The combat between Cuchullain and Fardiad is, like the combat between Achilles and Hector in the Iliad, the culminating episode in the Irish epic tale, The Tain Bo Cuiligne. It is more dramatic than the combat between Achilles and Hector because of the fact that Cuchullain and Fardiad had been devoted friends. The story of the combat ends with these words:
That is enough now, indeed, said Fardiad. I fall of that. Now indeed may I say that I am sickly after thee, and not by thy hand should I have fallen.
Cuchullain ran towards him after that, and clasped his two arms about him and lifted him with his arms and his armour and his clothes across the ford northward, in order that the slain should lie by the ford on the north, and not by the ford on the west with the men of Erin.
Cuchullain laid Fardiad down there, and a trance and a faint and a weakness fell then on Cuchullain over Fardiad.
Good, O Cuchullain, said Laeg, rise up now for the men of Erin are coming upon us, and it is not a single combat they will give thee since Fardiad, son of Daman, son of Dare, has fallen by thee.
Servant, said he, what avails me to arise after him that hath fallen by me?
Dr. Sigersons noble version of Cuchullains lament seems to sum up all the chivalry and all the brilliancy of the epic tale.