TT #28

2 August 2007

Thirteen Things about Lugh

  1. The end of July or start of August marks Lughnasa which is the Celtic harvest festival. In Ireland, summer is technically over now[1] August is the first month of Autumn, or Fall for you all from the US. The festival takes its name from Lugh, or Lug, or Lú.
  2. Lúnasa, from Lugh, is the Irish word for August.
  3. Lugh is pronounced with a silent gh.
  4. Supposedly the word leprechaun comes from Lugh.
  5. Lugh was also known as the many skilled; he was a wright, a smith, a champion, a swordsman, a harpist, a hero, a poet and historian, a sorcerer, and a craftsman.[2]
  6. He was also known as Lugh of the long-hand, and in Welsh[3] as Lleu Llaw Gyffes, or Lleu of the Dexterous Hand. In Gaul he is known as Lugus.
  7. There are also certain parallels with the Norse God Odin[4]
  8. Lugh led the Tuatha de Dannan[5] in battle against the Fomorians[6] in the Second Battle of Moytura
  9. Lugh fought and killer Balor, of the evil eye, and the Fomorians were defeated.
  10. Lugh is also supposed to have invented the game of fidchell which is similar to chess, but we don’t really know the rules. Ficheall is the modern Irish word for chess.
  11. In the Ulaid or Ulster mythology cycle Lugh is said to have been Cúchulainn’s father. And in the Táin Bó Cuailnge he healed Cúchulainn’s wounds after the Ulster champion was single-handedly defending the province. The other men of Ulster being incapacitated due to the Curse of Macha.[7]
  12. In some areas under Roman control Lugh was romanized and identified as Mercury, and later with the Archangel Michael.[8]
  13. One of his wives had an affair with Cermait and Lugh killed him[9] In return Cermait’s sons drowned Lugh[10] in loch Lugborta and buried under a cairn
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  1. not that it was here at all this year
  2. – or so he claimed in order to be accepted by the Tuathe de Dannan
  3. different stories, but said to be just different versions
  4. – which isnt so surprising really. Cross-cultural interaction and all that malarky
  5. the good guys
  6. the bad guys
  7. for 9 days and nights they were too feel labour pains
  8. – You gotta love religions, stealing from one another like nothing else.
  9. revenge, not a good thing.
  10. see, they got their own back

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4 Responses

  1. bernie says:

    At first I thought I was going to read 13 ways to say loogies, such as spit, saliva, phlegm, sputum, ejaculant, etc.

    I linked to your TT from mine TT 13 things to blame on the Jews

  2. Chris says:

    Interesting list, happy TT.

  3. Fence says:

    Bernie I almost deleted your trackback, thinking it was an anti-semitism thing, but then I clicked the link, and figured what the hell :)

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