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Fand

Fand The Pearl of Beauty Origin: Isle of Man Fand, a sea spirit, was once the bride of Manannan, powerful king of the sea. (They divorced, but periodically reconcile.) She manifests in the guise of a beautiful woman but also as a magical sea bird whose sweet song can lull humans to sleep. She travels among a flock of similar …

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Goibniu

Goibniu Also known as: Goibhniu; Gofannon Origin: Celtic Classification: Tuatha Dé Danaan Goibniu is a sacred smith. He creates weapons for the Tuatha Dé Danaan as well as favored devotees. Goibniu’s magical weapons always find their target and they always kill. Goibniu also hosts an Otherworld feast at his roadhouse. He’s a brewer as well a smith. Goibniu brews a …

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Merrow

Merrow Also known as: Murdhuacha (Gaelic) The Merrow are Irish mermaids. There are mermen, too, but they have little interest in people and hence little contact. Female Merrows, on the other hand, display interest in human life and so sometimes emerge from the water. The Merrow’s little red hat distinguishes her from other mermaids. She needs it to navigate between …

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Far Darria

Far Darria In Irish folklore, a fairy who wears a red cap and coat and spends his time at practical joking, especially of a gruesome kind. There are numerous motifs associated with Far Darria: red fairy; fairy tricks mortals; mortals as captives in fairyland. Taken from the Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. …

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Tuatha Dé Danaan

Tuatha Dé Danaan Origin: Ireland The Tuatha Dé Danaan are the spirits who inhabited Ireland before the arrival of the Gaels (Milesians). Their name means the “Children of Danu,” their divine, ancestral mother. (She may or may not be the goddess of the Danube River.) Their adventures are chronicled in the Book of Invasions, an epic compiled in the twelfth …

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Sinnann

Sinnann Origin: Ireland Sinnann is the spirit of the Shannon River. The surviving vestiges of her myth are similar to that of Boann and the birth of the Boyne River. Sinnann—granddaughter of Lir, King of the Sea, and Manannan’s niece—is described as the most accomplished maiden of her time, but she wanted more. Like Odin, Sinnann wished for wisdom. Whereas …

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Sidhe

Sidhe The Good People; The People Who Go Widdershins Pronounced and sometimes spelled: Shee Origin: Ireland; Scottish Highlands The Gaelic word Sidhe has three meanings: • “Barrow” or “tumulus”: ancient burial mounds often filled with treasure • “Fairy” or “Fairies” (the word is singular and plural) • As the sidhe that are Fairies often live within the sidhe that are …

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Oonagh

Oonagh Also known as: Una, Oona Origin: Ireland Classification: Tuatha Dé Danaan, Sidhe Oonagh the Fairy Queen has golden hair so long it reaches the ground. Oonagh is a goddess of love and protectress of young animals. Oonagh may also have influence over the realm of death. She is Mistress of Illusion and Glamour: her silver gossamer dress appears to …

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Nuada

Nuada Also known as: Nuadu; Nuadu Argatlam; Nuada of the Silver Hand Origin: Ireland Classification: Tuatha Dé Danaan Nuada was an early spirit king of the Tuatha Dé Danaan. He is a powerful seer, warrior, champion of Ireland and an ancestral spirit. He lost his hand in a battle, forcing him to relinquish his kingship, as the Tuatha Dé Danaan …

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Nemain

Nemain Also known as: Nemhain Origin: Ireland The name Nemain means “frenzy.” She is the goddess of battle fury. Nemain is the least known of the Irish battle goddesses. Nemain does not fight in battles; she has other methods of influencing the outcome: • Like a supreme, cosmic cheerleader, Nemain exhorts her favorites to victory. • She intimidates the other …

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