He is given a potion by some Druids, which banishes all memory of his recent adventures and which also rids his wife Emer of the pangs of jealousy.
In its ultimate form the Messianic hope of the Jews is the centre of the whole eschatology, embracing the doctrine of the last troubles of Israel (called by the Rabbins the "birth pangs of the Messiah"), the appearing of the anointed king, the annihilation of the hostile enemy, the return of the dispersed of Israel, the glory and world-sovereignty of the elect, the new world, the resurrection of the dead and the last judgment.
He seems to have been freed for a time from the pangs of gout only to be afflicted with a species of mental alienation bordering on insanity.
He spent the remainder of his reign wandering from place to place, a mode of life to which he was said to have been driven by the pangs of remorse.
These prisoners do not seem to have felt any of the severer pangs of hunger, for they were not tempted to eat their candles.