Introduction

They go under seas, they go in wolf-shapes, and they go to fools and they go to the powerful. Thence comes it that this is the nature of all of them, to be followers of the devil.¹ And so begins the mystery behind the Túatha Dé Danann, the ‘People of the Gods of Danand’, a… Continue reading Introduction

Túatha Dé Danann – In Dagda Mór (Part 2)

He had the three sons, Oengus, Aed, and Cermat the fair. Upon those four did the men of Ireland make the Mound of the Brug.¹ In my first post about In Dagda Mór we began MacAlister’s investigation as to how Temair became to be called. Tea, named a daughter of Lugaid (sun-god) son of Íth… Continue reading Túatha Dé Danann – In Dagda Mór (Part 2)

Túatha Dé Danann – In Dagda Mór (Part 1)

Eochu Ollathair, the great Dagda, son of Elada was eighty years in the kingship of Ireland.¹ In my previous post, I suggested a teaser about Tea, named daughter of Lugaid, who was linked to a secret. Her name is given as the reason for the naming of Temair, a pairing of Tea with Mur meaning… Continue reading Túatha Dé Danann – In Dagda Mór (Part 1)

Túatha Dé Danann – Lug

Cian son of Dian Cecht whose other name was Scal Balb, gave her (Tailltiu) his son in fosterage, namely Lug, whose mother was Eithne daughter of Balar.¹ As discussed Nuadu Airgetlam was a known deity, not on the continent of Europe but more locally to England and Ireland. Lug by comparison, extends over the whole… Continue reading Túatha Dé Danann – Lug

Túatha Dé Danann – Bress

Bress died in Carn ui Neit, by the treachery of Lug, with no fullness of falsehood: for him it was a cause of quarrel indeed, drinking bog-stuff in the guise of milk.¹ How might the long established tradition of a regnal name, used by monarchs and popes during their reigns to identify them, be connected… Continue reading Túatha Dé Danann – Bress

Túatha Dé Danann – Nuadu Airgetlam (Part 2)

NUADU AIRGETLAM, he it is who was king over the Tuatha De Danann for seven years before their coming into Ireland, till his arm was cut from him in the first battle of Mag Tuired. BRESS son of Elada took the kingship of Ireland thereafter to the end of seven years, until the arm of… Continue reading Túatha Dé Danann – Nuadu Airgetlam (Part 2)

Túatha Dé Danann – Nuadu Airgetlam (Part 1)

Howbeit the Tuatha De Danann suffered great loss in that battle, and they left their king on that field, with his arm cut off from the shoulder down. Leeches were seven years working his cure, (and an arm of silver was put upon him).¹ How might the Irish mythological figure of Nuadu be linked to… Continue reading Túatha Dé Danann – Nuadu Airgetlam (Part 1)

Túatha Dé Danann – First Battle of Mag Tuired

The Fir Bolg gave them (the Tuatha De Danann) battle upon Mag Tuired; they were a long time fighting that battle.¹ The Túatha Dé Danann are almost reluctantly introduced in Section VI: FIR BOLG in the LGE where they do battle against the reigning tribe of Ireland, the Fir Bolg. Eochu is identified as the… Continue reading Túatha Dé Danann – First Battle of Mag Tuired