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 Fe’nians.Fenrir or Fenris. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Said to restore lost vision and to give courage.   1
“Above the lowly plants it towers,
The fennel with its yellow flowers,
And in an earlier age than ours,
Was gifted with the wondrous powers
Lost vision to restore;
It gave new strength and fearless mood,
And gladiators fierce and rude
Mingled it in their daily food;
And he who battled and subdued
The wreath of fennel wore.”
Longfellow: The Goblet of Life, stanza 6.

 Fe’nians.Fenrir or Fenris. 


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