Salmon of Knowledge
A long time ago in Ireland there lived a very
wise old man named Finnegas.
He knew everything about nature, birds, animals, plants, clouds and
But he always wanted to know more. He lived beside a river where there
was a magic fish. Everyday he stared into the water hoping to see this
magic fish - the Salmon of Knowledge, swim by.
Whoever caught and ate this fish would know all there was to know in
Lots of people, including Finnegas tried to catch this fish but they
had no luck.
One day a small boy called Fionn McCumhaill and his mother came
by. Fionn's mother wanted Finnegas to teach Fionn about the world. Finnegas
Everyday Finnegas sat by the river teaching Fionn all
he knew about the world. Then one day, a huge fish swam by. Finnegas
was so excited because he was sure this was The Salmon of Knowledge.
He ran to get his fishing net .
The salmon was strong. It jumped and twisted and turned in the net for
a long time. Eventually Finnegas landed the fish. 'Hurray'
they both cheered and Finnegas fell to the ground, exhausted.
Finnegas was too tired to cook the fish so he left Fionn in charge,
with this warning
'No matter what happens - Do not eat any of the fish-'
Fionn did as he was told and cooked the fish over a big fire, turning
it two or three times.
After a while a bubble appeared on the side of the fish.
Without thinking, Fionn burst the bubble with his thumb.
' Ouch ! ' he yelled as it burnt him. He immediately put
his sore thumb into his mouth to cool it and make it better.
After some time Finnegas woke up . He was very hungry and he was looking
forward to having the salmon for his tea. He called Fionn who came immediately.
He then noticed something strange about the boy. His eyes seemed bluer
and his cheeks redder. He also looked bigger and stronger. Then Finnegas
knew what had happened.
' Did you eat any of the
fish ?' he asked.
'No, ....but ....while the salmon was cooking a
bubble came up on its side and I burst it with my thumb' Fionn
'Then you, and not I, are the one to get the gift of knowledge
from the salmon'
Finnegas said sadly.
'You must go now , I can teach you no more - Good Luck !'
From then on, if Fionn needed to know anything he just
put his thumb in his mouth and he knew what to do.
Fionn grew up to be a great and famous leader in Ireland.
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