OOP Re: [ANSTHRLD] Onamastics Question: Darthula

Mór inghean Chathail mor_chathail at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 30 08:11:16 PDT 2003

Unto Lady Rosamund Blaunchflur, Greetings!
Here is the information I have found so far...  there is a Dirge by Brahms listed on this page http://www.mjq.net/brahms/JBlist.htm   called Darthula's Dirge
and http://www.linley.com/tlinley.htm   has the following quoted information:
"... The text is adapted from 'Dar-thula a Poem', published by James Macpherson in his 1765 'edition' of The Works of Ossian the Son of Fingal. We now know that Ossian's remarkable prose-poems are largely by Macpherson rather than by a Celtic bard, but at the time they caused a sensation and inspired much of the literature of the early Romantic movement particularly in Germany where they were set by Schubert, Loewe and others; Linley may well have been the first English composer to set Ossian. According to Macpherson's 'argument', Darthula (or Deidre) was the lover of Nathos, one of the three sons of Usnoth, Lord of Etha (in modern Argyll) who had successfully campaigned in Ireland against the usurper Cairbar. ..."
And, as the romance movement may have been very popular during the latter half of the 19th century, many Darthulas may have sprung up, similar to all the Brittanys and such today...
The poem and notes (in Italian) can be found here...
Search the left hand frame for Darthula... Apparently she was known as Darthula, the woman of the beautiful eyes.
These are assumptions on my part, but the items seem to show this direction....
Lady Mór inghean Chathail
Barony of Caerthe, Outlands

Kathy Herndon <northkeep_herald at ansteorra.org> wrote:
I'm wondering if anyone knows the origin of the name Darthula. I'm 
not trying to document it as period, just to find out what language, 
literary work, or whatever it was taken from. It turns up 
periodically as a woman's name in 19th century America. I thought it 
sounded vaguely Biblical, but it isn't listed in any index of Bible 
names I've found.

Are there any bored onamasticians out there who want to take this on?

Lady Rosamund Blaunchflur
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