Monday, September 5, 2011

Aonghus: Part 1

He was a love child of Dagda and Boann, and carried on the tradition and became a love god, learning to play the harp and lulling the ladies with his smoochy lyrics. He seems to be the Celtic equivalent of Cupid.
To keep his reputation as a Romantic Rascal, Aonghus ran off with his step brother Midir's wife, Etain.
It is said that four doves were often seen circling Aonghus's head. These are thought to be the symbols used for kissesat the end of love letters. In one version Midir is Aonghus''s foster-father.
One tale says Aonghus tricks his father, Dagda, out of his home, the Brú na Bóinne. Aonghus arrived after Dagda had divided some of his land among his children and there was nothing left for Aonghus, so he asked his father if he could live in the Brú for a day and a nght, and Dagda agreed. But in Irish has no indefinite article, so "a day and a night" is the same as "day and night," which covers all time.
According to the Death tales of the Tuatha de Danaan, Aonghus killes his step father, Elcmar, for killinf Midir. Aonghus is also said to have killed the poet of Lugh Lamfada for lying about his brother Ogma an Cermait. The poet claimed that Ogma was having an affair with one of Lugh's wives.

To Be Continued...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Hard Servant: Part 3

Conan leaped onto the horses' back and struck his heels hard into its sides, but with all that, the horse would not move.
"I know what the problem is," said Finn after a few failed atempts. "He will not budge until he has the weight of his master on him."
Following Finn's orders, thirteen men of the Fianna got up behind Conan.
"I think you are mocking my horse and me," called the big man, "and it would be a pity for me to spent a year with you, after all the humbugging I saw in you today, Finn. And I know now that all the things I heard about you are lies and there is no cause for the great name you have throughout the world. I'm leaving now."
With that He headed off at the same slow pace that he arrived, until he was out of the Fianna's sight. Then he ran with the swiftness of a deer. When the horse saw his master leaving him, he took off after him at full gallop, even with his heavy load. Finn and the Fianna saw the thirteen men and Conan being carried away and followed, shouting and mocking them.
Conan soon realized that he could not get off the horse, yelled to them not to let him be carried away by the big man they knew nothing of. He cursed and reproached them.
"A cloud of death over water on you, Finn," he said, "and that some son of a slave or robber of the bad blood may take your life, unless you follow us and bring us back to Ireland from whatever place the big man might take us."
Finn and the Fianna rose up and followed the Gilla Decair over every bald hill, through every valley and every river. The big man was up on the horse with Conan and the thirteen men and he turned the horse's head toward the deep sea.
Liagan Luath of Luachar took hold of the horse's tail with both his hands, thinking of draging it back by the hair on it; but the horse gave a great tug, and away with him over the sea, and Liagan along with them holding on to the horses' tail.

Even if Finn had not been under bonds to bring back the fourteen men who had been taken from him, it would have caused him great worry until they had been brought back.
"What should we do now?" Oisin asked Finn.
"What can we do, but follow our people to whatever place the big man has taken them to and bring them back to Ireland."
"How are we to do that with no boat?"
" The de Danaan left a gift to the children of the Gael," said Finn. "Whoever wanted to leave Ireland had but to go to Beinn  Edair, and they would find a ship that could carry them all.

To Be Continued...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


He is the Celtic god of the otherworld, the gray cloaked lord of Annwn. It is said that he likes to take his Hounds of Hell for a run to track down lost souls. In one tale, Pwyll set his hounds on the same deer that Arawn was after. To pay for the mistake, Arawn asked Pwyll to trade places with him for a year and a day and to defeat Hafgan, Arawn's rival, at the end of that time, something Arawn had been trying to do, but had never been able to. Arawn, meanwhile, takes Pwyll's place as lord of Dyfed. Arawn and Pwyll become good friends after that. The friendship between the two realms remained long after Pwyll's death. In athoner part of the tale, Pryderi, Pwyll's son and lord of Dyfed has received a gift of otherworldly pigs from Arawn. These pigs were eventually stolen by a Venedotian magician and a trickster, Gwydion fab Don, leading to Pryderi's invasion of Gwynedd. In the ar following this, Gwydion kills Pryderi in single combat.
In Welsh folklore, the Cwn Annwn or Hounds of Annwn run across the skies in Autumn, winter and early spring.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


She is the daughter of Dagda. She is believed to be a woman of poetry, healing, smithcraft, and Martial Arts. And seems to be the equivalent to the Greek Athena. She also seems to be linked with Saint Brigid. In Irish mythology Brigit is the wife of Bres of the Fomorians, with whom she had a son, Ruadan. There is a possibility that Brigid is one of the classic Celtic Triple Goddess.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bran Part 2

The Irish try to make peace and build a house to entertain Bran but hanged a hundred bags inside, supposedly containing flour but were really housing armed warriors. Efnysien, suspecting a trick, scouted the hall and killed all the warriors by smashing their skulls. Later, at the feast, Efnysien murders Gwern by burning him alive and, as a result, a battle insued. Seeing that the Irish were using the cauldron to revive their dead, he hides among the corpses and is put into the cauldron by the unwitting enemy. He then destroys it from within, and kills himself at the same time. It is said that only seven men survived the battle, including Manawydon and Taliesin, Branwen having died of a broken heart. They were told by a dying Bran to cut off his head and take it back to Britain. It is said that Bran's head is buried with his head facing France where the Tower of London now stands.
It is possible that Bran is the origin of the headless horse man myth.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Bran Part 1

He is a giant and the king of britain in Welsh mythology. His most important role is in the Second Branch of the Mabinogion. In this tale, the Irish king, Matholwch, goes to Harlech to talk with Bran, high king of the Island of the Mighty and ask for Branwen's hand in marriage, thus forming an alliance between the two lands. Bran agrees to the Irish king's request, the celabrations were cut short when Efnisien, a half brother of Bran, mutilated Matholwch's horses because he was upset that his permission was not asked for in regards to the marriage. Matholwch was offended by this until Bran offers a magic cauldron that can bring back the dead for compensation. Appeased by the gift, Matholwch and Branwen sail back to Irland.

Later, in Ireland, Branwen gave birth to a son, Gwern. Efnysien's insult still upsets the Irish and Branwen is eventually mistreated, banished and beaten daily. She manages to train a starling and sends it across to Ireland with a message to her brother, Bran, who sailed from Wales to rescue her with their brother, Manawydan and many warriors.

To be Continued...

Saturday, August 6, 2011


In some stories he is the son of Eochaid Garb, in others he is the son of Dagda. And he is Dagda's successor as king of the Tuatha Dé Danann.
One tale says that Aonghus asks for his brother, Bodb-Dearg's help in finding the woman of his dreams. At the time Bodb was the king of the Munster síde. Bodb identifies her as Caer Ibormeith.

In one Fenian tale, Bodb takes the Tuatha Dé Danann to aid the Fianna at the Battle of Ventry.