who is in Derry. And Oscar told that to Bran, and Bran
understood, and stole round to the back part of the army
where Fionn might not see him; then he bounded away to
Derry and thrust his head into Diarmids bosom as he lay
At that Diarmid awoke an
Oscar, the son of Ossian, and others who are your friends.
Come out, and none will do you hurt.
I will not open the door until I find out where Fionn
himself is. And so it befel at six of the doors, and
Diarmid would not open them, lest his friends should
to Turpin, and till I am dead I will never leave you. Let
them strike as hard as they will; Durendal knows how to
Shame be upon every man who does not fight his best,
answered the Archbishop, for this is our last battle.
Charles draws near, a
But Angus, the foster-father of Diarmid, knew in what
straits his foster-son was, and he stole secretly to the place
where Diarmid was hidden with Grania, and asked him
what he had done to bring his head into such danger.
This, said Diarmid; Grania, the d
length the Archbishop tottered and fell. But they had not
slain him yet: with a mighty struggle he rose to his feet
and looked round for Roland. I am not conquered yet,
he said; a brave man dies but never surrenders. Then
with his good sword he rushed int
to do? Under a pine tree he laid himself down to die, his
head resting on the green grass, his face turned towards
the Infidels. Beneath him he placed Durendal and his
horn. Alone on the mountain, looking towards Spain, he
made the confession of his sins,
told her. May you be kept safely, answered Grania; lie
down again. So Diarmid lay down, but no sleep would
come to him, and by-and-by he heard the hounds voice
again, but again Grania kept him from seeking it. This
time he fell into a deep slumber, and a
I may not do you treachery, replied Diarmid, therefore I
tell you I will have them by fair means or foul.
The giant having heard that, stood up and dealt Diarmid
three mighty strokes with his club, so that he staggered.
Then, flinging down his weapons, he
and flung his magic mantle over himself and Grania, and
they passed out and no man knew aught of them till they
reached the river Boyne.
When they were safely gone, Diarmid, son of ODowd,
spoke from the top of the tree. I will go down to you, O
to their ships. And they returned the next morning and
renewed the fight, but Diarmid vanquished them, and
binding them fast, left them where they were. For he
knew that there were only four men in the world that
could loose them.
After this Diarmid calle
but for Ossian and for Oscar, and for the rest of my
faithful comrades. And you shall lack me sorely yet, O
I am near of kin to you, O Fionn, said Oscar, but you
shall not do Diarmid this wrong. Further, I swear that
were any other prince in the wo
Well then, replied the Druid, it is to ask you for wife
that he is come.
I marvel, said Grania, that it is not for Ossian that he
asks me. For my father himself is not as old as Fionn.
But tell me, I pray you, who is that softly spoken man
with the curlin
Not so, O son of Dowd, said Grania, and I will tell you
One day the King of Erin held a muster on the great plain
of Tara, and Fionn and his seven battalions were there.
And a goaling match was played, and all took part, save
only the King, and
the hound at bay. And when he had slain the hound, he
departed after Diarmid and Grania.
Then the second hound was loosened, and Diarmid waited
till he came close, so that he could take sure aim; and he
cast his javelin into the hound and it fell dead lik
without ears or tail, and that it was by him that you should
fall at last?
No, I knew nothing of these things, but for all that I will
not leave the mountain, answered Diarmid. And Fionn
went his way, and Diarmid stood alone on the top. It was
to slay me
Roland. But he was too weak from the blood he had lost
to reach the river, and he fell where he stood. Pardon for
my sins, he said, and died, the servant of God and of
Charles. The cry was heard by Roland, who was slowly
coming back to life, and he rose t
they gave thanks to Diarmid and left him, and he and
Grania went to sleep on the top of the tree where the
sweetest berries grew.
The children of Moirna reached Fionn, and bowed before
him. We have slain the giant, said they, and have
brought you the berr
will have no common man to deal with if you meet
Diarmid, whom but yesterday I saw.
Well, no one has been found yet, said they.
Is there wine in your ships? asked Diarmid.
There is, answered they.
If you would bring a tun of it here, I would do a trick fo
him to-day, answered Diarmid, and thereupon he laid his
weapons on the ground and bounded upwards upon his
javelin, coming down lightly beyond the host.
If you call that a feat, then you have never seen a feat,
said a young warrior of the green Fenians fo
I am Deirdre, the witch-messenger of Fionn, and he has
sent me to look for you.
We know not who the man was, answered they, but his
hair was black and curly, and his countenance ruddy. And
he has bound our three chiefs, so that we cannot loose
helmet. This blow restored Roland to his senses, and he
sat upright. My friend, said he, why have you done
this? I am Roland, who loves you well, and never did I
think you could lift your hand against me.
I hear you, answered Oliver, I hear you speak, but
they found him with Grania. Who are you? asked
We are Aod and Angus of the Clan Moirna, said Aod,
and it is your head that we seek, Diarmid, son of
ODowd. For Fionn will either have that, or a handful of
berries from the quicken tree.
it, and he was cut in half. After that others tried, but none
jumped that sword and lived. Have you any tidings of
the son of ODowd? asked the rest at last.
I have seen him that saw him to-day, answered Diarmid.
I will seek tidings of him to-night. And he
his touch the Count was brought back to consciousness.
He felt his sword being taken from him, and with his
horn, which was always beside him, he struck the
Saracen such a blow on his helmet that he dropped
Durendal, and sank dead to the earth. Coward, sa
Go, answered the Archbishop, but do not stay long.
Thanks be to God, the victory remains with you and me.
Alone Roland searched the battle-field; he went up the
sides of the mountains, he descended into the plains, and
everywhere he saw the dead faces of
It is the counsel of us all, said they.
Then Diarmid bade them farewell, and went to the top of
the Fort, and put the shafts of his two javelins under him,
and rose like a bird into the air, and found himself on the
plain where Grania met him. I trow, O G
vow that even if the children of Moirna go not after those
berries, I will never rest in my bed till I have eaten them.
Force me not to break faith with the giant, answered
Diarmid, for he would not give them me more readily for
Loose our bonds, sai
King of Erin that they had come to know his thoughts as
to a marriage between his daughter and Fionn, son of
There is not the son of a king or of a great prince, a hero
or a champion in the whole of Erin, answered Cormac,
whom my daughter has no
the stag-hound from Fionns hand and put it into Granias,
and then followed after the Fenians.
When they had gone, Grania uttered a loud and grievous
cry that was heard far round, so that the people came to
her and asked her what was the matter, and when s
host, said he, for Diarmid it was who slew your father
and two brothers and many of your men besides.
That is so, answered the King, and I will give you my
two sons, with a thousand men to each of them. Joyful
was Fionn to hear this, and he departed with