Responsive to Liz Gabay's plaint, I have done some housekeeping getting my
notes in order, and the following is what we have put together so far, as I
‘*Samhoin so’ summary up to verse 35*
**1 – 4. The poet’s journey from Dál Cais to Uí Maine
5 – 8. the poet’s reasons
9. nature description, the season of the year
10. Tadg’s collection of trophy shields
11. Murchad Mac Broin’s boast
12. Mac Liag’s retort
13. The Leinstermen support Mac Liag
14. Tadg gets to hear of the quarrel.
15. Tadg comes to Murchad alone, disguised as a servant.
16. Tadg asks for single combat, Murchad refuses.
17. Murchad’s reply to Tadg
18. Murchad’s gear, and something about going to a dwelling.
19. The poet arrives at Loch Foyle, found by Maol Doraid.
20. The poet doesn’t like the wet wild North, wishes he were elsewhere.
21. Maol Runaid doesn’t like an uninvited king?
22. The poet addresses Mael Runaid of Leth Cuinn
23. The poet tells him he’s lucky he hasn’t got Tadg as his neighbour.
24. Tadg and the poet spend three sleepless nights together at Glenn Gerg
25. The Uí Néíll seize Tadg at Glenn Gerg.
26. Tadg describes how Mac Liag identified him to the Uí Néíll
27. Tadg boasts of who he is.
28. Tadg taunts the Uí Néíll.
29. The poet goes travelling with a message from Tadg.
30. the Uí Néill are enraged (at losing a hostage?)
31. The Uí Néíll attack Tadg in Glenn Gerg again?
32. Tadg calls on his allies to support him.
33. List of allies
34. List of – more allies? or opponents?
35. Never had any king such great support as Tadg.
1-9 is introductory; 10-18 Murchad & Tadg's quarrel. There seems to b a
discontinuity between this and the next section, 19-23, with Mac Liag up in
Lough Foyle talking to Maol Doraid. 25-28 is a first confrontation between
Tadg and the Ui Neill, 29 up to where we are now seems to be assembling the
armies for outright battle.
Comments? queries? amendments?