Finn and Gráinne

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Finn Cycle, minor Irish prose tales
  • Middle Irish
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: Úar in lathe do Lum LaineÚar in lathe do Lum LaineOld Irish poem (9 qq) attributed to Ailbe. It is in the form of a dialogue between Tethna, daughter of king Cormac mac Airt, and her lover Lom Laine. Máirín O Daly, who edited the poem, has suggested that their names may be guises for Gráinne and Diarmait, as known from the early prose narrative of Finn and Gráinne.


Finn Cycle
Finn Cycle
id. 578
minor Irish prose tales (foscéla)Irish narrative literature
minor Irish prose tales (foscéla)
id. 33994

Relatively short prose tales in Irish. In learned discourse from the Middle Irish period and later, a distinction is sometimes made between the longer prím-scél and the shorter fo-scél. See eDIL s.v. ‘foscél’ for some references. In the first two volumes of BILL (1913 and 1942), Best included separate headings for ‘Minor tales’.


Finn mac Cumaill
Finn mac Cumaill (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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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.] Corthals, Johan, “Die Trennung von Finn und Gráinne”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 49–50 (1997): 71–91.
Text with translation into German.
[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], “Finn and Gráinne”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 1 (1897): 458–461.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Text with translation into English.

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Dennis Groenewegen
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May 2011, last updated: January 2024