> Date: Fri, 29 Nov 1996 18:29:27 +1100
> From: Johanna Latham <[log in to unmask]>
> Well, I'm 24. Does that make me too young to be a bard? Or will clan
> Ish be a maker of new traditions (is that an oxymoron?).
Depends on when you've started to learn or what bardic rank you claim
to already have. Usually the educational period to become a filed is
twelve years. So if you started to learn to become a bard with 12 or
earlier, it's completely ok. You could still be a bard if you started
later, but then probably not of the highest (ollam) rank.
BTW, which rank you are also depends on how many tales you know.
To fulfill my role as the Ui hIsh Brithem, I will relate here what
the relevant lawtext, Uraicecht na Ri/ar tells about the ollam:
2, Line 2: Not difficult; the competence of an ollam first: he has
threehundred and fifty compositions, that is fifty for each grade, he
is knowledgeable in all historical science, and he is knowledgeable
in the jurisprudence of the Fenian Law.
If you fulfill the above requirements, you are welcome to call
yourself ollam. If you have only less bardic knowledge, the grades
below ollam, in descending order, are: a/nruth, cli/, cano, dos,