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Fergus Fínbél


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[Ir., wine mouth; fair mouth].

A poet, diplomat, and peacemaker, the best-known of the ten members of Fionn mac Cumhaill's Fianna named Fergus. He is sometimes thought to be Fionn's son. A constant companion, Fergus Fínbél was usually seen as Fionn's wisest counsellor and interpreter of dreams, and a favoured carrier of important messages. He was an admired maker of verses, i.e. poet, but not a bard, and sings the war-ode Rosg Catha for Oscar at the end of Cath Gabhra [The Battle of Gabhair/ Gowra]. He was once saved from an enchanted cave by Goll mac Morna.

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