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

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  • Táin bó Cúailnge
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.
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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.
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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.


    Táin bó Cúailnge


    Ailill mac MátaAilill mac Máta (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – king of Connacht, husband of Medb of Connacht
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    Medb ChrúachnaMedb Crúachna / Medb of Crúachan / Medb of Connacht (ass. time-frame: Subject:Ulster Cycle) – Queen of the Connachta, co-ruler with her husband Ailill mac Máta, in the Ulster Cycle. She is said to have a daughter, Findabair, and seven sons known as the seven Maines. Her lover is Fergus mac Róich.
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    Fergus mac RóichFergus mac Róich (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – warrior in tales of the Ulster Cycle; former king of Ulster in exile in Connacht; Medb’s lover
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    Cú ChulainnCú Chulainn – Young Ulster hero and chief character of Táin bó Cuailnge and other tales of the Ulster Cycle; son of Súaltam or Lug and Deichtire (sister to Conchobor); husband of Emer (ingen Forgaill)
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    Emain Macha
    Emain Macha ... Navan Fort
    County Armagh


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    [ed.] [tr.] O'Rahilly, Cecile [ed. and tr.], Táin bó Cúailnge: Recension I, Dublin: DIAS, 1976.
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    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.
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    Lines 717–737 Recension II in LL.
    Dennis Groenewegen
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