A Group of Old Authors
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...was finally lost to view. " After another long interval of sailing the ship came to an island where people were playing and laughing, and here the third foster-brother landed and disappeared. "The spell which bound the voyagers is now broken, and they soon reach a lonely rock inhabited by a hermit, clothed only in his long white hair. He has been fed with salmon, by an otter, for seven years. Now other food is brought him by unseen hands. He tells Maelduin that the man who killed Ailill will be found, but that he must be forgiven. "Soon appears a bird like the falcon of Ireland. This leads them once more to the island of the fortresses. Again the voices are heard. One says, --'And what if Maelduin should come now?' ' Great welcome to him, if he come, ' says the chief of the house, ' he hath been for a long space in much tribulation.' Hearing this Maelduin strikes upon the door crying, 'Maelduin is here.' And he and his companions are made greatly welcome. They are newly clothed, and relate all the marvels they have encountered." The similarity between "The Navigation of Maelduin" and "The Voyage of Brendan" has given rise to interesting questions and to much discussion. Some scholars have agreed to think that many of the incidents of the Maelduin are derived from the Brendan. Others, and these the greater number, consider the Maelduin the earlier, and the Brendan based upon it. Study of the various manuscript copies and versions of the poems has been exhaustive and inconclusive. But a comparison of the incidents of the stories leads clearly to the conclusion that the Maelduin is, in reality, the earlier, and that the Brendan is a monkish adaptation of it. Modified, for example, from the Maelduin seem to be Brendan's desire to search for an unknown...
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