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Jul 19, 2008

The great Bard Amergin finally steps onto Erin's soil

The Sons of Mil finally break through the magic of the Children of Danu and land on the shores of Erin. They demand recompense for the death of their kin and negotiations take place. Now it is up to the Tuatha De Danaan - will they fight, flee or come up with another plan? And yet, the great Bard Amergin also has a trick or two up his sleeve!

This episode is the 12th episode of the Irish Mythological Cycle. It is also the final part of the Lebor Gabala Erenn - the Book of Invasions of Ireland.

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Running Order:

  • Intro 0:41
  • News & Views 1:25
  • Story 2:35
  • Listener Feedback - Greg Lemon 19:45
  • Promo - The Wigglian Way 20:34
  • Promo - Mary Jones 21:10
  • The Song of Amergin 21:52

All the credits for this episode can be found in our show-notes at http://celticmythpodshow.com/irish12

We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

 

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News & Views

We warn people that their version of Episode 3 may be corrupt. If it is, please re-download this episode. Thank you. We also thank the eagle-eyed listener, Lowell, who spotted that the episode was corrupt. You can find all the ways to contact us on our Contact Us page.

 

The Song of Amergin - Episode 12 of the Irish Mythological Cycle and final part of the Book of Invasions

Names Used in this Story

Listed in order of appearance

  • Amergin
  • Sons of Mil
  • Erin
  • Inver Scene
  • Kenmare Bay
  • Munster
  • Slieve Mis
  • Tuatha De Danaan
  • Banba
  • MacCuill
  • Slieve Eibhline
  • Fodhla
  • MacCecht
  • Uisnech
  • Breogan
  • Eriu
  • MacGreine
  • Teamhair
  • Druim Cain
  • Liathdruim
  • Fir Bolg
  • Cermait Honey-mouth
  • Dagda
  • Ith
  • Eber Donn
  • Men of De
  • Ir
  • Sceig Michil
  • Eremon
  • Inver Colpa
  • Colpa
  • Bres
  • Buaigne
  • Eber
  • Buan
  • Bile
  • Dil
  • Donn
  • Scene
  • Fial
  • Lugaid
  • Muirthemne
  • Tethra
  • Lough Luigdech
  • sidhe-folk

 

Listener Feedback

Greg Lemon

We send out a Big Thank you to Greg Lemon of the Myth Show (now sadly pod-faded) for sending us a screen capture of our iTunes reviews and send out a shout to our reviewers. We finish off by discussing the Song of Amergin and thank Mary Jones for her help.

 

Promo - The Wigglian Way

Mojo and Sparrow

Mojo and Sparrow

A pagan podcast with plenty of informal discussion and information about paganism and witchcraft. The Wigglian Way is hosted by Mojo and Sparrow. They also have some great music.

 

Promo - Mary Jones Celtic Literature Collective

Mary Jones


Mary Jones, The Celtic Literature Collective is one of the best resources for ancient Celtic literature on the web.

 

The Song of Amergin - Lyrics


I am a wind in the sea
I am a sea-wave upon the land
I am the sound of the sea
I am a stag of seven combats
I am a hawk upon a cliff
I am a tear-drop of the sun
I am the fairest of flowers
I am a boar for valour
I am a salmon in a pool
I am a lake in a plain
I am the excellence of arts
I am a spear that wages battle with plunder.
I am a god who forms subjects
Who explains the stones of the mountains?
Who invokes the ages of the moon?
Where lies the setting of the sun?
Who bears cattle from the house of Tethra?
Who are the cattle of Tethra who laugh?
What man, what god forms weapons?
Indeed, then;
I invoked a poet... a poet of wind.

There are many different translations of The Song of Amergin, which is perhaps the best known piece of all ancient Celtic poetry. With great thanks to the inestimable Mary Jones for her enthusiasm and scholarship, we can present what is possibly the best translation of the earliest transcription.

Mary has also written and excellent and thought provoking piece about some of the symbolism in the poem which can be found along with some of the other translations that we found in our Resources section.

 

Sources used in this Episode

Gods and Fighting Men, Lady Gregory, Sacred Texts and Chap. 10

The Book of Invasions, Mary Jones

The History of Ireland, Geoffrey Keating, Google Books

The Song of Amergin, All About Irish

The Song of Amergin, Amergin.net

The History of Ireland, Geoffrey Keating, Books I-II, CELT

The Book of Leinster, CELT

And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!

 

Special Thanks

For voice acting:

Edward, our son, as Eber Donn. Esther, our daughter, as Banba. Estelle, our daughter-in-law, as Fodhla and Matt Howard, our friend,  as the Three Kings of the Tuatha De Danaan.

 

For incidental music:

Jo Morrison for her wonderful harp music used in this episode as the Dagda's Harp. You can find her website here. The track we use here as the bardic accompaniment is Chiorsdain's Lullaby. See the Contributor page for details.

Diane Arkenstone, The Secret Garden . See the Contributor page for details.

Kim Robertson, Angels in Disguise . See the Contributor page for details.

Time Ticks Away by Jigger. See their Contributor Page for details.


For our Theme Music

The Skylark and Haghole, the brilliant Culann's Hounds. See their Contributor page for details.

 

Extra Special Thanks for Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music

(in Alphabetic order)

Anne Roos Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.

Caera Extra Special thanks go for permission to any of her evocative harping and Gaelic singing to Caera. You can find out more about Caera on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Celia Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of her wonderful music to Celia Farran. You can find out more about Celia on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Damh the Bard Extra Special thanks go to Damh the Bard for his permission to use any of his music on the Show. You can find out more about Damh (Dave) on his website or on his Contributor page.

The Dolmen Extra Special thanks also go to The Dolmen, for their permission to use any of their fantastic Celtic Folk/Rock music on the Show. You can find out more about The Dolmen on their website or on our Contributor page.

Keltoria Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Kevin Skinner Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of his superb music to Kevin Skinner. You can find out more about Kevin on his website or on his Contributor page.

Phil Thornton Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of his astounding ambient music to the Sonic Sorcerer himself, Phil Thornton. You can find out more about Phil on his website or on his Contributor Page.

S.J. Tucker Extra Special thanks go to Sooj for her permission to use any of her superb music. You can find out more about Sooj on her website or on her Contributor page.

Spiral Dance Extra Special thanks go for permission to use Adrienne and the band to use any of their music in the show. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor page.

We'd like to wish you 'Slán Go Foill!', which is Irish for 'Goodbye', or more literally 'Wishing you safety for a while'!

 


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