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The Tuatha Dé Danann 

 

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Name:  Tuatha Dé Danann/ Danaan / Men of Dea

Origin:  The Islands of the North - Lochlann (Norway)?

 Original Cities:  Failias, Gorias, Findias, & Murias 

Associated Sites:  Magh Tuiredh (Moytura), Brugh na Boinne (Newgrange), Teltown, Co. Meath

Kings: Nuada of the Silver Arm Bres Mac Elatha Lugh the Long-handedDagda  Bodb Derg

Associated Deities:  Danu Medb

Druid:  Dagda

Warrior:  Oghma

Arts & Crafts:  Lugh

Medicine:  Dian Cécht

Smithcraft:  Goibhniu

Poet:  Cairpre son of Oghma

Brazier:  Credne

Wright:  Luchtaine

Harper: Cas Corach

The Tuatha Dé Danann (which means the people of Danu) arrived in Ireland bearing with them their stone of destiny called the Lia Fail which they placed on the mound of Tara and ever after the rightful kings of Ireland were chosen when it called out.  They also brought the spear of Lugh which ensured victory to whoever wielded it, The Sword of Nuada from whom none could escape and the Cauldron of the Dagda from which none would go unsatisfied.

There is a story that they came to Ireland in flying ships but could not land as the Fomorians had set up a great energy field that they could not penetrate.  So they  had to circle Ireland nine times before finding a breach in the energy field and setting down on Sliabh an Iarainn (The Iron Mountains) in Co. Leitrim.

They clashed with the Fir Bolg (the men of the bags or pot-bellied ones) who they defeated at the first battle of Magh Tuiredh (Moytura) and routed towards the West of Ireland where they allowed them to stay.  After defeating the Fir-Bolg they were challenged by the Fomorians and had to fight another battle this time in Co. Roscommon, which became known as the second battle of Magh Tuiredh, they defeated the great Fomorian warrior Balor, and so laid undisputed claim to the land.

They prospered under their two great heroes Nuada of the Silver Arm and Lugh of the Long Arm.  They were eventually defeated by the Milesians at Teltown.  As they were a magical people they decided to go underground into another dimension of space and time the entrances to which are at many sites around Ireland; one of the most famous being Brugh na Boinne (Newgrange).

It was reputed that only iron weapons could injure them.  They became like gods to the later Celtic people and were worshipped as such.  They became known as the people of the Sidhe (mounds) and there are many Faery Mounds in existence in Ireland today.

Stories, Myths and Legends about the Tuatha Dé Danann

The First Battle of Magh Tuiredh

The Second Battle of Magh Tuiredh

The Exploits of the Dagda

The Wooing of Etain

The Birth of the Boyne

The Naming of the River Barrow

The Rivalry of Dian Cécht and his son Miach

Bres Mac Elatha and the Tuatha Dé Danann

The Fate of the Children of Turenn

The Fate of the Children of Lír

Aengus Óg and Caer Ibormeith

Áine and King Ailill Olom

The Landing of the Milesians

The Battle of Tailltin

Bodb Dearg

Boann - Dindshenchas

Dagda

The Hound

Manannan

Manannan and Bran Mac Febal

The Fair of Tailtiu

The Courting of Emer

Dindshenchas Teamhair (Tara)

Ilbrec of Ess Ruadh

The Fir Bolg

The Story of the Tuatha De Danann (Lebor Gabala)

Death Tales of the Tuatha De Danann

Milesians Pt. 1

Milesians Pt. 2

The Yew of the Disputing Sons

The Adventures of Art son of Conn

The Cave of Cruachan

The Cave of Ceiscoran

The Death of Bran

Donn Son of Midhir

The Hard Servant

The Help of the Men of Dea

The King of Britain's Son

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