Foclóir Draíochta - Dictionary of Druidism

2nd Edition
le Seán ó Tuathail
copyright 1993 John Kellnhauser / Cainteanna na Luise
Plurals follow nouns in ()s
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R ( ehr ) ............................................ v ruis

rá (ráite) - saying, utterance, adage

rabhadh - forewarning (of battle, )

racht - paroxym

ráithe (-í) - quarter-year

rann - stanza, poem

ráth - 1) earthen ring-fort; 2) surety

rath - bounty, abundance, riches

ré - moon (-cycle)

Réalta na bhFile - "Star of the Poets", the throne-room of Teamhair (note, named after the poets who proclaimed there, and not for the king)

réamhfhuireach - bríocht set beforehand which awaits scorán to activate

rí (-the) - king

ríastrad - physical and mental distortion-transformation (not shape-shifting) of esp. warrior similar to Norse berserkir

rig - v rí

ríoghain - queen

ríon - v ríoghain

róe - duel, single combat (usually used for armed combat, cf iomarbhá)

rófhis - lit. "excessive/most knowledge" does not apply to omniscience, but to "as much as you'd want or need", almost always applied to Tuatha Dé Danann and not humans

rosc (-anna) 1) eye; 2) a druid rhetoric, i.e. magical incantation; not a set formula but an each use unique (or at least slightly varied) extemporaneous utterance esp. incorporating ilchiallú

rudach - monotomy in a bríocht or filíocht (generally unacceptable in bríocht but allowable in dícheatal di cheannaibh, qv)

ruis - elder, fiodh for the letter R, associated with, among other things, hosting, secret pathways, healing

rún - secret (this word has a long ancestry and would appear to be Indo-European and not a Norse borrowing)

rúraíocht - the Ulster cycle