"Captures the essence of this insightful poem"
Conaire Mor's mother is an elf princess who marries the
king of Erin. The altruistic monarch permits his stepson
to foster with three sons of loyal warriors. The foursome
become quite tight as friends pulling pranks and capers
until the monarch dies. Conaire is named king over his
His former buddies resent the anointing of Conaire and
abuse the power of being associated with him by ravaging
the country. Though he knows he should put them to death,
Conaire is averse to harming his childhood friends. Out of
control their petty jealousy forces a reluctant Conaire to
banish them to Scotland for the good of his subjects.
However, the trio joins other looters to continue to
plunder Erin with their goal to destroy their former pal.
Though well done in performing the difficult task
of "translating" an epic poem written during medieval times
in "Old Irish" into English, the tale loses some of its
imagery and lyrics. Still Randy Lee Eickhoff captures the
essence of this insightful poem that focuses on the varying
perspectives providing a full look at the same event.
Different eyes paint relatively different panoramas. This
is a strong transliteration, but it fails to match the easy
flow of Seamus Heaney's Beowulf rendition, making THE
DESTRUCTION OF THE INN more for fans of Irish historical
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 23, 2002