The Romance of Froech and Findabair or The Driving of Froech’s Cattle. Táin Bó Froích. Old Irish Text, with Introduction, Translation, Commentary and Glossary critically edited by Wolfgang Meid

TitleThe Romance of Froech and Findabair or The Driving of Froech’s Cattle. Táin Bó Froích. Old Irish Text, with Introduction, Translation, Commentary and Glossary critically edited by Wolfgang Meid
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsMeid, W.
Series TitleInnsbrucker Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft
Tertiary TitleInnsbrucker Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft
EditionSecond, revised edition
Number of Pages300
ISBN NumberISBN 978-3-85124-246-1.
AbstractTáin Bó Froích is one of the best-told stories of Early Irish literature. In its first part it is rather a love-story of the “wooing” type. Froech, a noble person originating from the fairy-mounds, sets out to meet Findabair, daughter of Ailill and Medb, the royal couple of Connacht, who is reported to have fallen in love for him. Ailill, fearing an abduction, tries to prevent this by scheming Froech’s death, but is unsuccessful. After spectacular incidents the girl is promised to Froech on condition that he take part, together with hin own cattle, in the great raid planned by Medb into the neighbouring province of Ulster in order to take possession of a famous bull which she covets. On returning home Froech realizes that his own cattle have been stolen and that he has to retrieve them before being able to join Ailill and Medb in the foray. In the great Táin Bó Cúailnge Froech turns out to be the first Connachtman to fall by the hand of Cú Chulainn, the youthful hero defending the Ulster border.
Short TitleEnglish-language version based on the original German-language edition prepared with the assistance of Albert Bock, Benjamin Bruch and Aaron Griffith.
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