Thursday, March 15, 2007

Finn MacCool

Author: Morgan LLywelyn
I grew up on the Irish history. And Finn MacCool I can say was not a disappointment. I was taken in with the thoughts in my mind of ancient Ireland. The book in my option captured all what I have learnt throughout the years.
Did the man become the legend or the legend become the man? I think it was a little of both. Finn a great warrior himself not only was strong but he would recite poetry. He felt the poetry in him and lived it.
He took fianna's what was said to be not worthy and made them as dignified as any royal people. Finn made them believe in themselves. He made the Fianna's the best, the elite.
Did Finn have a magical side? Oh yes he did. Legend says that Finn could pick thorns out of his heels while running. Which by the way was a feat that any man had to pass if he wanted to be part of the Fianna.
Once in a battle with a Scottish giant Finn scooped up a large clod of earth and flung it at the Scott. The clod fell into the sea and turned into the Isle of Mann. The hole it left filled up with water and became Lough Neagh.
Irish history is well off with myths and legends
They weave true history with threads of myths and lore.
Finn did marry a woman named Sive. Finn thought that she was presented to him as a deer. They had a son named Oisin. Who later followed in his father's footstep's and had his love for poetry.
The end for Finn MacCool was his poetry and his fear that someday Goll MacMorna, the man who killed Finn's father would kill Finn.
The magic that these tales bring has given a few versions of where Finn is today.
Some say he died by getting in the middle of a fight that a couple of the members of the Fianna were having. Another story is that Finn is sleeping in a cave waiting to awake so that he can defend Ireland in their time of need.
I give this book: 4 
Amazon says:
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This book is a bookcrossing book. And don't know where the next stop for Finn MacCool will be.

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Lauren said...

Hi Sheila!
I only just realized that you ask yourself different questions for each book. Haha I feel like such an idiot. Do you make up the questions on your own?

Sheila said...

Yeah I make the questions up. When I wanted to start a blog about the books I read, Matt helped me. He thought of the hummingbirds,to keep a theme to it and he thought that it would be different if I made it like someone interviewing me on the book.

I thought it was different so I went with the idea.