• female warriors
  • Alba
A warrior woman and instructor of warriors in the Ulster Cycle, notably responsible for training the hero Cú Chulainn.
See also: 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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Aífe ingen AirdgemeAífe ingen Airdgeme (ass. time-frame: Subject:Ulster Cycle) – Character in the Ulster Cycle of Irish literature, notably the tragic tale Aided óenfir Aífe. When the Ulster hero Cú Chulainn stays in Alba to receive training-in-arms from Scáthach (her mother or sister), Aífe has an affair with him and later gives birth to his only son. In the Yellow Book of Lecan version, Aífe is called a daughter of one Ardgeimm.
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See also references for related subjects.
Miller, Jimmy P., “The feminization of the early Irish hero”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 67 (Summer, 2014): 1–31.