THE CARL OF THE DRAB COAT (IRISH FAIRY TALES) by James Stephens

CHAPTER I One day something happened to Fionn, the son of Uail; that is, he departed from the world of men, and was set wandering in great distress of mind through Faery. He had days and nights there and adventures there, and was able to bring back the memory of these. That, by itself, is…

THE LITTLE BRAWL AT ALLEN (IRISH FAIRY TALES) by James Stephens

CHAPTER I “I think,” said Cairell Whiteskin, “that although judgement was given against Fionn, it was Fionn had the rights of it.” “He had eleven hundred killed,” said Cona’n amiably, “and you may call that the rights of it if you like.” “All the same—” Cairell began argumentatively. “And it was you that commenced it,”…

THE WOOING OF BECFOLA (IRISH FAIRY TALES) by James Stephens

CHAPTER I We do not know where Becfola came from. Nor do we know for certain where she went to. We do not even know her real name, for the name Becfola, “Dowerless” or “Small-dowered,” was given to her as a nickname. This only is certain, that she disappeared from the world we know of,…

OISIN’S MOTHER (IRISH FAIRY TALES) by James Stephens

CHAPTER I EVENING was drawing nigh, and the Fianna-Finn had decided to hunt no more that day. The hounds were whistled to heel, and a sober, homeward march began. For men will walk soberly in the evening, however they go in the day, and dogs will take the mood from their masters. They were pacing…

THE BOYHOOD OF FIONN (IRISH FAIRY TALES) by James Stephens

He was a king, a seer and a poet. He was a lord with a manifold and great train. He was our magician, our knowledgable one, our soothsayer. All that he did was sweet with him. And, however ye deem my testimony of Fionn excessive, and, although ye hold my praising overstrained, nevertheless, and by…

THE BIRTH OF BRAN (IRISH FAIRY TALES) by James Stephens

CHAPTER I There are people who do not like dogs a bit—they are usually women—but in this story there is a man who did not like dogs. In fact, he hated them. When he saw one he used to go black in the face, and he threw rocks at it until it got out of…