Salmon of Knowledge

Episode 4: The Boyhood of Fionn Part 2

Thumbs up for Fionn

Searching for the salmon of knowledge

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.

To not be too spoilery I also think that the bait and switch final battle in this is genuinely excellent.

Oh and the episode is going to keep threatening at some poetry.

But that’s just the start (not the Fionnish?)

Continue with all the fun of the Fenian Cycle with the next episode:

Episode 16: Fionn MacCumhaill Part 3 – Bran

The origin story of two of the most important characters in The Fenian cycle: Fionn’s dogs.

We’ll learn about the dangers of an angry ex, the benefits of signing a pre-nup with your nephew and how a beloved pet really can be one of the family.

The Big Fish

These days the Salmon of Knowledge has been memorialised in a Belfast statue which appropriately for this story features some poetry. I’m not going to retype out the whole Wikipedia article here but it’s worth a little gander.

The Big Fish by John Kindness
The Big Fish – Artist:
John Kindness

The Illustrated showdown

Fionn and Aillén
Somehow making this showdown seem far less interesting than it actually was. Where’s the Timpan?
Yes It’s perfectly acceptable to bitch about 19th century illustrations good enough to on my blog page, thank you very much

Selected Sources

Musical credits for Episode 4: The Boyhood of Fionn Part 2

Intro and outro theme from the incredibly talented Alice Nicholls Music

Other music, used under various Creative Commons licenses:

Sláinte 
Banish
Lark in the morning. The Atholl Highlanders
Kesh Jig, Leitrim Fancy
Julia Delaney

Jahzzar
Origin
Dew
Railroad’s Whiskey Co

Doctor Turtle
His Last Share of the Stars

Axeltree
Reservoir Sunset (Full Synth Mix)

Damiano Baldoni
Celtic Warrior

Kai Engel
Plague

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