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The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge   By: (1872-)

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In Joseph Dunn's translation of the ancient Irish epic tale Táin Bó Cúalnge, readers are transported to a world of mythical heroes, courageous warriors, and fierce battles. Through his sensitive and accurate rendition, Dunn successfully presents this epic to a modern audience, showcasing its timeless themes and captivating storytelling.

Drawing from numerous ancient manuscripts and texts, Dunn's translation skillfully brings to life the rich tapestry of Irish history and folklore. The story revolves around a legendary war stirred by the coveted brown bull of Cooley, which ultimately leads to an epic clash between the Connacht and Ulster provinces. The author's meticulous attention to detail ensures that readers are fully immersed in the intricacies of this ancient tale, as they journey alongside the warriors who become pawns in a larger political battle.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Dunn's translation is his ability to preserve the poetic quality of the original while maintaining coherence. The rhythmic prose captures the beauty of the Irish language, transporting us back to a time when oral storytelling was highly revered. Through his translation, he successfully conveys the depth of emotions and the complex dynamics of the characters, allowing readers to connect with their struggles and triumphs.

Dunn's comprehensive introduction offers valuable insight into the cultural and historical context of the epic, providing readers with a strong foundation before diving into the narrative itself. By shedding light on the societal norms and values of ancient Ireland, he enables readers to appreciate the significance of the characters' actions and motivations.

Though the ancient language and traditions may be unfamiliar to many readers, Dunn's translation guides us with a delicate balance of accessibility and authenticity. However, it must be noted that there are certain moments where the complexity of the narrative may become overwhelming, particularly for those new to this genre. At times, the multitude of characters and their allegiances can be confusing, requiring readers to refer back to the helpful glossary and character list provided.

Despite these minor challenges, Dunn's translation of Táin Bó Cúalnge remains a captivating read that showcases the enduring power of ancient Irish mythology. By introducing readers to the world of myth and legend, Dunn encourages a deeper exploration and appreciation of an often overlooked part of history. This book serves not only as an entertaining adventure but also as a valuable window into the vibrant culture and heritage of the Irish people.

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THE ANCIENT IRISH EPIC TALE

TÁIN BÓ CÚALNGE

"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 FACSIMILÉ OF THE MANUSCRIPTS

[Illustration: "Daig concechlabat fin hErend & Alban inn ainm sin, & bat lana beóil 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 ... Continue reading book >>




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