Ethnea Ni Bhaloir


Name:  Ethnea Ethniu Ethlenn Ethnenn Ethlinn


Race:  Fomorian


Father:  Balor


Mother:  Ceithlenn


Husbands: Cian Mac Diancecht   Tadg Mac Nuadha  Elatha


Father-in-Law: Diancecht


Sons: Lugh Lámhfada Delbhaeth  Ogma Dagda


Daughter: Muirne 'of the White Neck'


Grandsons:  Cúchulainn Fionn Mac Cumhaill

Ethnea was the daughter of Balor of the Mighty Blows who married Cian the son of Diancecht of the Tuatha Dé Danann to bring peace between her race and theirs.  It was predicted by one of the Fomorian druids that a grandson of Balor's would defeat him in battle, and this happened at the Second Battle of Magh Tuiredh when Lugh hit Balor's baleful eye with a slingshot and it then turned against his own army.

There are also folklore versions of the tale of which the story 'How Balor was defeated' is an example.

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Stories, Myths and Legends associated with Ethnea

How Balor was defeated

Bres Mac Elatha and the Tuatha De Danann

The Awakening of the Men of Ulster

The Coming of Finn

The Courting of Emer

The Story of the Tuatha De Danann

  Death Tales of the Tuatha De Danann

The Hidden House of Lugh



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