On Thu, 14 Jul 2005 08:51:53 -0400, Tarzia, Wade scríbas:
> Cú Chulainn's magic weapon, the gáe bolga ('the bagged spear'), ?
>seems to be a special weapon for fighting in fords.
I thought it meant "belly spear" because it always ends up in
somebody's belly. But I have no references for that.
The word 'bolg' with the meaning 'bag, stomach' is given as an o-stem
masculine "with very few exceptions" in DIL, which would give it an
expected genitive singular like 'builg'. The dictionary goes on to say
that it's an a stem feminine in the meanings "bubble, blister, berry, bud,
boss, ball" with an expected genitive singular like 'bolge' or
Under the entry for 'gae' DIL G 10.80 says "gae Bulga spear of Bulga,
Cú Chulainn's famous weapon (see O'Rahilly Early Irish History 61 ff.)"
There is another entry for "Bolg bolga bulga in population and place-
names etc. Taken to mean 'lightning'". The entry goes on to say it is
explained as the name of a goddess or deity.