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Project Gutenberg's The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Tain Bo Cualnge, by Unknown This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Tain Bo Cualnge Author: Unknown Translator: Joseph Dunn Release Date: August 7, 2005 [EBook #16464] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE ANCIENT IRISH EPIC TALE *** Produced by Ted Garvin, Brendan O'Connor and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net THE ANCIENT IRISH EPIC TALE TAIN BO CUALNGE "THE CUALNGE CATTLE-RAID" Now for the first time done entire into English out of the Irish of the Book of Leinster and Allied Manuscripts By JOSEPH DUNN Professor at the Catholic University Washington WITH TWO PAGES IN FACSIMILE OF THE MANUSCRIPTS [Illustration: "Daig concechlabat fin hErend & Alban inn ainm sin, & bat lana beoil fer n-hErend & Alban din anmun sin."] Book of Leinster, fo. 64a. "For the men of Erin and Alba shall hear that name (Cuchulain) and the mouths of the men of Erin and Alba shall be full of that name." LONDON DAVID NUTT 17 GRAPE STREET, NEW OXFORD STREET, W.C 1914 To the Memory of MY MOTHER * * * * * [Illustration: FACSIMILE, PAGE 55--_from the Book of Leinster_.] * * * * * CONTENTS Preface, xi. I The Pillow-talk, 1. II The Occasion of the Tain, 5. III The Rising-out of the Men of Connacht at Cruachan Ai, 10. IV The Foretelling, 13. V The Route of the Tain, 19. VI The March of the Host, 21. VII The Youthful Exploits of Cuchulain, 46. VIIa
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