18. The Slaying of Oengus son of Oenlam

By Mythopedia Staff
Translated by Joseph Dunn1914

Then it was that a very bold young warrior of the Ulstermen came nigh the hosts; his bye-name was Oengus son of Oenlam Gabè (‘the One-handed Smith’). And he drove the hosts before him from Moda Loga, which at that time was called Lugmud, to Ath da Fert (‘the Ford of the Two Gravemounds’) in Sliab Fuait. And he suffered them not to go by, but he showered them with stones.

What scholars say is: If Oengus son of Oenlam Gabè had fought them in single combat, two-thirds of the host would have fallen before that by him in single battle at Emain Macha. Howbeit it was by no means so that they acted, but they attacked him from ambush on every side, till he fell at their hands in unequal fight at Ath da Fert in Sliab Fuait.

Táin Bó Cúailnge
English translation by Joseph Dunn (1914)
Cover: Táin Bó Cúailnge trans. Joseph Dunn (1914)