On 16/06/2015 2:24 PM, lenore fischer wrote:
> Can anybody explain to me why this story starts off with Bec mac De and
> then jumps to Ruadan of Lorrha? Is there some connection I'm missing here?
The incidents told here are part of a larger storyline about Díarmait mac
Cerbaill. They are sometimes extracted and arrange in different orders. He
1) a humorous story about Bec mac Dé, and then there is a segue into
2) a second separate incident.
The segue occurs here:
>> "Three fingers—to the arse—tomorrow" said he. It is he who was seer to
>> Díarmait mac Cerbaill. The latter was the most famous king who comes to
>> And he was opposed to Rúadán of Lorrha, namely after the violation of [the
>> sanctuary of] Rúadán by him concerning his prisoner, for Rúadán's brother
>> broke Díarmait's edict.
There is a more detailed and more satisfying segue in the fuller version of
incidents in Díarmait's life (and death) told in Egerton 1782, which is in
Silva Gadelica. That version moves from our riddling story about Bec to
another incident about Bec in which he foretells that Áed son of Suibne
will one day kill Díarmait, and then onto the details about Díarmait's own
story (in which his eventual death shows Bec's prophesy to have been accurate).