The Old Irish tale entitled Orgain Denna Rig has been edited by Whitley Stokes and, more recently, but less completely, by David Greene.l Both editions are based on the Book of Leinster text. A glance at the variant readings in Stokes's edition makes clear the fact that the Rawlinson version differs from that of LL-YBL in some curious ways which Greene suggests may be the result of oral transmission at some stage (p. 16). One such divergence occurs at p. 3, 1. 13 of Stokes's edition (11. 317-18 in Greene's edition). LL reads: "/* meth 7 milliud dond fhir. Is tabarta i n-eslis." YBL has mell for milliud, but is otherwise identical, while R has, "is toirisiu conid meth 7 conid milliud 7 conid tabartha i n-eisleis infer-sa o shunn." This statement in its various forms is made by Loegaire Lore about his brother, Cobthach Coel, (who has lured Loegaire to him in order to kill him and seize the kingship of Ireland from him) after Cobthach has accused Loegaire of stripping him of his wealth because he broke the leg of a chicken when entering the house. Cobthach asks Loegaire to bring him the chicken so that
Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie (ZcP) – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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