Macgnímartha Find‘The boyhood deeds of Finn’

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Finn Cycle
Late Middle Irish narrative about the exploits and fortunes of Finn mac Cumaill as a boy. The sole extant manuscript copy is imperfect, breaking off in the middle of an episode about Finn's encounter with an Otherworldly rival.
  • Middle Irish
12th century (Meyer)
prose (primary)
verse (secondary)
Textual relationships
The text includes an older poem on May Day beginning ‘Cétamon’, ascribing it to Finn.
Associated items


Finn Cycle


Finn mac CumaillFionn mac Cumhaill / Find úa Báiscni (ass. time-frame: Finn mac Cumaill, Cormac mac Airt, Category:Finn Cycle) – Finn mac Cumaill (earlier mac Umaill?), Find úa Báiscni: central hero in medieval Irish and Scottish literature of the so-called Finn Cycle or 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.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Macgnímartha Find”, Revue Celtique 5 (1882): 195–204, 508.  
comments: Corrigenda in Archiv für celtische Lexikographie 1 (1900): 482.
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Meyer, Kuno, “Macgnímartha Finn”, Archiv für celtische Lexikographie 1 (1900): 482. Corrigenda.  
comments: Corrigenda to the 1882 edition of the Macgnímartha Finn.
Internet Archive: <link>
[tr.] Carey, John [tr.], “[Various contributions]”, in: Koch, John T., and John Carey (eds.), The Celtic Heroic Age. Literary sources for ancient Celtic Europe and early Ireland & Wales, Celtic Studies Publications 1, 4th ed. (1995), Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2003. [Various].
§ 93 [‘The boyhood deeds of Finn’]
[tr.] Meyer, Kuno [tr.], “The boyish exploits of Finn”, Ériu 1 (1904): 180–190.
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Dennis Groenewegen
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