Finn McCumhaill was a mythical hunter and warrior from Celtic mythology. Legend has it that he used his knowledge of the magical arts to defeat a Scottish giant, a feat that resulted in the creation of three famous features of the geography of the British Isles: the Giant’s Causeway, the Isle of Man, and Loch Neagh.
Finn had learned from wandering bards that a Scottish giant was questioning and scoffing at his bravery and fighting skills. Angry, he wrapped a huge rock with a message of defiance, took his sling, and launched the projectile 80 km away, over the Irish Sea, until it reached Scotland.
The ogre received the message and coldly replied (via messenger) that he would gladly go to Ireland to accept the challenge, but he was too big to find a suitable ship and he could not swim across the ocean.
Furious at the evasion, Finn drew his colossal sword and sliced through a few hundred of the gigantic basalt rocks that are scattered along the Irish coast, shaping them into hexagonal pillars and then drove them into the bottom of the Irish Sea, until to form a causeway to allow the giant to cross from Scotland to Erin (old name for Ireland) without even getting his feet wet.
The latter, with no excuse for refusing, reluctantly complied with what was expected of him, but, upon reaching the Finn castle, he only found there Sadv, his wife, who invited the ogre to enter the fortress to wait for her husband and so he sat there, There sat near the giant crib a giant gazing down on him who he thought was Finn’s son
“If this is the son of my adversary,” he wondered since Sadv had assured him, “what will his father be like?”
Eventually, the idea became too disturbing for the ogre, who shot out of the castle and back across the Giants’ Causeway, pursued by the huge lumps of clay that the baby, who was none other than Finn himself in disguise, threw from the shore.
And according to legend, the largest clod that he pulled out, extracted from the center of Ulster (today the territory of Northern Ireland), caused a deep hole that immediately filled with water, which was later be known as Lough Neagh (Black Lake). The gigantic clod thus uprooted and thrown by Finn at the fleeing giant, fell close to the Scottish coast, forming what is now known as the Isle of Man.
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