Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Finn, an Irish legendary hero, the leader of the King’s warriors known as the Fianna Erinn. The Finn Cycle is composed of a series of ballads celebrating the brave exploits of this third century hero and his band of warriors; their virtues and their weaknesses; the eventual diminution of their powers; the dissolution of the band; and the waning of a heroic age.
Cumhal, the former leader of the Fianna Erinn and Finn’s father.
Murna, Finn’s mother.
Goll Mac Morna
Goll Mac Morna, the leader of the rival clan and, later, Finn’s strong and loyal warrior.
The Lord of Luachar
The Lord of Luachar, a chieftain slain by Finn in his first heroic exploit.
Finegas, a sage from whom Finn learns wisdom and the art of poetry.
Conn, the ruler of Ireland, who makes Finn captain of his band of warriors known as the Fianna Erinn.
Oisin, Finn’s son. He is a warrior poet. After his father’s death, he is taken to an enchanted land where none grows old. After more than two hundred years, homesick for Ireland, he returns and finds the land populated by weaklings, and the heroic age long since passed.
Oscar, Finn’s grandson, the fiercest fighter of the Fianna...
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