Bodach an Chóta Lachtna

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[Ir., churl or clown in the grey coat].

Character in a number of folk-tales in the Fenian Cycle, some of which bear his name as a title. The Bodach is huge and ugly, but he helps the Fenians in a foot-race with a challenger, sometimes called ‘Ironbones’. Although the Bodach is the swiftest of runners, he affects a lack of interest in the race and eats blackberries instead of competing. Later he is revealed to be Manannán mac Lir in disguise. For a fuller account, see EACHTRA BHODAIGH AN CHÓTA LACHTNA.

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