Lugh

Irish - The sun-god, god of light. Son of Cian and Ethlinn. Husband of Boi. Brother of the Dagda and Ogma, some say. In some versions, Lugh is the son of Clothra or of Delbaeth by Eire but the more usual story is that three sons were born to Ethlinn at one birth after she had been seduced by Cian. It was predicted that a son of Ethlinn would kill his grandfather, Balor, so he had the babies thrown into the sea. Lugh was rescued by Manannan and reared by his uncle Goban, the smith-god Goibhniu, and spent his youth in the care of Duach, king of the Great Plain, the land of the dead, where his fostermother was Taltiu, Duach's daughter. Although Balor was of the Fomoire, Lugh served with the Danaans under Nuada, bringing with him the Boat of Manannan, the Horse of Manannan and the magic sword, Fraganach. On the death of Nuada, Lugh became a king of the Danaans. He sent his father north to raise an army to fight the Fomoire but he was waylaid and killed by the sons of Turenn. Lugh arraigned the killers before the high-king and agreed to a fine instead of execution, requiring them to perform seven (or eight) very difficult tasks. In the second Battle of Moytura he restored all his fallen warriors to life and defeated the Fomoire who were henceforth banished. During this battle Lugh killed Balor, as had earlier been predicted, by throwing a magic stone, Tathlum, into his baleful eye. The stone went right through Balor's skull and out the other side, killing twenty-seven other warriors. Others say that he threw a spear or drove a stake through Balor's eye and then decapitated him. It was said that he was killed when attacked by the three sons of Cearmaid (whom Lugh had killed). One of them wounded Lugh who fell into a lake and was drowned. Others say that Lugh was killed in battle by Cailte. In The Prophetic Ecstasy of the Phantom, Lugh appeared in the form of a horseman, claiming to be the returned son of Adam, and recited to Conn, king of Ulster, the names of all future kings. At times, called Lugh, Bright One, The, Bright One, The, An Scal, An Scal, Find, Find, Finn mac Cool, Ildanach, Ildanach, Samildanach, Lug, Lug, Lugus, Gallic Lugus, Irish Lugh, Welsh Llew Llaw Gyffes, Lugh Chromain, Lugh Chromain, Lugh Laebach, Lugh Laebach, Lam(h)fada, Lam(h)fada, Lonbemlech, Lonbemlech, Lonnbemnech, Ord-ollam, Ord-ollam, The Bright One, The Bright One, Celtic Lug, Celtic Lug, Llew Llaw Gyffes, Gaulish Lugus, Gaulish Lugus, Roman Mercury, Roman Mercury, Alannus, Artaius or Hermes.

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