Fenian Cycle

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Fenian Cycle:

see Gaelic literatureGaelic literature,
literature in the native tongue of Ireland and Scotland. Since Scots Gaelic became separate from Irish Gaelic only in the 17th cent., the literature is conventionally divided into Old Irish (before 900), Middle Irish (until 1350), Late Middle or Early Modern
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At this point, Padel draws connections from the overall treatment of Arthur and his band, linking them to the Irish Fianna cycle of stories, and so locates Arthur in a supernatural, monster-infested 'band of brothers' routine, somewhat different from the battle lord of the earlier histories.
There are also three stories from the Fianna Cycle - Fionn and Fianna, Fionn Finds his Son and Ois'n in T'r na ng - and two from the Cycle of the Kings.
Taken from The Red Branch Knights Cycle (An Ruraiocht) and The Fianna Cycle (An Fhiannaiocht), two principle cycles of Irish lore handed down from generation to generation, the stories selected include Children of Lir (a mystical twist on the traditional evil-stepmother fable); Deirdre of the Sorrows (a young woman seeks to change her destiny); Setanta (a young boy strives to become a member of the famous Red Branch Knights of Ulster); The Salmon of Knowledge (Fionn is a prince in hiding and needs help to return to his people); Fionn and the Dragon (the prince proves his bravery and assumes his rightful place as leader of the Fianna); and Oisin in Tir na n-Og (in a beautiful land of eternal youth Fionn years to return to his beloved Ireland).