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Ryan Averbukh Professor Nagy, Eng. 111A Question #4 In the story of the Tain, a lot of the events that occur are based on a mutual decision between fellow warriors. One of the most important relationships in the story is between Cuchulainn and Laeg. Young Cuchulainn is an unstoppable machine but without the guidance of others, he is bound to experience some type of error. With Laeg as his charioteer, Cuchulainn is able to maintain his elite position as a warrior and simultaneously be provided with guidance for how to best approach a situation. One of Laeg’s most important contributions is helping this young warrior size up the opponent’s army. Although this does not sound like a tremendous feat, it allows Cuchulainn to prepare his assault accordingly: “I have made up a count now. There are eighteen troops of three thousand here, as I count them, but it has been divided out among the whole army (T, 72).” By doing this, Laeg has steered Cuchulainn away from potential danger and given him the opportunity to go around the armies and block their paths by placing a tree fork in the road. Laeg’s presence creates a type of cushion for Cuchulainn that gives
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