Stories, Myths and Legends

Cúchulainn's first battle

One day Cúchulainn overheard Cathbad the druid of King Conchobar mac Nessa giving instruction in the lore of druidism, and one of his pupils asked what day would be propitious.  He answered that any young man taking arms that day would gain a greater name and reputation than any other hero, but that his life would be short.   Cúchulainn immediately asked King Conchobar for a chariot and some weapons, declaring that the druid had predicted this day as a day for the arming of a hero.

On this his first day of bearing arms he killed three champions who had long harassed the warriors of Ulster and brought back their heads to the hall of the King.  At this time he was reputedly just seven years old.

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