A few people have indicated that they would like to read "Esnada Tige
Buchet”. Here is a little introduction:
"Esnada Tige Buchet” is short, about 80 lines. The text is available
online at ISOS.
Here’s the link: http://www.isos.dias.ie/
Click on ‘ar aghaidh’ (or 'next') until you see the link to Trinity
College. Click on manuscript 1339. Go to page 270. Near the bottom of
the first column there is a decorated letter B at the start of the text.
It looks like some kind of animal with an eye near the top. A swan
maybe? Can anyone tell what it is? You can download the photo onto your
computer and magnify it with your photo software.
Here is a summary of what the Blue Book says about the story:
The three stories, “Fingal Rónáin”, “Orgain Denna Rig’, and "Esnada
Tige Buchet” all deal with the people of Leinster Province and are placed
together in the Book of Leinster and in another manuscript called
Rawlinson B 502 in a section called “Scélshenchas Lagen”. To quote
Greene: “Orguin Denna Ríg and Esnada Tige Buchet both belong to the
mythical history of the Laigin and, though mainly in prose, incorporate
passages in heightened alliterative style.”
“Esnada Tige Buchet” was first published by Stokes and has been
discussed and summarized by Myles Dillon in “Cycles of the Kings”. The
story is also in the Yellow Book of Lecan and a source Greene
calls “H”. Rawlinson B 502 has a shorter version.
Here’s what Greene says about the dating “Dillon would place our
story in the tenth century. This seems somewhat too late to me, for the
rhetorical passages are certainly old, and the prose may well have been
written in the Old Irish period..”
Would anybody like to give us a translation of the title? Is there any
other background information that we should know? Liz Gabay