Gods and Fighting Men
The Death of Bran
One day Finn was hunting, and Bran went following after a fawn. And they were
coming towards Finn, and the fawn called out, and it said: "If I go into the sea
below I will never come back again; and if I go up into the air above me, it
will not save me from Bran." For Bran would overtake the wild geese, she was
"Go out through my legs," said Finn then. So the fawn did that, and Bran
followed her; and as Bran went under him, Finn squeezed his two knees on her,
that she died on the moment.
And there was great grief on him after that, and he cried tears down the same
as he did when Osgar died.
And some said it was Finn's mother the fawn was, and that it was to save his
mother he killed Bran. But that is not likely, for his mother was beautiful
Muirne, daughter of Tadg, son of Nuada of the Tuatha de Danaan, and it was never
heard that she was changed into a fawn. It is more likely it was Oisin's mother
was in it.
But some say Bran and Sceolan are still seen to start at night out of the
thicket on the hill of Almhuin.