On Sun, 3 Dec 2006 12:05:08 -0800, Dennis King <[log in to unmask]>
>Here's my word-for-word take on it:
>> Druidheacht is îdlacht, maith,
>magic and idolatry, good(ness)* (= magic?),
>> in ailc mîn-glan mûr-glan,
>in ____** smooth-clean wall-clean
Hi Dennis and Wade,
Here are a couple of far-out ideas.
There's another entry from Dinneen --
"ail, -each....a stone, a rock, a boulder; alternate ailc"
Maybe 'ailc' is a genitive form (I'd expect a genitive like 'ailce',
however) and 'maith in ailc' translates 'the magic of the rock'. Did
druids use rocks in divination?
Or could 'ailc' be a variant of 'oilc'? I'd feel more confident about
this idea if I could find a citation with this spelling variant.
I see in Dinneen that --
'oil' ("reproach,insult, offense....oil i n-úir, a "skeleton in the
closet" literally a buried stone (or earthen fence?) ") has a variant
spelling 'ail' with a variant plural 'ailchi'.
DIL describes 'olc' ("an evildoer...evil, wrong; an evil, misfortune")
as an "o stem neuter, later masculine" so the genitive singular could be
spelled with a palatalized ending.
Then 'maith in ailc' might translate 'the magic of the evil one'.