Thursday, 24 February 2011

The things a reconstructionist does when held in captivity...

Things haven't been going quite according to plan lately...

On my last trip to the library I picked up a few articles, one of which was John Carey's The Name 'Tuatha Dé Danann.' This was in an effort to tackle the whole issue of where Danu (technically, *Danu) fits in to the whole scheme of the gods, as well as the Tuatha Dé Danann themselves; I've seen plenty of other writers talking about Carey's arguments from the article, so I wanted to look at it myself. So while I was making a hurried library run, I photocopied it, got home, and found that of all the five pages of the article, I'd got the first page, and then the final page twice. Not the middle two pages.

Arse.

So on Saturday I decided I needed to go back to the library to get some more bits and pieces anyway, return some books, and get the rest of Carey's article. In the end I didn't go, because there was quibbling about whether or not we were going over to the in-laws the next day, and I could go to the library then if that was the case, and eventually it was too late to be worth the train journey into Glasgow. I was also desperately looking for a book I needed to take back, which I still can't find, and have a horrid feeling that I might have accidentally thrown it into the recycling bin with a bunch of random bits of paper that were sat on the kitchen sideboard...

As it happened, it was a good thing I didn't go, because that afternoon my back completely gave out and I haven't been anywhere since. I can just about walk now, though. Being semi-crippled and slightly tripping on the lovely drugs the doctor's given me (that are supposed to help but aren't), I've had plenty of time on my hands, and plenty of reason to look for distractions. I've been working my way through a book I saw recommended on the Nemeton list, and I've had a stab at another article which is now published on the website:

The Gods in Scotland

When I started it, I was intending to tack it on to the end of the Gods of Landscape and Lore article, because really it's along the same lines. It quickly became apparent that my usual blethering and awesome map-making skills were going to make the article too long to be able to do that, so a completely new article it is.

It's not one of my prouder efforts, I don't think (maybe it's the drug haze...). I can't help but feel it raises more questions than it answers, but I've exhausted all possible avenues of research that I have to hand just now, and it is what it is (as it were). I'm hoping that eventually I'll find some pointers to help flesh things out a bit (any suggestions welcome), but as it stands at the moment, what you see is all I've got. I think once I get onto the issue of tackling the Good Folk and where they fit in to the scheme of things, I might have more to go on.

For now, I'm hoping that now I've got this one out of the way, I can get round my writer's block for the article I was originally working on...It's given me a more solid idea about the issue of how the gods fit into the landscape but aren't (necessarily) strictly tied to it, though. I'm wary of over-emphasising that at the moment, so hopefully that's something I'll be able to articulate in the next one, and balance things out a little in that respect. Possibly after my back gets better, because the drugs aren't working and I'm hoping for something a little more effective when I see the doctor later today...

4 comments:

Erynn said...

I thought this had some good info in it, despite your haze. I popped over to the Dagda article and was deeply disappointed to see the author succumbing to the "all-father" gaffe for "ollathair" when he had the source texts in his very own article using the proper "great-father" translation. It was definitely a headdesk moment, but a pretty good article nonetheless.

BTW, I plugged your blog in my Living a CR Path session at PantheaCon this past weekend!

Tairis said...

Thanks and thanks! I hope the talk went well, I wish I could've been there. I don't tend to have much to do with the local pagan scene these days, but conferences and such tend to be very Wicca-centric, with maybe a nod to heathenry and the like, but not much else. It would be nice to see something that's more diverse.

I was under the impression that the article was by Celticelk on lj? I'm not sure...I have a few quibbles with it (and did notice the All-father bit), but to be honest it was the only source I could find that confirmed the 'horseman' translation of Eochaid. I could probably find it in a book somewhere around the house, but that involves getting up :}

Treasa said...

Fantastic articles as usual, dear! And if I'm not mistaken, I could have swore that Daithi (forgive the lack of fadas, on a laptop) talks about the horsemen in regards to Eochaid in his The Lore of Ireland... I might be mistaken though.

And yes, I believe you are correct about Celticelk being the author.

Tairis said...

Ah thanks Treasa, I'll dig the book out when I can be bothered to haul my arse upstairs at some point...