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Finnguala


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[Ir., fair-shouldered].

Daughter of and most prominent child of Lir, twin sister of Áed (3), in Oidheadh Chlainne Lir [The Tragic Story of the Children of Lir]. These are the well-born children who are turned into swans by a cruel stepmother and wander the world in exile for 900 years. Some popular English-language retellings of the story capriciously name the mother as Fingula, clearly an anglicization of Finnguala, instead of Áeb. Nuala is a common diminutive of Finnguala, but in Irish oral tradition it becomes a substitute name for Úna, the queen of the fairies.

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