Gods and Fighting Men
The Shadowy One
And indeed Finn had no great luck in going to look for a wife that time; and
he had no better luck another time he asked a wife from among the Sidhe. And
this is the way that happened.
It was on the mountain of Bearnas Mor he was hunting, and a great wild pig
turned on the hounds of the Fianna and killed the most of them, but Bran made an
attack on it then and got the best of it. And the pig began to scream, and with
that a very tall man came out of the hill and he asked Finn to let the pig go
free. And when he agreed to that, the man brought them into the hill of the
Sidhe at Glandeirgdeis; and when they came to the door of the house he struck
the pig with his Druid rod, and on the moment it changed into a beautiful young
woman, and the name he called her by was Scathach, the Shadowy One.
And he made a great feast for the Fianna, and Finn asked the young girl in
marriage, and the tall man, her father, said he would give her to him on that
But when night came on, Scathach asked the loan of a harp, and it was brought
to her. One string it had of iron, and one of bronze, and one of silver. And
when the iron string would be played, it would set all the hosts of the world
crying and ever crying; and when the bright bronze string would be played, it
would set them all laughing from the one day to the same hour on the morrow; and
when the silver string would be played, all the men of the whole world would
fall into a long sleep.
And it is the sleepy silver string the Shadowy One played upon, till Finn and
Bran and all his people were in their heavy sleep.
And when they awoke at the rising sun on the morrow, it is outside on the
mountain of Bearnas they were, where they first saw the wild pig.