Thanks for the welcome, Mark! I studied/study at the University of Toronto (UofT). I actually graduated back in 2000, but for the past couple of years I've been taking courses part-time. I'd like to apply for the MA program at the Centre for Medieval Studies at UofT next year. My topic for that is the early Irish perception of colour, specifically relating to the dyeing of textiles. I wrote a research paper last year as a precursor.
But another project I've been seriously considering is working with this text. I was steered toward it when I was doing my undergrad work, and it's stuck with me. I think I'd like to try my hand at translating it, even if it's only for my own sake. I studied Modern Irish for 2 years as well, but there's something about the Old that really gets inside me and burns. I need a lot of practice, however!
Can you recall if the story you mentioned is contemporary with this one at all? Contemporary or earlier would be great. Even so, it's a rare theme to encounter in the stories.
Something else I love about this story is Manannan's role in it! He has such a central, active part to play in the plot. I remember being so excited when he's speaking to Oengus about the 'charm' with which he can expel Ealcmar from the Brugh and the scribe of the MSS writes, 'and we shall pass over the lay here.' What?! Give me that lay!
I'm glad you share my enthusiasm!
Megli wrote:wow sounds interesting - i wrote a thesis on male beauty and the gendering of the body in early irish saga, part of which was on the suspersaturation of colour in depictions of beautiful men. There's an important little article somewhere on colour-words in celtic, I'll have to see if I can dig it out for you. Did Ann Dooley teach you? She of the Oxford World's Classics Acallam na Senorach fame?
Very interesting idea...I will try and find the Li Ban/Muirgen text for you.
Old Irish is sooooo amazing. I'm teaching Scela Mucce Meic Datho at the moment.
Yes!! good old Manannan. He's become fully part of the TdD by this stage hasn't he?
Have you see David Stifter's 'Sengoidelc': it's a new instroduction to learning Old Irish and has entertaining pictures of sheep in it!
There's also Kim McCone's new book 'A First Old Irish Primer', and also Wim Tigges book on Old Irish.
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