The 3 original e-books
History behind the collection
During 2014 I compiled three short history and mythology books. What I have created is a beginners guide, providing an overview of the four cycles of early Irish literature; Mythological Cycle, Ulster Cycle, Fenian Cycle and Historical Cycle (Cycle of the Kings).
The series has given me an understanding of Ireland’s mythical past, its beliefs and lifestyles prior to Christianity that in parts have demonised the pagan ways as evil and wrong, reducing the old Irish gods to fairies or fallen angels.
My aim during the series is to try and connect as many dots as possible. The linkage of ancient sites in Ireland to specific areas of myth is important as it brings a connection of the physical today to the uncertain past for example Tara, the Boyne Valley, Knocknarea etc. In addition I have tried to link the ancient customs still practiced even if most have died or have been renewed in an alternative way for example the celebration of the four great festivals of fire: Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain.
The Tuatha Dé Danann feature heavily in the mythical cycle as the conquerors of the Fir Bolg, the race that inhabited Ireland prior to their arrival. Placed as gods for being a superior race and more advanced race than the Fir Bolg in defeating them, myth has enshrined the Danann as superior beings of intelligence, science, arts, culture, agriculture, magic and warfare. However life was not easy at first for the Tuatha Dé Danann as another race called the Fomorians or Fomori who were not considered as inhabitants of the land but had a base off the west coast of Ireland. The Fomorians have been classified as misshapen giants who were a threat to the Tuatha Dé Danann, similar to the Titans and the Greek Gods. Eventually the Danann defeat and banish the Fomorians, becoming become supreme leaders of Ireland. Their reign lasts until the coming of the Milesians from Spain which is said to represent the coming Celts around 500 B.C. The old writings have recorded that the Danann were not defeated but disappeared underground, protected by a spell of invisibility by Manannan, son of the Sea God Lir.
From a Christianity aspect, this may be denoted as the ending of the old ways to make way for the new, not completing ending it as evil and dark side will always exist in the shadows representing the retreating underground of the pagan gods from sight but not forgotten.
This is work based on research carried out from various sources and is meant for the reader's enjoyment. I cannot claim accuracy on facts provided however like all my researched blog posts for my Literature & Culture Corner blog, all supporting sites are listed in the Research Sites Library. Many existing blog posts have been included in this compilation of work.
All original three e-books have been compiled into one box set containing all three e-books: Ireland’s Ancient Gods, Heroes, Kings & Warrior Queens and The Irish Celtic Church. This is now available to purchase directly through this website as a PDF File.