‘Let a sword-truce be asked of Cú Chulainn for us,’ said Ailill and Medb.

Lugaid goes on that errand, and Cú Chulainn grants the truce.

‘Put a man on the ford for me tomorrow,’ said Cú Chulainn.

There were with Medb six princes, i.e. six king’s heirs of the Clanna Dedad, the three Blacks of Imlech, and the three Reds of Sruthair.

‘Why should we not go against Cú Chulainn?’ said they.

They go next day, and Cú Chulainn slew the six of them.

* Or ‘royal mercenaries.’