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The original Cyneig (Du."chief-grief") was the son of Gordaig II, the previous King of Saerlann, by a Beffraen slave. Growing up to be a skilled, if ugly, Ranger, Cyneig had some popularity among the lesser clans of the country. When Laneig, the legitimate heir ascended to the throne, he prudently had the feast- ing hall in which Cyneig was staying burnt, for rebellion was one of his peoples' most popular sports. In truth, Cyneig was so drunk at the time that he felt no pain, but rumors of his escape remained popular.

Notes

Original form in MERP: Cennaigh.

The Name Cennaigh seems to be derived from old irish Cennaigh (from old irish cenn, "Head" and ág', "Battle, Contest"?), possibly an old term for a Mercenary or hireling. A possible middle welsh rendering could be Penaer or Pennaer (but, a form "Cyneig" , "Chief Grief" would look closer to the original). Gordaigh may be derived from welsh Gordaig, "Great Produce" or "Great Tear" or old irish "goir", "Cry, call" and daig, "Blaze, fire".Possible Middle Welsh renderings could be Gordaig or Geirdaig. Lanaigh may also be derived from old irish ág', "Battle, Contest" and possibly Lan, lan, "Blade, Sword" or "Scale".Possible Middle Welsh renderings could be Llainaer or Llanaer and Llaineig or Llaneig.

References:

  • MERP:Raiders of Cardolan
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