Enchanted Land of Shee by LisaB1982

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									The Enchanted Land Of Shee

A Story from the Táin

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On his journey back to Ireland,Cuchulainn could’nt stop thinking of Emer. When he reached her fathers castle,he shouted for joy. It alarmed all the birds and animals around, but it also alarmed Emer’s father, Forgall. He didn’t like Cuchulainn. He orderd the guards to lock the gates.

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He took Emer up a tower. Cuchualain tried to enter, but the gates were locked. He roared out“ Emer!”, But her father clasped his hands over her face. One of the guards shouted at Cuchulainn:”Go away!” He started walking away slowly.”

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He is leaving!”Forgall whispered to Emer. Cuchulainn turned around and crouched down. All the muscles in his body started to ripple. Suddenly he leaped over the gates, and landed in the centre of the courtyard. “Kill him!”,Forgall shouted angrily.

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Twelve guards rushed into the yard , but he killed them all easily.”EMER!”, he called out again. Emer broke free from her fathers grip, and ran down to the door of the tower. Cuchulainn ran over to her. But Forgall thought he was coming to kill him and he escaped by climbing out the window. His foot slipped and he plunged to his death.

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More guards went for Cuchulainn but he took Emer and made a salmon leap over the gates. He put her in the chariot and rode away to Eman Macha. Conor gave him a great welcome. He announced that he was going to marry Emer. Shortly afterwards they were married and there was a great feast. Cuchulainn and Emer went to live in a place called Dun Dealgan.

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They were very happy and their love for each other grew greater every year. Then one day something very strange happened. Cuchulainn had gone hunting deer with two companions. They saw a stag in a wood. He said: “This will make a fine prize”. The animal ran away and they ran after it.

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Although Cuchulainn was fast, the stag was faster then him.  They followed the deer for a while. It lead them to a vally near the mountains.  Cuchulainn raised his spear but the stag suddenly vanished in front of his eyes.  Everybody started looking around for the deer but it began to get dark.

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Somebody wanted to go home, but Cuchulainn said “No, it’s too late, let’s camp here for the night.” During the night, Cuchulainn had a dream. Two banshees came to him. In his dream, the banshees hit him with rods. When he woke up, he felt ill and sore. His companions asked him did he want to go home but he just said he was fine.

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He said he wanted to go to the druids at Eamon Macha, they would cure him.  When they got there the druids tried all their remedies but couldn`t cure him.  After a few weeks a person came to him and told him to return to the place where he had the dream and he would be cured.  He asked his charioteer Leag to take him to the place and leave him there alone.

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While he was there, another stranger came to him. She asked him to go to the land of shee to help the queen against three evil kings. Cuchulainn hesitated because he wanted to stay with Emer. She told him that he could regain full strength, so he decided to go; but on one condition. The charoiteer had to go there first.

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He jumped and ran after Leag. After that, he went to Emer to explain. She did not want him to go, for she loved him. But he had promised the stranger. When Leag came back, he was full of praise for the The Land of Shee. Cuchulainn asked him what the queen was like. Again he was full of praise for her.

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Leag told him that the queen had ordered Cuchulainn to go to her land as soon as posible. Cuchulainn went out to Emer in the garden. Emer put a geas on him to make sure that he would come back to her in a month. So Cuchulainn went off to the land of Shee and met the queen. And she told him to go out and fight the three kings.

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Even though the kings were strong and wise, he defeated them and cut off their heads. When he told the queen what had happened, she made him an offer. “Stay here with me forever!” So Cuchulainn stayed for weeks and forgot about Emer. But two days before the month was up, he remembered Emer.

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He told Fann (the queen) that he must return. But he promised to meet her on the Strand of the Yew Tree. Emer was delighted when he returned, but soon she sensed that something was wrong. She went to sit under her favourite tree to think. Soon the tree whispered to her. “Cuchulainn is in love with Fann and is meeting her again.

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So when Cuchulainn went out to meet Fann, Emer folowed. She was going to kill Fann. She watched jealousley as Cuchulainn embraced her. “KILL HER!” Emer shouted. Fann trembled when she saw them coming. Cuchulainn felt her trembling. He jumped out of the chariot and asked Emer what she was doing,

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“She is taking you away from me.”Emer said. “I love her”Cuchulainn said. “You loved me once too”.Emer shouted. “I STILL DO.” Cuchulainn said, coming closer to Emer. When Fann heard this she began to cry. Her husband Mananaan heard her as she wept. He came to her in an invisible cloak so that only Fann could see him.

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“Will you come back with me to the Land of Shee or will you stay here with Cuchulainn, Mananaan asked.  I will come back with you for Cuchulainn has another woman and loves her very much, with that she and her husband left.  Cuchulainn still loved Fann and when he saw she was gone he went up the mountains to look for her.
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He didn’t eat or drink for days. Emer got worried and went to King Conor who sent some druids to the mountains to get him back. After searching for a while they found him and gave him a potion to make him forget about Fann. When they came back they gave Emer the same potion. They lived together for the rest of their lives and never let their love grow apart again.

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