Aided Finn (Egerton 92)‘The death of Finn (mac Cumaill)’

  • Early Middle Irish, Late Old Irish
  • Finn Cycle
  • extent: fragmentary
Fragment of a text relating a version of the story of Finn's death. Finn is said to have died in old age while attempting to leap the River Boyne over a place called Léimm (Find). His body is discovered by Aiclech, son of Dub Drenn, and the three sons of Urgriu. Aiclech severs the head and for this act, he is slain by his three companions.
Aided Finn (Egerton 92)
‘The death of Finn (mac Cumaill)’
No title occurs in the manuscript.
  • Early Middle Irish Late Old Irish
  • early Middle Irish, or late Old Irish
10th century (Meyer).(1)n. 1 Kuno Meyer, Fianaigecht (1910): xxv.
Textual relationships
Cf. the poem beginning ‘Rodíchned Find, ba fer tend


Finn Cycle
Finn Cycle
id. 578


death of Finn mac Cumaillbiography of Finn mac Cumaill
death of Finn mac Cumaill
id. 61055
Finn mac CumaillFinn mac Cumaill (Find úa Báiscni)
Fionn mac Cumhaill, Find úa Báiscni
(time-frame ass. with Finn Cycle, Finn mac Cumaill, Cormac mac Airt)
Finn mac Cumaill (earlier mac Umaill?), Find úa Báiscni: central hero in medieval Irish and Scottish literature of the so-called Finn Cycle; warrior-hunter and leader of a fían
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Kuno Meyer, Fianaigecht (1910): xxv.

Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], “The death of Finn mac Cumaill”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 1 (1897): 462–465.
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[tr.] Meyer, Kuno, Fianaigecht: being a collection of hitherto inedited Irish poems and tales relating to Finn and his Fiana, Todd Lecture Series, 16, London: Hodges, Figgis, 1910.
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xxv Translation of part of the text.

Secondary sources (select)

Parsons, Geraldine, “Breaking the cycle? Accounts of the death of Finn”, in: Sharon J. Arbuthnot, and Geraldine Parsons (eds), The Gaelic Finn tradition, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2012. 81–96.
Dennis Groenewegen
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