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The Gaelic Finn Tradition

The Gaelic Finn Tradition

Sharon J. Arbuthnot

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Stories of Finn Mac Cumaill and his fian (warband) constitute the most enduringly popular branch of Gaelic literature. The essays in this book - the first English-language collection on the subject to be published in over 20 years - offer new insights into diverse aspects of the tradition. They are essential reading for anyone with an interest in early Irish literature, folklore, and legends.

Contents include: the Celtic and Indo-European origins of the fian * problems with dating the early fianaigecht corpus * Finn, Ferchess and the rincne * Finn and the Man in the Tree as verbal icon * accounts of the death of Finn * some hagiographical sources in Acallam na Senorach * deeping the Acallam together * Duncan Kennedy and his heroic ballads * Tadhg O Cianain: spaghetti fiannaigheacht.

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Author Sharon J. Arbuthnot
Publisher Four Courts Press
Publication date 26 Jan 2012
Format Hardback / Crua
ISBN/EAN 9781846822773

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