Liz Gabay wrote:
> Cath droma fuait fithi foglach
> Cath suairc sithbe seglach
> Cath cnuic i clos os anad arniach
> I cosnam na Temrach.
> syllable count - 8-6-9-6
Line (c) ought to have an internal rhyme with line 'd'. The best
candidate seems to be 'osanad', which is all one word in the MS. If we
delete the first 'a' in that word, we get:
(i) a rhyme with 'cosnam' in line (d);
(ii) the correct syllable-count for line (c), 8 syllables; and
(iii) the same reading as Lec has: 'osnad'.
> Cath droma fuait ficthi foglach
> Cath suairc sithbe seaglach
> Cath cnu(?) ic iclos osnad eanglach
> I cosnam na Temrach
> syllables 8-6-9-6
> 'ic iclos' looks like a scribal error of repetition.
No, it's fine. The 'cnu' at the end of one line in the MS, and the 'ic',
at the start of the next, are all one word: 'cnuic', just like BB has.
We would normally insert a hyphen when we divide a word up over two
lines, but medieval Irish MSS don't do that. And that reduces the 9
syllables you counted in line (c) to the required 8.
Note that the final word in line (c) is 'eangach'; there is no 'l' in
I would punctuate as follows:
cath Droma Fûait fîthi - foglach
cath sûairc Sithbe - seglach
cath Cnuic i clos os(a)nad - armach
i cosnam na Temrach
cath Droma Fûait fichthi - foglach
cath sûairc Sithbe - seaglach
cath Cnuic i clos osnad - eangach
i cosnam na Temrach
The three adjectives after the dashes describe the three battles before
Note that we have already seen Druim Fúait and Sithbe as places in which
Tadc fought two of his seven battles. I wonder whether Druim Fúait was
associated with Slíab Fúait? Slíab Fúait was the mountain pass just
north of Newtown-Hamilton in Armagh, and was the gateway into Ulster
guarded by Conall Cernach in the Táin.
Cnoc here seems to be the place referred to as Carrac in the poem by
Flannacán (Cath Crinna §14) and Carn Eorlaig in the Annals of Tigernach.
(Note that Hogan lists a Carrac Eorlaicc near Loch Foyle in Co. Derry;
it is scarecly plausible that Tadc went that far in a day and still had
timr to get down to Dublin before sunset. On the other hand, Hogan also
lists a Sithbe in Tyrone. Stories sometimes are implausible.)