Fenian Cycle


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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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Some of the sources include "Gilgamesh (Mesopotamia-Sumerian)," Homer (Greek)," "Aesop's Fables (ancient Greek)," "Poetic Edda (Iceland-Norse mythology)," "Beowulf (England)," "The Fenian Cycle (Ireland)," "One Thousand and One Nights (Persia)," "The Mahabhrata (India)," "Yuch-fu Poems (China)," "The Water Monster and the Water Lily (Australian/Aboriginal)," "The Pyramid Texts (Egyptian)," "The Popol Vuh (MesoAmerican)," and more.
The Fenian Cycle stories relate to Finn MacCumhail and the Fenian army.
The Celts were avid hunters, and the Fenian cycle seems especially designed to evoke the thrill of the chase.
It concludes with a series of heroic tales and ballads from both the Ulster cycle and Fenian cycle of Irish legend, and it also contains miscellaneous poems by 44 Scottish and 21 Irish authors.
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.
In Gaelic literature, the preeminent tale of the Fenian cycle of heroic tales.
The Fenian cycle deals with a much later period and extends into the Christian era, which comes in the extreme old age of Oisin, or Ossian, poet of the Fenians.
The Fenian cycle remains a vital part of Irish folklore and contains many of the best-loved folktales of the country.
Ossian or OisinThe Irish warrior-poet of the Fenian cycle of hero tales about Finn and his war band, the Fianna Eireann.
They are named for Oisin (Ossian), the chief bard of the Fenian cycle, a collection of tales and verses on the same subject.
In modern times these tales have been grouped into cycles compromising (1) the mythological cycle, dealing with immortal beings; (2) the Ulster (Ulaid) cycle, dealing with the Ulster heroes during the reign of the semihistorical King Conor (Conchobar mac Nessa) in the 1st century BC; and (3) the Fenian cycle, dealing mainly with the deeds of Finn MacCumhaill's war band during the reign of Cormac mac Art in the 3rd century AD.