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CLIP 7835

'Cúchulainn': The name (pt 2/5))

'Cúchulainn': The name (pt 2/5))
Key Info
  • 'Cúchulainn': The name (pt 2/5))
  • Duration: 04:26
  • The arrival and naming of a new puppy sets Granda off on the second part of his Cúchulainn story. Setanta is invited with his friends to a great feast but he starts to daydream and is left behind. By the time he arrives the feast has begun, the gates are locked and worse, the guard dog attacks him. Setanta kills the dog by driving a hurley ball (sliotar) down its throat. The host, Culann, the blacksmith is furious at the loss of the fiercest dog in Ireland. Setanta offers his services as replacement and is duly renamed, Cúchulainn, Culann's Hound. Part 3 can be found in clip 07836.
  • Subject:



    Stories: From Other Cultures

  • Keywords: legend, Irish, warrior, Hound of Ulster, Cúchulainn, Táin Bó Cúailnge, The Cattle Raid of Cooley
Ideas for use in class
  • What's in a name? Explain to your partner about your name; why did your parents choose that name for you? Does it have a special meaning? Do you have a nickname? How do you feel about that nickname? Names in stories or in history often tell us something about the person: (In Native American Indian culture - "Dances with wolves" or in our culture, surnames like Baker, Tailor or Thatcher explain a job in the past.) Setanta's name change explained something about him; think for a moment about a new name you might choose to tell people about the kind of person you are or would like to be? Explain to your partner.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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