The Best & O'Brien edition of the Book of Leinster skips,
in volume iv, from page 214 (Metrical Dindshenchas) to page
217 (Togail Troí). Yet ISOS has photos of both pages 215
and 216. Both are deeply darkened. The text is nearly
illegible on the screen, but it would be readable on close
examination in varying light, I think. What's more, DIL
gives a quotation from LL 215a30, from the Atkinson 1880
facsimile. Did Best & O'Brien stick those pages somewhere
else in their edition? All I have are vols. 2 and 4, by
The quotation (s.v. "éccruthach") that interests me is:
"ith 7 blicht dóib ar a denam ... etgud ecruthach 7 maile
meni derntar" (= grain and milk to them for doing it ...
ugly clothing and baldness if it can't be done)
A blessing on the hand, a curse on the other; a carrot and
a stick. But who said it, to whom, and why?
Thanks for any help on this!