I think, although I haven't got a copy of Cath Magh Rath here right now,
that he was chained by foot to the other fellow----they used to do
that---chain the foot soldiers together so they wouldn't run away and it's
part of the exaggeration in the telling that not alone did this chap swim
all the way to Scotland but he did it with the other chap chained to his leg
and of course Sweeney took to the trees. It must have been a terrible battle
altogether. I think that's in the end of the story.
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From: "Charles Dooley" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, May 28, 2004 11:35 PM
Subject: Re: Cath Maige Rath 9
> Does anyone know the connection, if any, of Dubdiad mac Daman to
> Ferdiad mac Damain meic Dáre in mílid mórchalma d'feraib Domnand
> of the Táin? You would think that a Scotsman who could walk on water
> would be famous, but maybe he was too successful at being 'cen airiugudh'.