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Cnú Deireóil

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[Ir., little nut of melody]. The dwarf fairy harper of Fionn mac Cumhaill in the Fenian Cycle. He is described as a little man with golden hair, perhaps 4 feet high, who claims ...

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... Deireóil [Ir., little nut of melody]. The dwarf fairy harper of Fionn mac Cumhaill in the Fenian Cycle . He is described as a little man with golden hair, perhaps 4 feet high, who claims to be a son of Lug Lámfhota . Although he is associated with delight and play in many stories, his songs induce sweet...

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[Ir., little nut of melody].The dwarf fairy harper of Fionn mac Cumhaill in the Fenian Cycle. He is described as a little man with golden hair, perhaps 4 feet high, who claims to be a son of Lug ...
Dáire

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1 Father of the five heroes known as Lugaid; see LUGAID LAÍGDE. It was foretold that a son of Dáire would be king of Ireland, and so Dáire named each of his sons by that name. As these heroes are ...
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...be known as Dáire Derg, but should be distinguished from the Dáire Derg who opposed Fionn. 4 Daigre, Daighre. Musician of the Fianna Éireann in the Fenian Cycle , celebrated in many stories for his melodiousness. Known in English stories as ‘Dáire of the Poems’. See also CNÚ DEIREÓIL...

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...which is needed to keep warm the black witch's blood. The shape-shifting Eiddilig Gor is an enchanting dwarf. The Breton korr is easily identifiable in the roguish korrigans of Breton lore. By contrast in Ireland the dwarf harpist in the court of Fionn mac Cumhaill , Cnú Deireóil , has golden hair and sings sweetly. The benign Áeda (1) , dwarf of King Fergus mac Léti , accompanies the dwarf bard Eisirt to the realm of Iubdán . Abcán , a poet, and Luchta , a wood-worker, were both dwarfs of the Tuatha Dé Danann. See also GENIUS CUCULLATUS ....

Fianna

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...great runner Caílte mac Rónáin survives with Oisín until Christian times to tell later generations of the greatness of the Fianna. Búanann was the ‘mother of the Fianna’. Fergus Fínbél was the most important poet, but it enjoyed several musicians, including Aicher , Cnú Deireóil , and Dáire (4) . Borabu was the horn of the Fianna, and Dord Fian its war-chant. A full membership list of the Fianna would fill pages, but some names appear more often than others. At least ten are named Ailill or Crimthann, several are Illann/Iollann, and dozens are...

Lug Lámfhota

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...in return, the revenge of Cermait's sons (see below). Lug was enamoured of Deichtine , mother of Cúchulainn. Strangely, considering that many early Irish families cited Lug in their pedigrees, he is not credited with either sons or daughters, except for Fionn's harper, Cnú Deireóil , who claimed to be Lug's son (perhaps facetiously). Lug's constant companion was his lapdog Failinis . In the most widely known story, Lug is killed by Mac Cuill , Mac Cécht , and Mac Gréine , the divine sons of Cermait, in revenge for the killing of their father. This...

fairy

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...of the Celtic world. The hazel , on the other hand, was thought so favoured by the fairies that it was not often burned; trooping fairies are described as dancing around or camping under the hawthorn. See ALPLUACHRA , the joint-eater; BOCTOGAÍ ; BUGELNOZ ; BUGGANE ; CNÚ DEIREÓIL , the fairy musician; CORANIAID , demonic dwarfs; ELF ; ELLYLL , Welsh elves; ENFANT-OISEAU , sacrificial childbird ; FETCH, the doppelganger ; FFERYLLT, alchemist or magician; GANCONER, the love-talker; GILLE DUBH ; GÍRLE GUAIRLE ; SPRIGGAN . See also Katharine...

Fionn mac Cumhaill

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...of Goll 's children, and Lugach ; additionally, Fionn is the protector of the beautiful Bébinn . Fionn's celebrated grandson is Oscar , son of Oisín , and the ‘Galahad’ of the Fenian Cycle. Key members of Fionn's household are: Duanach mac Morna , his bard or druid ; Cnú Deireóil , his harper; Lomna, his fool or jester; and the servant Ferdia (2) , murdered by Cairbre Lifechair . Decisive patterns emerge in the thousands of stories of Fionn as a hunter and warrior. Always a superb athlete, Fionn excells as a runner and swimmer, as well as in combat...

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