Bresal Etarlam


Name:  Bresal Etarlam Bresail


Race:  Tuatha Dé Danann


Profession:  Druid Sorcerer


 Foster Daughter:  Fuamnach


Associated Sites: Dowth Dubad  Aenach Bodbgna 

Bresal Etarlam was druid of the Tuatha Dé Danann and foster-father of Fuamnach wife of Midhir of Brí Léith.  He is most famous for attempting to build a mound which reached the heavens.  He contracted the men of Erin to work for him for a single day's pay in the construction of it.  

His sister then cast a spell which would ensure that the sun did not set while the men worked upon the mound.  He committed incest with his sister however which broke the spell and the sun set.  His sister proclaimed that 'darkness' would be the name of that place forever Dubad now known as Dowth in the Boyne Valley.  It has been pointed out that one of the internal chambers at Dowth is illuminated by the setting sun at the Winter Solstice marking the longest night of the year, the period of greatest darkness.

Stories, Myths and Legends associated with Bresal:

The Wooing of Etain

The Courting of Emer

Cnogba (Knowth) Metrical Dindshenchas



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