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The 3 Daughters of King Coluath O'Hara - Page 30

Here we are, the last page. I think that this comic holds up, even though it was completed in 2003. It still gives me a good feeling to look at the shirt of the princess and see that the circle has been made whole.

Of course, the characters end up in Tir na n-Og, and we'll never see them again here on the upper earth, but their happiness cannot be disputed. But still, they have grown and changed. The husband is no longer a white dog half of his days, and the princess has her husband in the shape of a man both in the day and in the night.

The wording seems to suggest that they could leave Tir na n-Og if they felt like it, though.

Overall, it was a fun read. I discovered that I like, sometimes, to go back and read the old fairy tales and legends from Ireland. A bunch of books were written about Irish folklore starting around 1820 or so. It's an interesting mental game to try to imagine whether the stories about headless horsemen and trooping fairies were actual happenings and whether the stories are remnants of dealings with extra-dimensional entities. I kind of think they are.

Like for example, some of the stories talk about how the beings are smaller than us. What if, I thought, what if that's an illusion brought on by how our 3-dimensional vision interprets the light reflecting off of them? In the same way, for example, as the refractive surface of water distorts the perceived appearance and location of objects below it, the way in which our eyes perceive light information is befuddled by these extra-dimensional entities and we perceive them as smaller?

Maybe a little interesting? Or not.

Okay well be sure and stop by next week, okay? We'll have a brand new story or something, I'm pretty sure! Good bye!

Comic transcript

You're reading the last page from a comic book based on the ancient Irish Myth the Three daughters of King Coluath O'hara. The translation and story was from Jeremiah Curtin's book Irish Myths and Fairy Tales but don't go and spoil the comic by reading it. The first page of this story is here. Please let me know in the comments if you want to buy a copy and end the suspense, and if enough people want it then hey I'll publish it. Thanks!

After having secured the death of the Queen of Tir na n-Og, the husband kissed and embraced his faithful wife.

He gave a great feast. And when the feast was over, he burned the henwife with her house, built a palace for the washerwoman, and made his servant secretary. I'll point out here that the harsh punishment for the henwife does support the theory that the henwife isn't merely a woman who takes care of chickens but instead is a character similar to the wicked witch who lives in the forest. It is certainly odd, of course, that the henwife had daughters who got along well with the target of her animosity. Maybe this part of the story was something that got lost in translation as well over the thousands of years this story was told. Like, where's the henwife's husband? In any case, the two daughters of the henwife don't get mentioned again and perhaps there was an awkward conversation involved.

They never left Tir na n-Og, and are living there happily now. And so may we live here.

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