Aided Finn (Laud fragment)‘The death of Finn’

  • Finn Cycle
  • extent: fragmentary
Fragment of a text relating a version of the story of the Finn's death. The Laud manuscript preserves the beginning of the text only. Another fragment, possibly of the same text, is preserved in Egerton 92.
In the manuscript, it follows the text, Tesmolta Cormaic ocus aided Finn, again dealing with Finn's death.
Aided Finn (Laud fragment)
‘The death of Finn’
No title occurs in the manuscript.
10th century?


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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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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Laud fragment of Aided Finn.
[tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], Cath Finntrága or The Battle of Ventry, Anecdota Oxoniensia, Mediaeval and Modern Series, 1.4, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1885.  
Edition based on Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson B 487; variants from BL Egerton 149.
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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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