Just curious, but in another thread Megli and Beith propsed taking apart the old Irish sources of some stories. As a student of storytelling, I would be very interested in this subject. I haven't delved into Gray's translation of Cath Maige Tuired (yet, for I am taking apart and working on another story), but I have heard a few storytellers weave tales on the subject, and I wanted to be sure I was thinking of the correct tale.
Does Cath Maige Tuired, go into the birth of Lugh, involving Balor of the evil eye, who had a third eye in the center of his head which he kept covered with an eyelid of copper, an eyelid of iron, and an eyelid of lead, for if he opened that thrid eye, all that he saw would burn to ash?
Does it also deal with Goubhne Gogh, who was the father of all smiths, so great was his skill in that craft? Goubhne Gogh had in his keeping the magic cow (sorry can't spell the name, so not going to muddle it), who's milk was so pure it would unvenom any poison, she would cross three provinces in her days grazing, but she would always return to Goubhne Gogh's forge in the evening to rest, to where her magic halter was kept.
Does it also deal with Cían, who with a cloak of shadows found his way into Balor's castle, into the tower of brass, past the seven doors?
Well whatever story that is, I am interested. I'd be paying close attention to how phrases are turned, by what clever devices are used in the telling of the tale, by expressions used. I would even be interested keeping some of those intact and native, to weave into the telling, followed by the translations. I'd also be interested in what the various character names meant, for I often notice that they are named by their attributes. It becomes easy to remember the flow of the story when remembering these character attributes and the little character tales.
~MP, sifting up streams for the gold of wisdom
Post Script: Those story bits quoted from Robin Williamson's verson of "The Birth of Lugh", truely a master at his craft. I've had the great pleasure to study with him way back when he used to spend part of the year in California. I look forward to relocating to England, where I'll be closer to where he lives, and can take part in his workshops.