History Literature / TainBoCuailnge

19th Jun '16 9:26:05 AM karstovich2
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Queen Medb of Connacht and her husband Ailill are talking in bed one night, trying to figure out whose wealth is greater. They eventually conclude that their wealth is exactly equal except for one thing: Ailill owns a great prize bull, while Medb does not. So Medb commands the soldiers of Ireland to invade the kingdom of Ulster and steal its prized bull, Donn Cúailgne, the Brown Bull of Cooley, at any cost. This should be easy, since Ulster is under an unrelated curse that keeps the grown Ulstermen from fighting, and thus Ulster stands nearly defenseless before her army. Medb is thus opposed only by sixteen-year-old hero Cú Chulainn. Of course, Cú Chulainn is a ''hero'' in the classical sense, a demigod of amazing prowess, and the ensuing fight is ''epic'', including several gods and a good deal of magic.

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Queen Medb of Connacht and her new husband Ailill are talking in bed one night, trying to figure out whose wealth is greater. They eventually conclude that their wealth is exactly equal except for one thing: Ailill owns a great prize bull, while Medb does not. So Medb commands the soldiers of Ireland to invade the kingdom of Ulster and steal its prized bull, Donn Cúailgne, the Brown Bull of Cooley, at any cost. This should be easy, since Ulster is under an unrelated curse that keeps the grown Ulstermen from fighting, and thus Ulster stands nearly defenseless before her army. Medb is thus opposed only by sixteen-year-old hero Cú Chulainn. Of course, Cú Chulainn is a ''hero'' in the classical sense, a demigod of amazing prowess, and the ensuing fight is ''epic'', including several gods and a good deal of magic.
19th Jun '16 9:20:57 AM karstovich2
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Queen Medb of Connacht and her husband Aillil are talking in bed one night, trying to figure out whose wealth is greater. They eventually conclude that their wealth is exactly equal except for one thing: Aillil has a great prize bull, while Medb does not. So Medb commands the soldiers of Ireland to invade the kingdom of Ulster and steal its prized bull, Donn Cúailgne, the Brown Bull of Cooley, at any cost. This should be easy, since Ulster is under an unrelated curse that keeps the grown Ulstermen from fighting, and thus Ulster stands nearly defenseless before her army. Medb is thus opposed only by sixteen-year-old hero Cú Chulainn. Of course, Cú Chulainn is a ''hero'' in the classical sense, a demigod of amazing prowess, and the ensuing fight is ''epic'', including several gods and a good deal of magic.

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Queen Medb of Connacht and her husband Aillil Ailill are talking in bed one night, trying to figure out whose wealth is greater. They eventually conclude that their wealth is exactly equal except for one thing: Aillil has Ailill owns a great prize bull, while Medb does not. So Medb commands the soldiers of Ireland to invade the kingdom of Ulster and steal its prized bull, Donn Cúailgne, the Brown Bull of Cooley, at any cost. This should be easy, since Ulster is under an unrelated curse that keeps the grown Ulstermen from fighting, and thus Ulster stands nearly defenseless before her army. Medb is thus opposed only by sixteen-year-old hero Cú Chulainn. Of course, Cú Chulainn is a ''hero'' in the classical sense, a demigod of amazing prowess, and the ensuing fight is ''epic'', including several gods and a good deal of magic.
19th Jun '16 9:18:59 AM karstovich2
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Queen Medb of Connacht and her husband Aillil are talking in bed one night, trying to figure out whose wealth is greater. They eventually conclude that their wealth is exactly equal except for one thing: Aillil has a great prize bull, while Medb does not. So Medb commands the soldiers of Ireland to invade the kingdom of Ulster and steal its prized bull, Donn Cúailgne, the Brown Bull of Cooley, at any cost. This should be easy, since Ulster is under an unrelated curse that keeps the grown Ulstermen from fighting, and thus Ulster stands nearly defenseless before her army. Medb is thus opposed only by sixteen-year-old hero Cú Chulainn. Some magic and a few gods make appearances.

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Queen Medb of Connacht and her husband Aillil are talking in bed one night, trying to figure out whose wealth is greater. They eventually conclude that their wealth is exactly equal except for one thing: Aillil has a great prize bull, while Medb does not. So Medb commands the soldiers of Ireland to invade the kingdom of Ulster and steal its prized bull, Donn Cúailgne, the Brown Bull of Cooley, at any cost. This should be easy, since Ulster is under an unrelated curse that keeps the grown Ulstermen from fighting, and thus Ulster stands nearly defenseless before her army. Medb is thus opposed only by sixteen-year-old hero Cú Chulainn. Some magic Of course, Cú Chulainn is a ''hero'' in the classical sense, a demigod of amazing prowess, and the ensuing fight is ''epic'', including several gods and a few gods make appearances.
good deal of magic.
19th Jun '16 9:15:59 AM karstovich2
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Queen Medb of Connacht commands the soldiers of Ireland to invade the kingdom of Ulster and steal its prized bull, Donn Cúailgne, the Brown Bull of Cooley, at any cost. Though Ulster stands defenseless before her army, she is opposed only by sixteen-year-old hero Cú Chulainn. Some magic and a few gods make appearances.

