Questions tagged [ulster-cycle]

For questions about a body of Irish mythology dealing with traditional heroes of the Ulaid (Ulster), also known as the Red Branch Cycle.

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Aoife and Cu Chulainn

In the Irish legend, did Aoife ultimately win or lose the duel with Cu Chulainn? Is it true that Cu Chualainn fell in love with Aoife?
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Who was the swift woman from from Irish Mythology described as having backward knees?

This question got me thinking about the Irish depiction of legs in mythology. I remember one woman, in particular, from (I believe) the Ulster Cycle, described as having backward legs, similar to a ...
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Citations for Fragarach in Irish Mythology?

Wikipedia has a short page on the truth-discerning sword Fragarach, passed from Lugh to Cúchulainn, and subsequently to Conn Cétchathach. It's been a while since I last read the the Ulster Cycle so I ...
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Why does Cuchulainn lash himself to a standing stone with his guts?

I mean it’s totally badass, dying on your feet and still cutting off a man’s hand after you’re dead, but is there more to it than that?
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Is there any significance to Baile's Strand as the setting for Cúchulainn's duel with his son?

Particularly geographical, historical, folkloric or linguistic connections. I certainly can't find any such location on the map although there are a few coastal towns in Ulster that begin with "...
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Where are the three Maels of Meath?

The Tain fairly often specifies specific geographical locations as the settings for its events. In the final battle of the Tain, Fergus is convinced to turn from the battle and expend his anger on ...
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How could Cuchulainn yield to Fergus?

This is closely related to a previous question: Why couldn't Cuchulainn yield to Ferdiad (or vice versa)? It seems clear from the answer there that Cuchulainn would be bound to fight to defend ...
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Why couldn't Cuchulainn yield to Ferdiad (or vice versa)?

Earlier in the Tain Bo Cuailnge, Fergus Mac Roich and Cuchulainn meet for single combat. At this time, Fergus makes an arrangement with Cuchulainn, that if Cuchulainn yeilds to him in their single ...
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Why isn't Súaltam disabled by Macha's curse?

In the Táin Bó Cúailnge, the men of Ulster are disabled by a curse placed upon them by Macha to feel her labor pains in their hour of greatest need, thus disabling them when the army of Connacht ...
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Why isn't Loeg disabled by Macha's curse?

In the Táin Bó Cúailnge, the men of Ulster are disabled by a curse placed upon them by Macha to feel her labor pains in their hour of greatest need, thus disabling them when the army of Connacht ...