On 27 Sep 2015 at 8:11, Liz Gabay wrote:
> 'smutgal' looks like a compound of 'smuit.. vapor, smoke' and
> 'gal..warlike ardour, fury, wrath'. The DIL entry for 'smuit' quotes
> our text. Maybe 'wrathful smoke' or 'smoke-fury' of Duma's House.
> Dinneen has a word 'smutghail, act of giving away in fragments'
> which seems to be related to a different word 'smut..stump, snout'.
I think it is the same word. Compounds in "-gal" (ModIr. -aíl) are
used to form expressions for excited activities of the human body,
and ultimately for abnormal movements or sounds. So "smutgal" could
be "trampling/turning into dust", i.e. "utter destruction".
> Tom wrote -
> >26.“Mad ferr lat tomadmond ocus fisi ocus serca ocus sluagid ocus
> >tochomladha .i. Tomaidm Lacha hEchach, Tomaidm Logha hErne, Tomaidm
> >Bri, <snip> ocus ani rohort araile cinedha imdha fo Erinn archena."
> My thoughts --
> 'tomaidm ...eruption, outpouring...bursting forth of a lake or
> river....hence the name of a class of tales' The eDIL entry quotes
> our text. Apparently the word refers to lakes bursting over their
> banks here.
Very often, tomadmanna refer to the first appearance of lakes, i.e.
there was a plain there once, and for some reason the land is
> ani -- variant of 'in-tí' he who, the one who
"a n-í" is the neuter, and it refers to "tomaidm".