Celtic God

Lugh the Long Handed


Name:  Lugh Lámhfada / Lugaid / Lugaidh / Lonnansclech/ Luga/ Lámfada/

 'Light' 'Long-Handed'


Title:  Samildánach (meaning 'All Skills')/ Ildánach


Patronymics: mac Céin :: mac Ethlenn :: Maicnia (boy-warrior)


Counterparts: Wales - Lleu Llaw Gyffes

Gaul - Lugos/Lugus/Mercury


PropertiesGod of Light, God of the Harvest


Associated Deities:  Danu, Medb

Associated Sites:  Brugh na Boinne/Newgrange :: Moytura :: Teltown/Tailltiu


Profession:  Master of All Arts & Crafts, Master Druid, King, Warrior


Wives:  Buí/Boí :: Nás :: Echtach :: Énglic


Father:   Cian Mac Diancecht 


Mother:  Ethnea Ní Bhaloir


Sister: Ebliu wife of Fintan


Half-Sister:  Muirne 'of the White Neck'


Foster Father:  Manannan Mac Lír


Foster Mother:  Tailtiu wife of Eochaid Mac Eirc :: some sources give Duach as his foster-mother an ancestress of Tailtiu


Paternal Grandfather: Dian Cécht


Maternal Grandfather:  Balor of the Evil Eye


Maternal Grandmother: Ceithlenn


Race:  Fomorian & Tuatha Dé Danann


Sons:  Cúchulainn    Cnu Deireoil 


Consort:  Dechtire (whose great grandfather was the Dagda)


Festival:  Lughnasa / Lughnasadh


Sacred Month:  August


Herbs: Healing, Sleep Inducing.: hops : chamomile : hemp 


Horse:  Enbarr of the flowing mane on loan from Manannan


Dog: Failinis


Associated Tribes: The Luigni of Meath and Sligo


Weapons: Gae Assail - The Spear of Assal one of the four treasures of the Tuatha de Danann

The God Lugh was the God of Light or the harvest, a festival was held in his honour in August called Lughnasa, August was his sacred month. 

He was reputed to be the divine father of Cúchulainn whom he conceived with  Dechtire when he carried her away to his palace beneath Brugh na Boinne.

He was known as Ildánach which means master of all arts and crafts.  When he first went to the palace of the King Nuada he was stopped at the door by the sentry who said only those with a skill may pass.  Lugh said he was a wright but he got the reply that they had one already and so Lugh named all his professions in turn: smith, champion, harper, poet-historian, sorcerer, physician, cupbearer, craftsman in metal only to be told the Tuatha Dé already had experts in these.  So then Lugh asked had they got one man who had the whole combination of skills and the reply was no and so he was allowed enter.

He is credited with creating Fidhchell the classic boardgame of Celtic tradition, as well as ball games and horsemanship.

Lugh the Long-handed became a king after Nuada of the Silver Arm who was ruler of the Tuatha Dé decided to give the sovereignty to Lugh after seeing a display of his technical skills and feeling he was the one person who could overthrow the Fomorians.  Lugh organized everyone to their maximum potential against the Fomorians and killed their leader Balor of the Evil Eye with a slingshot through his eye which then turned its baleful gaze onto his own men, this occurred at the second battle of Magh Tuiredh.  Balor was his grandfather and his slaying fulfilled a prophecy which Balor's Druid had given him many years previously.

Lugh was killed by Mac Cuill, Mac Cecht and Mac Gréine in revenge for his killing of their father Cermait who had slept with one of Lugh's wives.  The attack occurs near the hill of Uisnech, Lugh flees from the combined might of the three gods and is drowned in Loch Lugborta, his cairn is located near the shore.  There are variant traditions which have him buried either at Newgrange or at Luglochta Loga the fortress of Forgall Monach in Co. Louth.

Stories, Myth & Legends associated with Lugh:

The Fate of the Children of Turenn


Bres Mac Elatha and the Tuatha Dé Danann


The Second Battle of Magh Tuiredh


The Birth of Cúchulainn


Lugh and Cúchulainn


The Coming of Finn


Finn's Household


The Fair of Tailtiu


The Courting of Emer


The Story of the Tuatha De Danann


Deathtales of the Tuatha De Danann


Baile In Scail - The Phantom's Frenzy


Cat-Heads and Dog-Heads


Metrical Dindsenchas - Nas


The Hidden House of Lugh


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