On Sa, 7.02.2009, 23:08, Neil McLeod wrote:
>> But I used to think that Cormac always was THE good guy...
> Me too. But as this story is the origin legend of the Cíannachta, it
> seems to be designed to promote their story rather than that of their
> overlord. (It may have something to do with politics in Brega in the
> later period.)
> Bear in mind that Conchobar mac Nessa was usually described of as an
> ideal king as well. But that description might in fact have been ironic.
> His actions are strikingly unkingly at times.
Indeed. It really depends on what the author wanted to say. In "Longas Mac
nUislenn", Conchobar has the part of the bad guy, just as in "Toruigheacht
Dhiarmada 7 Ghrainne" Finn is the ultimate bad guy, whereas otherwise in
Gaelic literature he is the brilliant hero par excellence.