The Fenian cycle starts here….
We dip a toe into the vast lake of Irish Mythology with the beginnings of the Fenian cycle, a King called Conn, a warrior called Cumhaill and a boy called Fionn.
Set in an untamed Ireland where clans war against each other, invaders threaten from across the sea and the threatening and alluring presence of the Sídhe is never far away.
This is the very start of the Fenian Cycle, one of the vast corpuses of Irish Mythology, and here we get introduced to characters who appear in a great many more tales to come.
Featured Folklorist: Lady Augusta Gregory
And now the continuation….
This episode continues the podcast’s look into the beginnings of the Fenian cycle. There’s a grisly plot item, a definitive answer to the question of whether fish-oils are good for the brain (in very specific circumstances), one weird trick to beat narcolepsy and an obligatory climactic showdown for the young Fionn Mac Cumhaill.
- Gods and Fighting men – Lady Augusta Gregory at Sacredtexts.org
- The Boyhood Deeds of Fionn at Mary Jones
- Silva Gadelca – Translated by Standish O’Grady at archive.org
- Oral and Literary Fenian Tales – Alan Bruford at Jstor
- Duanaire Finn = The Book of the lays of Fionn : Part III – Gerard Murphy at archive.org
- Irish Faerie Tales – James Stephens
Musical credits for Episode 3: The Boyhood of Fionn Part 1
Intro and outro theme from the incredibly talented Alice Nicholls Music
Other music, used under various Creative Commons licenses:
Lark in the morning. The Atholl Highlanders
Gander in the Pratie Hole, Morrison’s Jig, Drowsy Maggie
Kesh Jig, Leitrim Fancy
The Butterfly. Kid on the Mountain
Si Beag Si Mor, Snowy Path