On Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM, Dennis King <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I'm not sure that getting behind their shields implies retreat, however.
> It may just mean that they put themselves into battle readiness.
In that case, how about:
34. Im rīg Brēifne ō Gulbain Guirt,
im clannoibh Moga Ruith rēidh,
‘s um Conmaicne na ccolc gcaol
tēid gach laoch ar cūl a scēith.
34. Around the king of Breifne from Benbulben
around the people of brave Mogh Ruith
and around the narrow-sworded Conmaicne
every warrior went behind his shield.
It does seem to make better sense, alright.
I have been looking at what seems to be a parallel poem, by the way, ‘*Scíath
rígh Gaela, glantar hí*’ also allegedly by MacLiag, which likewise seems to
contain long recitations of Tadg's allies in battle. The ones in verse 33
of El and Delbna are there, but not these laddies of verse 34. For whatever
Also, I have to eat my words about Ormond. Nenagh and Muscraige Tire also
belonged to Late Medieval Ormond (they are still in the barony of Lower
Ormond), and Muscraige Tire is actually an area that I was looking for in
vain in the line-up of Tadg's allies. But now it turns out to have been
there all along after all. (I hope I have all the details correct here, I'm
kind of working out of my head, as I am having to spend several days away
from home on family duties).