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.