On 27/06/2015 8:18 AM, Neil McLeod wrote:
>> Our reading in Leabhar Breac contains only the first two lies -- years and
>> months. The Silva Gadelica reading which Neil has kindly provided also
>> says "ní fil acht secht nuaire in lái dom shaegul"".
>> I wonder if the original story had a progression of 'seven years, seven
>> months, seven days' for the three lies?
> Yes, I think that is almost certain.
Ooops. Too early in the morning for me: I mis-read your comment, Liz. The
text as we have it goes from years to months to hours. There are lots of
ways to cut time (seasons, fortnights, for example), so this set of three
(Years, months, hours) seems as good as any. There may even be something
suitably Christian about the cut into hours (what with canonical hours
being particularly important for monasteries), but the plot needs the
immediacy of hours any way.