18.134 goibniu

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004 08:07:35 +0100

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         Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004 07:55:37 +0100
         From: "Lisa L. Spangenberg" <lisaspangenberg_at_earthlink.net>
         Subject: Re: 18.130 goibniu

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> From: François Crompton-Roberts <Francois_CR_at_btinternet.com>
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>At http://community-2.webtv.net/TerMcC/Goibniu/ we find:-
>The Sword Smith of the Celtic Gods.
> Name: Goibniu (pronounced Go-Van-On), Goibhniu, From the Irish Gaelic
>goba "smith."

This is less than accurate. I'm in Maine, and haven't access to the books I
need, but the place to look for the etymology and similar information is

The Dictionary of the Irish Language. Compact Edition. 1983. Gen. ed. E.G.
Quinn. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy.

The other good place to check for a quick guide to other relatively easy to
locate sources is

MacKillop, James. Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. Oxford: Oxford University
Press, 1998. ISBN 0192801201

It definitely does mean "smith" in the sense of "metal worker" and it is
Old Irish. I wonder if the corpus source included mythological retellings
or fantasy literature?

Lisa L. SpangenCeltic Studies Resources     | http://www.digitalmedievalist.com
My opinions are my own.  | Who else would want them?
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