let's continue with our text. Now we are told what the "tri búada" of the Battle of Mag Rath are. E2, the MS that provides us with our guiding text, reads:
E2: Teora buada in catha-sin .i. maidm ar congal claen ina gae ria ndomnall ina firinde, + suibne geilt do dul re geltacht, + a inchind dermaid do bein a cind chind faelad a
cath muigi rath.
This corresponds to:
E1: Teora buada in catha-sin: maidm ar congal claen ina anfir re domnall ina firinne, + suibne geilt do dul ar geltacht, + a incinn dermait do buain a cind cind faelad; [...]
A is much more abbreviated. To the sentence in E2 above correspond the following passages:
A: Ceithri buadha in catha sin: Maidm for Conghal ina gæi re nDomnall ina firindi; et Suibni i ngealtacht, [...] et a inchind dermaid du bhem a cind Cindfæladh [...]
We will discuss the version of A as a whole at the end of this reading group. What it has done - in comparison to the E-manuscripts - , is that it has merged the
enumeration of the 3 (in the case of A: 4!) qualities of the battle with the more detailled discussion of the individual qualities in the next paragraph of E.