The Combat of Lug and Balor: Discourses of Power in Irish Myth and Folktale
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"Over the past millennium, and probably much longer, the combat of Lug and Balor has been told and retold, written and rewritten, revised constantly in order to present in fictive form the key political and economic configurations of the day, and to demonstrate that even invasion and cultural imperialism can be resisted. The validity of the narrative, for those who tell it, is borne out by its inscription in the very landscape of Ireland and in each place name that, as Seamus Heaney puts it, "succinctly marries the legendary and the local" (1980:131). Volatile imagination informs the solid rock. To quote Henry Glassie, "History makes the locality rich. Its names become cracks through which to peek into excitement . . . , a way to make the small place enormous, complete, inhabitable, worth defending" (1982:664)."--Taken from final paragraph.
Oral Tradition, 7/1 (1992): 143-149.
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