Wednesday, September 07, 2005


UI's Celtic Mythology - Laeg

Laeg was Cuchulainn's charioteer. The Celts were renowned in the ancient world for their skill in handling chariots on the battlefield, and Laeg's skill was crucial to many of Cuchulainn's victories. He was also a great friend and companion. When Fand invited Cuchulainn to the Land of Promise, he sent Laeg before him to survey the place. During Cuchulainn's final and mortal combat, Laeg threw himself in front of a spear aimed at his master. Id, Laeg's brother, was charioteer to Conall Caernach.

Just a thought, but wouldn't it have been more heroic for Cuchulainn to have surveyed the Land of Promise himself? You have to feel a bit sorry for Laeg being sent to check if everything is alright for Cuchulainn!


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