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Cu Chulainn, the Hound of Culann
Some weeks later Culann, the Smith, invited the king to his home. He asked the king not to bring to many people with him as he only had a small holding. As the king was leaving with fifty chariots he saw Setanta on the shinty pitch, single handily defeating the other 150 boys. Pleased with his strength and courage he called him over and invited him to Culann's feast.

Setanta wanted to finish his game of shinty so he promised to follow, but by the time that the king and his entourage and arrived at Culann's holding he had already been forgotten.

So when Culann asked if there were anymore to come, Conchobar replied that there weren't, so Culann instructed his servants to release the hound that protected his land.

Later Setanta arrived, but he took no notice of the snarling dog. It was then, when they heard the barking of the dog, that the king remembered his nephew but there was nothing they could do.

When the dog attacked Setanta he killed it. Everyone was glad that Setanta survived, but the smith was sad because the dog had protected holding.

Setanta took the place of the hound while he raised the hound's pup to do the job of protecting the holding.

And in reply Cathbad, druid and father of Conchobar, renamed him Cu Chulainn, Hound of Culann.

Category: The Saga of Cu Chulainn | Added by: obiflo (22 October 10)
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