Tyranny of the Awus

Latest post 12-20-2016 10:53 by tonyd. 2 replies.
  • 12-14-2016 12:41

    • tonyd
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    Tyranny of the Awus

     Jeremiah Curtin in his Hero Tales of Ireland in his tale: Cud, Cad and Micad: Three Sons of the King of Urhu includes a clan of villains/tyrants/ogres called Awus. In one sense it is odd they have a name usually villains are generic fathach, gruagach or Fomoire.

    The closest phonetic equivalent I can find is athúll (potato apple) the poisonous fruit of the potato plant that appears in certain weather conditions. Despite the heroes' adventures there is a constant sub text on food. Is anyone aware of any lore in relation to the athúll? Equally Awus could be something completely different.

    I bhfad iallach orthu ar aon chúnamh,

    Tony D.

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  • 12-19-2016 15:17 In reply to

    • otuathail
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    Re: Tyranny of the Awus

    Hi Tony,

    I'm not familiar with the tale and have never heard of a clan of villains called Awus. But there is a word abhas (with variant amhas) which could be phoenetically similar to awus depending how awus is meant to be pronounced (not much stress on the u I would guess).

    Dinneen's defines abhas as mercenary soldier, a fierce, violent man and amhas as a mercenary soldier, or a wild ungovernable man, a madman, a beast, a glutton or a monster.

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  • 12-20-2016 10:53 In reply to

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    Re: Tyranny of the Awus

    As always I think you're right, the 'us' is no doubt soft and not hard.

    What I'm working on is part 2 in a discussion of the fairy tales in the aftermath of famines, or similar disasters. Famine and the Fairy Tale I was part 1. All of your comments have been very helpful and I would like to acknowledge this in the introductory note at the beginning if you did not mind. If you look at miotas.org you will see I'm a bit off with the fairies but the first part I purposely proofed through Trinity (MPhil thesis) to ensure reasonable method and rigour. The second part is shorter and I will publish it in January. 

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