4. Máel Dúin Learns the Truth

ONE DAY, the youths of the Royal Court were at play, competing among themselves in tests of strength and skill. Máel Dúin was winning every contest, and at last one of his companions, consumed with envy, burst out in anger and frustration: “To think that you, whose clan and kin no one knows, whose father and mother no one knows, can beat us in every game of skill and strength, on land or on water, on horseback or on the chess board! What shame for us, who are born to royalty!” And the others who were there agreed, and laughed at Máel Dúin. On hearing this, Máel Dúin ceased his playing, and stood in silence, deep in thought, for until then, he had believed that he was the son of the King and Queen, and that their three sons were his brothers. Confused and surprised, he went to the Queen. … Continue reading 4. Máel Dúin Learns the Truth