Words and Proper Names


West (Máire): Aspects of díberg in the tale Togail bruidne Da Derga.
In ZCP 49–50 (1997), pp. 950–964.
Explores general concepts about the early Irish institution of brigandage within the context of Togail bruidne Da Derga, with special attention to its association with wolflike activities, and argues that the tale conveys the Christian condemnation of díberg.
McQuillan (Peter): Finn, Fothad and fian: some early associations.
In PHCC 8 (1990), pp. 1–10.
Discusses the genealogical traditions connected with Fothad Canainne and Finn ua Baíscne, and also examines the meaning of the term fian.
Colarusso (John): The hunters (Indo-European proto-myths: the storm god, the good king, the mighty hunter).
In JIES 36/3-4 (Fall/Winter, 2008), pp. 442–463.
Studies in particular the Fíanna Éireann.
Rodway (Simon): A Welsh equivalent to the Irish fían?
In SC 7 (2008–2009), pp. 191–196.
Draws attention to a possible parallel from 12th c. Wales documented in Gerald of Wales’ Descriptio Kambriae.
McCone (Kim): The Celtic and Indo-European origins of the fían.
In The Gaelic Finn tradition (2012), pp. 14–30.
Pedersen (Camilla): In the claws of one’s self: a comparative study of ‘voluntary’ shape-shifting in the literary traditions of Old Norse and medieval Irish narrative.
In Quaestio insularis 15 (2014), pp. 38–53.
Compares Irish Fíanna and Old Norse berserkir.
McCone (Kim R.): Werewolves, cyclopes, díberga, and Fíanna: juvenile delinquency in early Ireland.
In CMCS 12 (Winter, 1986), pp. 1–22.
Falileyev (Alexander): Welsh equivalents to the Irish fian? Some further considerations on juvenile delinquency in medieval Wales.
In CMCS 73 (Summer, 2017), pp. 31–59.
Provides further medieval Welsh parallels to the passage referred to by Simon Rodway in Studi Celtici 7.191 ff.; also suggests Welsh ynfydion may have a parallel in the Irish dám dásachtach of Togail Bruidne Da Derga.