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Kilpatrick, Fergus

Index: Tema del traidor y del héroe, Artificios, Ficciones, OC,Obras completas. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1974. 496- 98.

Irish traitor and hero, character in Borges story

Fishburn and Hughes: A fictional character in 'Theme of the Traitor and the Hero' whose name is quintessentially Irish. Fergus is the name of several Irish heroes who figure in early Celtic literature, while Kilpatrick is a town in Scotland said to have been St Patrick's birthplace. Some similarity may be found between Fergus Kilpatrick in the dual role of traitor and hero and Fergus mac Roich in the saga of the Táin bó Cuailinge which deals with the war between Ulster and Connaught. Fergus mac Roich was driven into exile by Conchobar, King of Ulster, and found himself fighting for Connaught against Conchobar and his brave son Cuchulain. See Robert Browning, Victor Hugo. The Theme of the Traitor and the Hero