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Song entitled 'Na h-Airm', c1862

Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/63

Scope and Contents

Song entitled 'Na h-Airm' [or Duan na Ceardaiche or Song of the Smithy] beginning 'La dhuinn air luachair Leothain, no Shleothain (Leven?), Mar cheathrar chrothain a bhuidheann'. The song is composed of sixty one lines. The song tells how Fionn and seven of his men were walking in the hills when they saw a dark man with one leg. He enchanted them to follow him over every sort of terrain but Daorghlas (later known as Caoillte) managed to get ahead of him and keep him in sight, knowing that he was trying to lure them to their deaths. He arrived at the smithy before the one-legged man and the rest followed and they would not go home without a reward. So they each got a sword and a spear which could overcome anything. Carmichael has not given the name of the informant but has left a few lines blank as if he was going to return to it with their details.


  • Creation: c1862

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Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 183 folios ; 20 x 23.8cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 144v, line 1 to folio 145v, line 17

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW112/80 - another version of this item.


Campbell, John Francis, (ed.), Leabhar na FĂ©inne (London, 1872) p. 65-68.

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