Studia Hibernica

Finn mac Cumhaill’s Birga ‘Water-Spear’

Studia Hibernica (2021), 47, (1), 1–20.

Abstract

This article explores the nature, use and name of a notable spear wielded by Finn mac Cumhaill in mythological narratives of the medieval Irish Fenian cycle. Parallels are drawn with other fictional spears, including that of Ferches(s) and especially the gae bolga of Cú Chulainn.

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PETTIT, EDWARD