The destruction of Dá Derga’s hostel, translated by Whitley by Stokes, Whitley (trans.)

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The mantle I saw around him is even as the mist of Mayday. Diverse are the hue and semblance each moment shewn upon it. Lovelier is each hue than the other. In front of him in the mantle I beheld a wheel of gold which reached from his chin to his navel. The colour of his hair was like the sheen of smelted gold. Of all the worldÕs forms that I beheld, this is the most beautiful. I saw his golden-hilted glaive down beside him. A forearmÕs length of the sword was outside the scabbard. That forearm, a man down in the front of the house could see a fleshworm by the shadow of the sword!

It endeth: Amen: it endeth. 54 Fis Adamn‡in Notes 1 I. , twenty-one cows. 2 This passage indicates the existence in Ireland of totems, and of the rule that the person to whom a totem belongs must not kill the totem-animal. 3 The mouth of the river Boyne. 4 They had been banished from the elfmounds, and for them to precede Conaire was to violate one of his tabus. 5 Mouths of rivers. 6 A small river near Dublin, which is said to have passed through the Bruden. 7 In the bay of Glandore, Co. Cork. 8 At Ballyshannon, Co.

35 Fis Adamn‡in ÒThis is easy for me. Those are the King of TaraÕs six cupbearers, namely Uan and Broen and Banna, Delt and Drucht and Dathen. That feat does not hinder them from their skinking, and it blunts not their intelligence thereat. Good are the warriors that are there! Thrice their number will fall by them. They will share prowess with any six in the Hostel, and they will escape from their foes, for they are out of the elfmounds. They are the best cupbearers in Erin. Ó ÒYe cannot,Ó says IngcŽl.

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