Formolta Con Culainn

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Formolta Con Culainn

Inna formolta (inso sís)
‘The eulogy (here)’

Short episode in the Táin bó Cúailnge (Recension I and II) in which Fergus praises the young hero Cú Chulainn. It forms a prelude to Fergus' reminiscences of Cú Chulainn's deeds, which are found in the next two episodes.
Context(s)
The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.

Summary

Ailill asks Fergus about Cú Chulainn's age. In both recensions, Fergus replies that despite the hero's youth, Ulster knows no better or fiercer warrior. Medb questions Fergus' assertions saying that a youth of his age cannot have developed the qualities of an adult warrior. Fergus retorts that even in his younger years, Cú Chulainn performed the deeds of a man.

No age is specified in Recension II, but in Recension I, Fergus tells that Cú Chulainn is 17 years of age; that he was in his 5th year, when he joined the boys in Emain Macha; in his 6th year, when he came to Scáthach to be instructed in martial arts; of the same age, when he wooed Emer (cf. Tochmarc Emire); and in his 7th year, when he took up arms.

Form

primary form(s) — prose

Textual relationships

Of the references to events in Cú Chulainn's life, some are dealt with in subsequent sections of TBC (e.g. Macgnímrada Con Culainn and Aided na maccraide), while others are known from narratives elsewhere. Reference is made to the wooing of Emer, which is the subject of Tochmarc Emire.

Formolta Con Culainn

Classification

Táin bó Cúailnge

Subject tags

 Ailill mac Máta  Medb Crúachna  Fergus mac Róich  Cú Chulainn  Emain Macha

Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen
web page identifiers

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  • Sources

Primary sources
Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in the entry for the relevant manuscript.

See Táin bó Cúailnge for the complete list
[ed.] [tr.] O'Rahilly, Cecile (ed. and tr.), Táin bó Cúailnge: Recension I, Dublin: DIAS, 1976.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link>
Lines 373–397 Recension I.
[ed.] [tr.] O'Rahilly, Cecile (ed. and tr.), Táin bó Cúalnge: from the Book of Leinster, Irish Texts Society 49, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1967.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link>
Lines 717–737 Recension II in LL.

Queried results

if available
O'Rahilly, Cecile (ed. and tr.), Táin bó Cúailnge: Recension I, Dublin: DIAS, 1976.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link>
O'Rahilly, Cecile (ed. and tr.), Táin bó Cúalnge: from the Book of Leinster, Irish Texts Society 49, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1967.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link>

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