Fin MacCoul and the Fians Derek Bryce

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Published: January 2nd 2014

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Fin MacCoul and the Fians  by  Derek Bryce

Fin MacCoul and the Fians by Derek Bryce
January 2nd 2014 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 196 pages | ISBN: | 7.79 Mb

Long before the emergence of literacy and the mass-media, these tales were told to an eager audience by storytellers throughout the highlands and Islands. Fin MacCoul can be described as the Arthur of the Gael. His wife took off with one of hisMoreLong before the emergence of literacy and the mass-media, these tales were told to an eager audience by storytellers throughout the highlands and Islands.

Fin MacCoul can be described as the Arthur of the Gael. His wife took off with one of his warriors, as did Arthurs, and the tales of Fin and his warriors occupy the same position in Gaelic tradition as Arthur does in the Cymric or Welsh-speaking one. As in the mythology of Arthur, Fin is said to be sleeping in a cave to come back one day when he will be needed.

Fin and his Fians are best-known from Irish tradition, made famous by Lady Gregory- but they are also known from Scottish tradition which implies that Fin was active on Skye and the Scottish Mainland. This book claims that Fin is an historical character who lived in the third century A.D., and whose death is recorded in the Annals of Tigernach, but like Arthur, a wealth of fictional tales have sprung up around his name. The tales that probably have a historical basis are given first in this collection and include the battle of Gavra which reads like real history.

Tales given towards the end of the book are the fictional ones provided by the old storytellers for an audience eager for more and more. All the tales in this book were collected in the Highlands and Islands and put into English during the nineteenth century by J.F. and J.G. Campbell, D McInnes and others, and the present collection, edited in a slightly more modern style of English, puts the main stories in a single volume.

The book is illustrated by drawings taken from the ancient engraved stones of Scotland, and by new drawings prepared specially as vignettes by Hugh Perry. All the tales are in the public domain but are in a new form edited by Derek Bryce who is the author of the introductory section and the appendix on the possible origin of the Picts.



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