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Cormac’s Adventures in the Otherworld – The Texts

Illustration of a medieval king holding a cup

In the podcast episode, we were working off three main texts:

The Twelve Ordeals includes the descriptions of various means for telling truth from falsehood, describes many things decided at Cormac’s Feast of Tara, his adventure in the Land of Promise, and a court case through which Cormac obtained his sword.

Download or view the text as a .rtf file by clicking here: Cormacs Cup and The Twelve Ordeals – W Stokes

Lady Gregory included the story of Cormac’s Adventures in the Land of Promise (the story of Cormac’s Cup) in “Gods and Fighting Men”. She includes it as a chapter in her section on Manannán Mac Lír.

Download or view the text as a .rtf file by clicking here: Cormac in the Land of Promise – Lady Gregory

Standish O’Grady published a later version of the story of how Cormac got his cup. The biggest differences between this and the earlier versions is the interpretation of the visions and Cormac’s attitude to the request for his family in exchange for the Silver Branch. Shocking!

Download or view the text as a .rtf file by clicking here: Cormacs Cup – Standish H OGrady

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