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Fionn mac Cumhail.

Fionn mac Cumhail

(also known as Finn mac Cumhail and Finn MacCool) Legendary Irish hero, hero of the Fenian cycle, and leader of the Fenians, a band of warriors. He is now believed to have a historical basis, dating back to the 3rd century bc. The Fenians and Fionn himself were famous for their remarkable strength and stature, their fearlessness, and their extraordinary feats. As a child, Fionn was educated in the forest by a poet. His profound wisdom came from his having tasted the salmon of knowledge, which fed on the hazelnuts of wisdom. His life is one of countless adventures with giants and hags; in the service of the high king at Tara, he performs many deeds, and it is for the king that he organizes the Fenians, or Fianna. His life knows two great loves: his first wife, Sedb, mother of his son Oisin, or Ossian, and his second wife, Gr ainne, who betrays him with his kinsman Diarmuid. The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne is the best known of the stories of Fionn. Fionn is the hero of James Macpherson's poem Fingal, an Ancient Epic (1762), a spurious translation from the Gaelic.

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia, 3rd ed.
Article Type:Reference Source
Date:Jan 1, 1987
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