Rí na nÉan"
or "The King of All Birds" has venerable credentials? Is it
even possible the tale of how he gained pre-eminence through
trickery goes back to a Common Celtic original? I only know
the folk version, which begins:
"Tháinig éin an aeir uile le chéile tráth le go dtoghfaidís
rí, agus is éard a socraíodh sa deireadh go mba é an t-éan
is airde a ghabhfadh san aer, gurb eisean a bheadh ina rí."
The birds decide the highest flier will be king. The eagle
seems to win, but the tiny wren has hitched a ride in the
eagle's tail feathers. He emerges at the last moment "agus
chuaigh sé suas písín eile".