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An Litir Bheag (The Little Letter) An Litir Bheag

Ruairidh MacIlleathain Sreath de litrichean a bheir taic do luchd-ionnsachaidh na Gàidhlig. Bidh iad seo cuideachail do luchd-ionnsachaidh a tha seachad air ìre-tòiseachaidh agus a tha ag iarraidh barrachd Gàidhlig a leughadh. Tha faidhle fuaim, teacsa agus eadar-theangachadh an cois gach litir. Sna tràth-litrichean, tha puingean cànain is abairtean a’ gabhail àite eadar-theangachadh slàn. A series of letters that offer support to Gaelic learners. These will be helpful to learners who are beyond a beginners’ level and want to read more. Audio, text and translation accompany each letter. In the early letters, language points and phrases are provided instead of a full translation.

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Fionn and Bran (Litir Bheag 616) Fionn agus Bran (Litir Bheag 616)

Fionn and Bran Fionn agus Bran

I was telling you how Fionn MacCumhail got his dog, Bran. Bran was loyal and strong. One time, they were visiting a King. A marine monster was harassing the people. Fionn said he would eliminate the monster.

Fionn and Bran went to the shore. The monster appeared. ‘Who are you, midget?’ it said. ‘And who is the terrier beside you?’

‘I am Fionn, the King of the Fingalians,’ said Fionn. ‘This is my friend, Bran.’

‘Flee,’ said the monster, ‘or you and your pup will be dead.’ He jumped on Fionn. He was getting the upper hand on Fionn.

‘Bran,’ shouted Fionn, ‘save me!’ Bran leaped on the monster and ripped its heart out. The monster fell dead.

Bran licked his master’s wounds and they healed. The King was pleased that the monster was dead. He said to Fionn that he would give him half of his kingdom.

‘I don’t want it,’ said Fionn. ‘My reward is seeing Bran’s face when he saved me.’

Do you remember when Fionn got Bran that there was another puppy there – his brother? He was Sgeolan, or the Grey Dog. Years later, the two dogs came together. Here’s how it happened.

Fionn and his companions were on the hunting hill. A Big Lad came. ‘I’m a lad that came from the east and the west,’ he said. ‘I’m looking for a good master.’

‘Well,’ replied Fionn, ‘what reward would you want after a year and a day?’

‘Oh,’ said the Big Lad, ‘I want you to come with me to the palace of the King of Scandinavia. You’ll be by yourself, without a dog or weapon.’

The Big Lad was loyal to Fionn for a year and a day. On his final day, he said to Fionn, ‘I’m leaving, and I want my reward.’

Fionn went to speak to the Fingalians. ‘I’m leaving for Scandinavia,’ he said. ‘If I don’t return within a year and a day, come to avenge me, for I shall be dead.’ And the story will continue in the next Litir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fionn agus Bran (Litir Bheag 616)

Fionn and Bran

Bha mi ag innse dhuibh mar a fhuair Fionn MacCumhail an cù aige, Bran. Bha Bran dìleas agus làidir. Turas a bha seo, bha iad a’ tadhal air Rìgh. Bha uilebheist mara a’ sàrachadh nan daoine. Thuirt Fionn gun cuireadh e às don uilebheist.

Chaidh Fionn agus Bran don chladach. Nochd an t-uilebheist. ‘Cò thus’, a throich?’ thuirt e. ‘Agus cò an abhag ri do thaobh?’

‘Is mise Fionn, Rìgh na Fèinne,’ fhreagair Fionn. ‘Seo mo charaid Bran.’

‘Teich,’ thuirt an t-uilebheist, ‘no bidh thu fhèin is do chuilean marbh.’ Leum e air Fionn. Bha e a’ faighinn làmh-an-uachdair air Fionn.

‘A Bhran,’ dh’èigh Fionn, ‘sàbhail mi!’ Leum Bran air an uilebheist agus reub e a chridhe a-mach. Thuit an t-uilebheist marbh.

Dh’imlich Bran lotan a mhaighstir agus shlànaich iad. Bha an Rìgh toilichte gun robh an t-uilebheist marbh. Thuirt e ri Fionn gun toireadh e leth a rìoghachd dha.

‘Chan eil mi ga iarraidh,’ arsa Fionn. ‘’S e mo dhuais aodann Bhrain fhaicinn nuair a shàbhail e mi.’

A bheil cuimhne agaibh nuair a fhuair Fionn Bran gun robh cuilean eile ann – a bhràthair? B’ esan Sgeolan, no an Cù Glas. Bliadhnaichean an dèidh làimhe, thàinig an dà chù còmhla. Seo mar a thachair e.

Bha Fionn agus a chompanaich air a’ bheinn-sheilg. Thàinig Gille Mòr. ‘ʼS e gille a th’ annam a thàinig bhon ear agus bhon iar,’ thuirt e. ‘Tha mi a’ lorg maighstir math.’

‘Uill,’ fhreagair Fionn, ‘dè an duais a dh’iarradh tu an dèidh latha is bliadhna?’

‘O,’ ars an Gille Mòr, ‘tha mi ag iarraidh gun tig sibh còmhla rium gu lùchairt Rìgh Lochlainn. Bidh sibh leibh fhèin, gun chù no ball-airm.’

Bha an Gille Mòr dìleas do Fhionn fad latha is bliadhna. Air an latha mu dheireadh aige, thuirt e ri Fionn, ‘Tha mi a’ falbh agus tha mi ag iarraidh mo dhuais.’

Chaidh Fionn a bhruidhinn ris an Fhèinn. ‘Tha mi a’ falbh a Lochlann,’ thuirt e. ‘Mura till mi taobh a-staigh latha is bliadhna, thigibh airson dìoghaltas fhaighinn, oir bidh mi marbh.’ Agus leanaidh an sgeulachd anns an ath Litir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh

This letter corresponds to Tha an Litir seo a’ buntainn ri Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 920

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