Q: I've always called him "Flann Finna". Is that wrong? Like to know, as
I once had an external hard drive linked to a computer, in which the
other component was named after his mother.
Scríobh Dennis King:
> Iestyn Jones wrote:
>> I'm trying to work out if the number seven is one of particular
>> in Old Irish literature. With reference to houses I've come across
>> references to seven hearths, seven doors, seven rows and seven imdai. Is
>> this Christian influence (God rested on the seventh day, seven apostles
>> etc.)or older?
> The early Irish who composed/compiled those OI stories were very aware
> of the number seven in the Bible. A good, solid example comes from
> the periphery of the Gaelic world. Flann Fína mac Ossu, aka Aldfrith
> son of Oswydd, was Irish on his mother's side. He was a king of
> Northumbria toward the end of the 7th cent. and a scholar noted for
> his learning in Irish. His godfather Aldhelm penned a long didactic
> work in Latin to him ("Letter to Acircius") which includes a treatise
> on the number seven, giving among other things all the examples of
> sevens that Aldhelm was able to glean from the Old and New Testaments.