Duan na Ceàrdaich

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Title - Duan na Ceàrdaich
Contributors - Marion Campbell
Reporters - Donald Archie MacDonald

Summary - This Ossianic Ballad tells how Fionn MacCumhail and his men took Fionn's magic sword Mac a' Luin to an enchanted smithy to be re-tempered, after it had lost its power. They followed the smith to the smithy where there were four misshapen, four-armed blacksmiths, each with a claw-hammer and iron pincers. Some of the swords belonging to Fionn's men are named. These are 'Fead', 'Faoidh', 'Èigheach' and 'An Conallach'. Fionn's sword had to be tempered in human blood. The smith was unaware that his mother had been invited to the smithy, and when she entered, she was killed with the sword. The ballad was often sung at Hogmanay.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:03:19
Date Recorded - 1964.07-08
Language - Gaelic
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 86293
Original Tape ID - SA1964.044
Original Track ID - SA1964.44.A1
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Item Notes - See:
'Folksongs and Folklore of South Uist' (M. F. Shaw ed., 1955) p. 29
'Leabhar na Fèinne' (J. F. Campbell ed., 1872) p. 59 and p. 65
'Stories from South Uist' (A. MacLellan & J. L.Campbell, 1961) p. 14
'Popular Tales of the West Highlands' (J. F. Campbell ed., 1861) Vol. III p. 396

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