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1001 Stories Collection

The Boyhood of Cú Chulainn

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Added on 22nd September 2020

Oral tradition Irish legend

UK and Ireland Action and adventure Folk and fairy tales
1001

The boyhood of one of the great heroes of Irish legend.

Story

Born with the name Sétanta, as a child Cú Chulainn gains his new name when he kills a ferocious guard dog. He grows up to be a fearsome warrior, fighting against whole armies by himself and facing many challenges along the way. There is a prophecy stating that he will have great fame but his life will be short.

Why we chose it

Cú Chulainn is one of the great heroes of Irish legends.

Where it came from

Cú Chulainn is one of the main characters in the Ulster Cycle, a series of Irish myths and legends dating back to the 1st century. It is one of four great Irish story cycles and it is written in Old and Middle Irish. The 7th Century bard, Sechan Torpeist revived the stories.

Where it went next

The superhero Irish Wolfhound, who features in Marvel comics, is based on The Hound of Ulster.

Associated stories

Cú Chulainn’s trials and battles are similar to those faced by the Greek hero Hercules. The Irish hero’s ability to transform into a monster when he needs to fight is also similar to the shapeshifting nature of The Incredible Hulk.

Added on 22nd September 2020

Oral tradition Irish legend

UK and Ireland Action and adventure Folk and fairy tales
1001