Name:  Midhir / Midir / Mider


Race:  Tuatha Dé Danann


Father:  Dagda


Half-Brothers:  Bodb Dearg    Cermat Coem   Aengus Mac Óg Aed


Half-Sister:  Brigit


Sons: Donn 'The Brown' Conn Aedh Flann


Foster Sons: Aengus Mac Óg, Triath son of Febal (of the Fir Bolg)


Daughters:  Blathnat forced to marry Cú Roí Mac Dairi  Doirenn  Aife  Ailbhe married the brothers Eochaid Fiacha Ruide


Grandson: Sigmall


Wives: Fuamhnach    Étaín Echraide 'Of the Horses'


Consort: Englec daughter of Elcmar


Associated Sites:  Brí Léith, Co. Westmeath,  Brugh na Boinne (Newgrange) The Isle of Falga (Isle of Man)


Associated Deities:  Dagda Elcmar Boand Lugh

Midhir was Lord of the Sidhe of Brí Léith a famous fairy mound in Co. Westmeath.  He asks his foster son Aonghus Mac Óg, to woo the lovely Étaín for him.  This angers his first wife Fuamnach and she casts many magic spells against Étaín.   The  whole story is contained in the important legend "The Wooing of Étaín"  

Midhir owns three wonderful cows and a magic cauldron.  His cows, cauldron and his daughter  Blathnat were taken as spoils of war by the heroes of the Red Branch Army of King Conchobar of Ulster and then the giant Cú Roí Mac Dairi who helped the Ulstermen in their quest takes these goods along with Blathnat to his fortress in Kerry.

In one tale Manannan burns the mound of Brí Léith and all those within.  Certainly some sort of destruction happened to it as this is a component of many tales.

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Stories, Myths and Legends associated with Midhir

The Wooing of Étaín

Bodb Dearg

The Courting of Emer

Cnogba (Knowth) Metrical Dindshenchas

Ilbrec of Ess Ruadh

Death Tales of the Tuatha De Danann

Donn Son of Midhir

The Help of the Men of Dea



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