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Cuchulain carries Fediad across the river by E. Wallcousins [1905] (Public Domain Image)

The Cattle Raid of Cualnge

by L. Winifred Faraday


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This is a translation of a story cycle at the core of the saga of Cuchulainn, one of the masterpieces of Irish literature. Cuchulainn was the son of the God Lug and the daughter of the king of Ulster. Cuchulainn had the strength of Hercules, but was slow in gaining control over his powers, which turned him into a monster, leaving a trail of mayhem in his wake. At the age of seventeen, still beardless, Cuchulainn single-handedly repeals an invasion of Ulster by Queen Mebd of Connacht to steal the mythic bull Donn Cuailnge. Cuchulainn has parallels in other great sagas worldwide, such as the Mahabharata and the Iliad.

This was apparently one the first English translation of this story from the original manuscripts. This account and the rest of the 'Ulster Cycle' is widely retold (e.g. Lady Gregory's Cuchulain of Muirthemne).

Title Page
The Cattle-Raid of Cualnge
Cuchulainn's Boyish Deeds
The Death of Fraech
The Death of Orlam
The Death of the Meic Garach
The Death of the Squirrel
The Death of Lethan
The Death of Lochu
The Harrying of Cualnge
The Death of Etarcomol
The Death of Nadcrantail
The Finding of the Bull
The Death of Redg the Satirist
The Meeting of Cuchulainn and Findabair
The Combat of Munremar and Curoi
The Death of the Boys
The Woman-fight of Rochad
The Death of the Princes
The Death of Cur
The Number of the Feats
The Death of Ferbaeth
The Combat of Larine Mac Nois
The Conversation of the Morrigan with Cuchulainn
The Death of Loch Mac Emonis
The Healing of the Morrigan
The Death of the Boys (second version)
The Arming of Cuchulainn
Continuation (from the Yellow Book of Lecan)
The Combat of Fer Diad and Cuchulainn
The Long Warning of Sualtaim
The Muster of the Ulstermen
The Vision of Dubthach
The March of the Companies
The Muster of the Men of Ireland
The Battle on Garach and Irgarach
The Meeting of the Bulls
The Peace