Mac Lesc mac Ladáin aithech

  • Middle Irish
  • prose, verse
  • Finn Cycle
Story in which Finn mac Cumaill and his servant Mac Lesc mac Ladáin are separated from the Fían. A number of verses are exchanged (cf. ‘Fuit (poem)’).
  • Middle Irish
12th century (Meyer)(1)n. 1 Kuno Meyer, Fianaigecht (1910).
prose, verse (primary)
Contains poems
Fuit (poem)’ • ‘Tánic sam
Associated items
Fuit (poem)Fuit (poem)Tánic samTánic sam

Poem on the coming of summer, attributed to Finn mac Cumaill. It evokes an image of the season by referring, for instance, to the appearance and behaviour of stags, dogs, salmon and birds such as the cuckoo and the blackbird.


Finn Cycle
Finn Cycle
id. 578


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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Mac Lesc mac LadáinMac Lesc mac Ladáin
(time-frame ass. with Finn mac Cumaill)
A servant or aithech of Finn mac Cumaill.
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Kuno Meyer, Fianaigecht (1910).

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[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], Four Old-Irish songs of summer and winter, London: Nutt, 1903.
Dennis Groenewegen
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June 2011, last updated: August 2020