On Fri, 7 Jan 2005 10:21:29 -0800, Dennis King <[log in to unmask]>
>> BTW, let's do a collection of tales which contain the motif: Searles
>> mentioned "Baile in Scáil". Then there is the end of "Immram Brain"
>> and the passage in TBC where Cú Chulainn writes a warning on a stick
>> (this is not directly relevant, since CC doesn't write a story, but
>> only a few words).The passage in "Acallam na Senórach" which speaks
>> of "támlorg" should be counted in here, too.
>I think Damian McManus has done that pretty thoroughly in §8.10 of
>_A Guide to Ogam_, with thirteen entries. He leaves out the one
>from the "Acallam", since it does not overtly mention Ogam.
McManus tales a very negative approach to references to Ogam in the tales.
His position is that Ogam is merely another way of remarking about an
alphabet in general. He doesn't see allow himself to see possibilities in
their usage and I suspect didn't invest much energy in looking beyond a
narrow interpretation of them. His comments seem to me to be a dot on a
potential page of Ogam usages and writings. To me, the possibility exists
that Ogam usage among the Draoithe and Filidh was much more extensive than
is directly mentioned in the tales and is most certainly far more
extensive than the rigors of present day academia will embrace.
I'm all for an independent discussion of Ogam (and possible Ogam) in the