Heroines

Fedelm

 

Name:  Fedelm / Feidelm

 

Profession:  Poet & Prophetess

 

Associated Site:  Cruachan 'Cave of the Cats'

 

Race:  Tuatha De Danann

 

Queen:  Medb of Connaught

Fedelm foretells to Medb when asked what the future holds as she sets off on the Cattle Raid of Cuailgne, that she sees red, each time Medb will not listen and puts forward an excuse but Fedelm insists that she sees red and a vision of a young man looking like Cúchulainn of Muirthemne who will win many victories who comes against the army of Connaught single-handedly.

Fedelm is a member of the Faery race of the Sidhe of Cruachan, they know this because of her stately appearance and her eyes have triple irises.

Description of Fedelm:

'She had golden hair.  She wore a speckled cloak fastened with a gold pin, and a red-embroidered hooded tunic and sandals with gold clasps.  Her brow was broad, her jaw narrow, her two eyebrows pitch black, with delicate dark lashes casting shadows half way down her cheeks.  You would think her lips were inset with Parthian scarlet.  Her teeth were like an array of jewels between the lips.  She had hair in three tresses; two wound upward on her head and the third hanging down her back, brushing her calves.  She held a light gold weaving rod in one hand, with gold inlay.  Her eyes had triple irises.  Two black horses drew her chariot and she was armed, she rode on the pole of the chariot.'

Stories, Myths and Legends associated with Fedelm

The Táin Bó Cuailgne / The Cattle Raid of Cooley

The Pillow-Talk of Medb and Ailill

 

top

horizontal rule

© Shee-Eire: