nn, n. (dant + mír). Usually identified with curad-mír `the heroes' morsel,' but dant-mír seems to signify a piece of
food which, according to old custom, was put between the
teeth of the dead:
rosfúair hi fástig oc fuiniu héisc for
indéin ┐ bae cenn Lomnai for bir hi cinn na tened. in
cétlucht doralad dind indéin rantai Coirpri doa tríb nonburaib ┐ ní tardad dantmír i mbeolu in chinn olṡodain ba
geis la Fiannu the first batch that was taken from the
gridiron, Coirpre distributes it to his thrice nine men; but
the `dantmír' was not put into the mouth of the head
though it was a `geis' with the ancients (to do so) (rather: 'a thing which it was a geis with the Fíanna to do'
RC xxxvii 19)
Corm. Bodl. 30. 2
. Stokes's interpolation is wrong and disturbs
the sense. The custom must have been deeply rooted, for
in the old Egerton fragment of Finn's death,
ZCP i 464 sq.
it is told how supernatural powers secure the dant-mír for
the decapitated head of Finn: confuaradar iascaire na
Boinde. ceathrar dóibh .i. trímaic Uircreann ┐ Aicleach...
conécmaing Aicleach a cheann de ┐ corubhradar maic U.—
rucsat a chenn leo i ḟásteach ┐ roḟuinsit a niasc ┐ rorannsat i nde. a cheann hi cind tenedh. tabraid dantmír dó
or fer dubh docluichi ó na mair Aicleach. rorannadh in
tiasc i nde .i. fo thrí ┐ badar trí cuibhrind ann béos. cidh
so or fer díbh. is ann isbert an cend a cind tened:
ised fodera an tresraind libhsi cen síl napeli
arnatabhar damsa oc proind uaibsi mo ṁír ma...ele.
The Brehon Laws punished the removal of the `dant-mír' with `athgabáil treise': athgabáil treise i folomrad
do mairb (d
s. fem.)...im archor auptha mimir do chor do
choin dantmir do breith ó fir besa ái carrying away the
`dantmír' from the person to whom it belongs
Laws i 176.
; to which the commentary adds the following note:
curadmír .i. do breith ón fir isa hae hé .i. diablad in
cura[d]mír no eneclann .i. amail roberta ó Choinculainn.
eneclann and ar treisi,
ib. 180. 3 f.b.
This seems only an
attempt of the commentator to find some sense in a word
that naturally enough was obscure to him, as the pagan
custom it refers to was bound to have disappeared with