>> Suidiugud fir for Érenn
>> airgnaith cathaigiu
>> Ar•síasar airimdai, esradu
>> scéo airidiu
>You are both reading "fir" = "fír", which makes sense, but
>leads me to ask whether MOD ever restored vowel length in
>this text, i.e. "fîr"?
No. She writes: "Owing to the difficulty of the poem and the absence of
variants the text has been transcribed without alteration." (But
certainly I should have resorted to length mark.)
>> * I know there is no other instance of this word, but I don’t think
>> can we divide ‘airiMdHa’ as ‘ar imda’. In Old Irish ‘ar’ means ‘in
>> front of’, not ‘on’.
>You have the advantage of having the edited poem before you,
yep. Heh heh.
>so tell us this: does the language and spelling stick pretty
>reliably close to standard OI, with no admixture of MI forms
>such as "ar" for "for"? That would be a treat!
Well, I am just working my way through it stanza by stanza along with
everyone else, so I can't really comment. We will get a better feel for
that as we go along.
>>He settled fore-couches, beddings
>> and bed-compartments.
> Now, if we could just come up with more accurate
> translations of the seating arrangements. Or were these terms
> possibly already muddled in the mind of the poet, just a triple
> run here, all boiling down to "seating"?
That is a good question. According to DIL (A 212.29) an 'airide' is
"associated but distinct from" an 'imdae'. The 'esrad' probably
represents furs or coverings of some kind. Maybe the 'imdae' is the
mattress or cushion, and the 'airide' is the frame into which it is
placed? In 'Críth Gablach' damage to an 'airide' is described as
involving damage to a 'crann' (post) and to the 'ordd' - which may be a
word for a partition. Damage to an 'imdae' is described as involving
damage to the straw stuffing and coverings.
Formal feasting houses like this seem to have been purpose built for the
occasion and divided into specific compartments (presumably by
wicker-work partitions or something of that kind).
In any event I think you are right in suspecting the poet is just
letting us know the necessary couches are there with all their formal
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