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Re: Echtra Nerai III.25


Liz Gabay <[log in to unmask]>


Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>


Tue, 11 May 2004 15:16:15 +0100





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>Messe scríbas:
>> "I have been in beautiful lands," said Nera, " with treasures
>> and great wealth, with an abundance of clothing and food and
>> wonderful jewels."

Ocus Dennis King scríbas:
>A number of commmentators on EN have remarked that this is the
>sole passage in our tale in which the Otherworld is described
>in glowing terms. In other echtrai, the praise of the beauty
>and wealth of the Otherworld is typically more lavish. The
>enmity between Otherworld and Thisworld is front and center
>here, however, so that may account for a darker view of the
>Síd. It has been suggested that the above passage is no more
>than stock description of the Otherworld that was plugged into
>the text here, with little regard for the surrounding events
>and descriptions. Barúil ag éinne?

    My first thought on reading the sentence in the text was that it
doesn't really describe the síd where Nera was living, so I would
agree. Liz

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