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 – 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

Túatha Dé Danann – Landing

Now such was the greatness of their knowledge, that they came without ships or vessels, and lighted upon the mountain of Conmaicne Rein in Connachta.¹ Following the supposed magical or demonic mode of transport used by the TDD, their places of landing are given as ‘Conmaicne Rein’, the region of present-day south Leitrim, ‘Conmaicne Cuile’,… Continue reading Túatha Dé Danann – Landing

Túatha Dé Danann – Origin

Their origin is uncertain, whether they were of demons or of men¹ The Túatha Dé Danann, the ‘People of the Gods of Danand’, by their association with pagan deities, have excited and inspired Irish folklore for generations. Their legacy has found its way into popular culture through the medium of film; (Hellboy II: The Golden… Continue reading Túatha Dé Danann – Origin