Cuchulainn and Ferdia Picture

Cuchulainn and Ferdia, two great Celtic heroes.

During the Táin Bó Cúailnge, ["the driving-off of cows of Cooley" is a legendary tale from early Irish literature. It tells of a war against Ulster by the Connacht queen Medb and her husband Ailill, who intend to steal the stud bull Donn Cuailnge, opposed only by the Ulster [hero] Cuchulainn], Ferdia finds himself on opposite sides to his best friend Cuchulainn.
They fight in the ford for three days, until Ferdia gets the upper hand.
Cúchulainn calls to his charioteer for the Gáe Bolga [a terrible barbed spear, thrown with the foot, that has to be cut out of its victim] which he floats down the river to him. Cúchulainn throws a light spear at Ferdia's chest, causing him to raise his shield, and then picks up the Gáe Bolga, killing him. The ford where he died is named Áth Fhirdiad (Ferdia's ford, modern Baile Átha Fhirdhia or Ardee, County Louth) after him.
{from Wikipedia}

Ferdia, dead by their deceit,
our last meeting I lament.
You are dead and I must live
to mourn my everlasting loss.
I loved the noble way you blushed,
and loved your fine, perfect form.
I loved your blue clear eye,
your way of speech, your skillfulness.
When we were beyond the sea,
Scathach's and Uathach's pupils,
who thought of such pale lips
or a weapon-struggle between us?

I love the relationship between Cuchulainn and Ferdia very much.
Their last meeting was really a tragedy.
Poor sweet Ferdia, and poor Cuchulainn.

"Everthing I say" Cuchulainn cried,
"Is larger far than life itself".
But Ferdia just grinned and shook his
golden hair.

"And everything I do is ringed about
With fantasy". But Ferdia just laughed
And shook his silver spear and fell to
battle again.

"Every step I take" Cuchulainn cried,
"is measured out in centuries".
But Ferdia just laughed and shook his
golden mane.

"And now I must make my stand; for
your death
Is my destiny".
But Ferdia just laughed
And shook his silver spear and fell to
battle again.

The Tain
Ferdia's Song , Gae Bolga
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