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Donn

An Irish hero of medieval legend, son of Midir the Proud. The Colloquy of the Ancients, a thirteenth-to fourteenth-century collection of Ossianic stories, tells how Finn and Kelta and five other champions were out hunting one day and followed a beautiful fawn until it vanished under ground. Seeking shelter in a noble's mansion, they were entertained by Donn mac Midir and his brother, and their aid was requested against the rest of the Danaans.

Three times that year they had to fight their fairy foes, and all their followers were killed except the 28 warriors. The fawn they had followed had been an enchanted maiden sent to entice them. After a year of successful fighting, the Danaans were obliged to make peace.

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