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Gae Bolga

MJardin on 4. Mar, 2014 — Lang: English

Gae Bolga
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    The Spear of CuChulainn

    The Celtic Hero CuCulainn--called the Irish Achilles--travelled to the Otherworld to learn the fighting skills of the gods. Despite a prophecy that he would never use the weapon without regret, he insisted on learning the technique of the gae bolga, a spear that would, upon striking an enemy, pierce every vital organ at once. He won great glory, but the prophecy proved stronger. With this terrible weapon he unwillingly slew his best friend, unwittingly his own son and, in the end, brought about his own fatal wound.

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  • stihl 8.3.2014
    nice :S
  • asfaltocaldo 5.3.2014
    yeah seems there's a common fil rouge among old myths, from Greece to Norway to Siberia to Africa
  • TitiVonTranz 5.3.2014
    I could go on - the Irish myths aren't that well known around the world, but the Tain ("Cattle Raid") is quite similar in some ways to the Iliad ;-)
  • asfaltocaldo 5.3.2014
    very interesting comment Titi
  • TitiVonTranz 5.3.2014
    Beautiful work, btw! XXX

    (Apologies for rambling below, but I was raised on these stories!)
  • TitiVonTranz 5.3.2014
    Cluich cach, uch caine cach, go roich Fer nDiad issin ath!

    All was sport, oh all was pleasure, until Fer Diad at the ford!

    Lament by Cu Chulainn on the death of his foster brother and best friend, Fer Diad; they were manipulated into fighting together, but neither could beat the other until Cu Chulainn used the Gae Bolga (means something like "expanding spear"). The death of his son was even sadder - the boy (Conlai) was raised by his mother in Scotland, and she was a warrior maiden who trained Cu Chulainn & Fer Diad. When Conlai was fully trained in combat by her, she sent him to live with his father in Ireland. She was worried that enemies might attack and kill the son of Cu Chulainn, so she told the boy not to tell anyone his name.

    When he landed in Ireland, the sentries wanted to know who he was - but he wouldn't say, so they attacked him & were defeated. None of the warriors could beat the boy until they sent Cu Chulainn, who killed him and then the boy finally told as he died!
  • Drachir 5.3.2014
    Cú; Chulainn
    Still he stands where the raven lands
    With Emer as his bride.
    The Legend of Cú; Chulainn flies across the land
    Like the spear of your fate
    Cú; Chulainn
  • asfaltocaldo 5.3.2014
    interesting story and original idea, clever use of shapes, great overall effect :-)
  • Fabiolars 5.3.2014
    Oh! Nice.
  • MrTerrorKiller 4.3.2014

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