Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Finn Mac Cool

Also Finn or Fionn Mac Cumhal (or Cumhaill); a warrior-poet hero of Irish Myth and last leader of the Fianna, an order of Chivalry comparable to the Round Table. Finn's ancestors included Fairies and Gods, but though unnaturally long-lived he was mortal; he had powers of Prophecy and is often described as a Giant. His "Fianna Cycle" exploits have been much retold and echoed as Celtic Fantasy – e.g., in Paul Hazel's Finnbranch and Kenneth C Flint's Finn McCumhail sequences – and he appears as a storyteller in Flann O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds (1939). [DRL]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.