Tuatha Dé Danann


People of the goddess Danu” Tuatha Dé Danann” are supernatural Irish deities who dwell in the “otherworld” but frequently interact with humans.

According to legend – these gods landed on the Irish coastline surrounded by a cloud. Depending on which version you read, they either descended from the heavens in a dark could onto a mountain, or arrived by boat. Those who claim the latter, allege the Tuatha Dé Danann burned their boats upon arrival. The smoke and ash thrown into the air created the cloud many claimed to see.

They originated from four cities north of Ireland–Falias, Finias, Gorias, and Murias. It was said this is where they attained their magical attributes.

Upon their arrival to Ireland, they engaged in the first battle of Mag Tuireadh defeating the firblog. (Greek descendants of Nemed who previous settled in Ireland.) A second battle of Mag Tuireadh was waged where the Tuatha Dé Danann conquered a race of giants known as the Fomorians. Rather than drive them out, the Tuatha Dé Danann gave the Fomorians Connacht – a providence in the west part of Ireland.

The third battle was fought against the Milesians, the last race to settle in Ireland and the current inhabitants. Three kings of the Tuatha Dé Danann asked for a truce for three days in which the Milesians would anchor a distance of nine waves off shore. The Milesian’s agreed and the Tuatha Dé Danann attempted to drive them away by creating a storm. A Milesian poet calmed the sea with his canto and the Milesian people came and defeated the Tuatha Dé Danann. The Tuatha Dé Danann themselves were later sent to the underworld in an agreement where the Milesians received the land above ground, and the Tuatha Dé Danann below. To this day the Tuatha Dé Danann live below ground in a world invisible to humans. They now go by the name Aes sidhe, and will fight beside mortals in battle armed with lances of blue flame and shields of pure white.

The Four Treasures of Tuatha Dé Danann:

The Dadga’s Cauldron – The Cauldron was said to satisfy all who came to it. Bottomless, it could feed army, bringing forth food from its void. The Cauldron also had healing powers and this could have derived from its owner. The Dagda was depicted as a father-figure, chieftain, and druid. He is associated with fertility, agriculture, manliness, strength, magic, and wisdom. Reportedly he holds control over life and death, the weather, crops, time and the changing seasons.

The Spear of Lugh – The Spear of Lugh was celebrated for precision. No battle was won against the man who weld it. The welder must possess the aim, focus, and vision to hit a target with pinpoint accuracy. The person who possesses it would have attributes of honor, dignity, dexterity and wit.

The Stone of Fal – The stone calls out when a true King of Ireland stands on it.

The Sword of Light of Nauda – No one escaped the Sword of Nuada once it was unsheathed and was irresistible. The sword belonged to the king of the Tuatha Dé Danann and holds the power to destroy evil or by establish boundaries.