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Finn mac Cool - Finn vs. Ailell mac Midhna

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Finn vs. Ailell mac Midhna

Case Description: The estate of Ailell mac Midhna charges Finn with voluntary manslaughter. Ailell terrorized the royal court by playing sleep-inducing music, causing everyone to snooze, then burning the place down. Finn was able to resist seductive music by poking himself in the forehead with a magic spear; when Ailell came near him with his breath of fire, Finn beheaded him.

Case Status: Settled. Finn agreed to give two cows a year to Ailell's estate in exchange for their agreement to not burn his own home down with his fire breath.

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