Island of Women

Irish - An island visited by Bran and Maeldun. On their voyages. A castle on this island housed a queen and seventeen maidens. Maeldun married the queen and his crew married the maidens. They left after three months but the queen threw a ball of thread to Maeldun and drew the boat back to the island. After this had happened several times, Diuran caught the thread himself and, when he found that he could not let go of it, cut off his own hand so that they could escape. In some references, identified as Island of Women, Tir inna mBan, Tir inna mBan, Annwfn, Land of Women, Tir na mBan, (Is)land of Women or Welsh Annfwn.

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