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Posted By: keberoxu
12-Feb-20 - 07:03 PM
Thread Name: the literary controversy over Ossian
Subject: RE: the literary controversy over Ossian
Another thought for robomatic.

These epic myths from the Gaelic -- some of them honestly
older than Gaelic itself, more like old Irish which is a different language --
have their place in Scotland as well as Ireland.
It's true that one well-known group of accounts is called
the Ulster cycle, and with good reason.

On the other hand, consider Deirdre of the Sorrows, one of the most infamous of the myths.
The beginning of the tragedy, and its end,
both take place in Ireland.
And yet the action itself moves to Scotland at one point, as
Deirdre, her beloved, and her beloved's brothers
travel there at one point,
and Deirdre herself pronounces a very emotional lyric
when taking her farewell of Scotland
and heading back to Ireland,
where they all know the tragedy will reach its fated end.

Where does one go to get the original tales? asked robomatic.
That's worthy of another thread in itself --
and well outside my expertise!

I wonder if there are some elderly Mudcat threads on the subject.