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Queen Medb of Connacht and her husband Aillil are talking in bed one night, trying to figure out whose wealth is greater. They eventually conclude that their wealth is exactly equal except for one thing: Aillil has a great prize bull, while Medb does not. So Medb commands the soldiers of Ireland to invade the kingdom of Ulster and steal its prized bull, Donn Cúailgne, the Brown Bull of Cooley, at any cost. Though This should be easy, since Ulster is under an unrelated curse that keeps the grown Ulstermen from fighting, and thus Ulster stands nearly defenseless before her army, she army. Medb is thus opposed only by sixteen-year-old hero Cú Chulainn. Some magic and a few gods make appearances.
3rd May '16 9:55:11 PM Sparkysharps
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* InspirationalInsult: [[NoMasterToHisValet Laeg]] favorite means of aiding Cú Chulainn in a fight is to taunt him from the sidelines.

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* InspirationalInsult: [[NoMasterToHisValet [[NoHeroToHisValet Laeg]] favorite means of aiding Cú Chulainn in a fight is to taunt him from the sidelines.
3rd May '16 9:54:35 PM Sparkysharps
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* InspirationalInsult: [[NoMasterToHisValet Laeg]] favorite means of aiding Cú Chulainn in a fight is to taunt him from the sidelines.
3rd May '16 9:48:42 PM Sparkysharps
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* BlackCommedy: Quite often, particularly anything that involves [[RasputinianDeath Cethern]].

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* BlackCommedy: BlackComedy: Quite often, particularly anything that involves [[RasputinianDeath Cethern]].
3rd May '16 9:48:30 PM Sparkysharps
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* BlackCommedy: Quite often, particularly anything that involves [[RasputinianDeath Cethern]].



* DoNotTauntCthulhu: When Fergus goes to negotiate with Cú Chulainn, Medb's son Etarcomol insists on coming along, which Fergus allows ''only'' if Etarcomol can keep his mouth shut and not insult the unstoppable demigod that's been decimating their army. Etarcomol then proceeds to insult the unstoppable demigod. Then he challenges the unstoppable demigod to a duel. ''Then'' he insists on continuing after the unstoppable demigod quickly kicks his ass and tells him to scram.

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* DoNotTauntCthulhu: When Fergus goes to negotiate with Cú Chulainn, Medb's foster son Etarcomol insists on coming along, which Fergus allows ''only'' if Etarcomol can keep his mouth shut and not insult the unstoppable demigod that's been decimating their army. Etarcomol then proceeds to insult the unstoppable demigod. Then he challenges the unstoppable demigod to a duel. ''Then'' he insists on continuing after the unstoppable demigod quickly kicks his ass and tells him to scram.



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25th Dec '15 12:12:09 PM Morgenthaler
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The Táin has been adapted into comics on a couple of occasions. (There's one [[http://paddybrown.co.uk/?cat=171 here]], and another in Modern Irish [[http://www.leabhar.com/shop.htm here]]). Irish Celtic-rock band ''{{Horslips}}'' made a concept album based on the story in 1973. Music/TheDecemberists' EP ''The Tain'' is a setting of Colin Meloy's interpretation/abridgment of the epic to EpicRocking.

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The Táin has been adapted into comics on a couple of occasions. (There's one [[http://paddybrown.co.uk/?cat=171 here]], and another in Modern Irish [[http://www.leabhar.com/shop.htm here]]). Irish Celtic-rock band ''{{Horslips}}'' ''Music/{{Horslips}}'' made a concept album based on the story in 1973. Music/TheDecemberists' EP ''The Tain'' is a setting of Colin Meloy's interpretation/abridgment of the epic to EpicRocking.
6th Oct '15 12:20:36 PM Sparkysharps
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** Earlier on, Ailill sends one of his underlings to steal Fergus's sword while he and Medb are having sex as a way to humiliate him, rendering Fergus impotent as a warrior until Ailill begrudgingly returns the sword in the final battle.



* FriendlyEnemy: Fergus [=MacRoach=]. The one-time king of Ulster and leader of the Ulster Exiles who fight for Medb. He's also Cú Chulainn's foster father, and is the only person in Medb's ranks whom he never raises arms against.

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* FriendlyEnemy: Fergus [=MacRoach=]. The one-time king of Ulster and leader of the Ulster Exiles who fight for Medb. He's also Cú Chulainn's foster father, and is the only person in Medb's ranks whom he never raises arms against. Cú Chulainn is likewise on friendly terms with Lugaid mac Nois, even sparing the man's brother during their CombatByChampion out of respect him.


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* ServileSnarker: Cú Chulainn's charioteer, Laeg, is probably the only person who can give Cú Chulainn lip and not die for it.


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* TreacherousAdvisor: Fergus does a great deal to undermine Medb and Ailill's raid out of lingering ties to Ulster. Medb's rather aware of this, but doesn't have any better options, and simply tries to minimize his treachery via sex.
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