Duan na Ceàrdaich

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Title - Duan na Ceàrdaich
Contributors - Penny Morrison
Reporters - Donald Archie MacDonald
Item Person - MacCumhail, Fionn

Summary - This Ossianic Ballad tells how Fionn MacCumhail and his men took Fionn's magic sword, Mac an Luinn, 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.

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, he killed her with the sword.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:21
Date Recorded - 1965.07
Language - Gaelic
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 90101
Original Tape ID - SA1965.081
Original Track ID - SA1965.81.B3
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Item Notes - The contributor learned the song from her mother. The English translation of this story is found in John Lorne Campbell's 'Stories from South Uist told by Angus MacLellan', Edinburgh, 1997, p. 16.
See also:
'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
'Popular Tales of the West Highlands' (J. F. Campbell ed., 1861) Vol. III p. 396

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