Midir

Irish - A god of the underworld. Brother or son of the Dagda. Husband of Fuamnach. Consort of Etain. Father of Bri, Donn and Macha, some say. Foster-father of Angus Og. Some say that he had a brother or son called Donn Tetscorach. He abandoned his wife Fuamnach and took Etain in her place but the jealous wife turned her into a butterfly. She was reborn to the wife of the chieftain, Etar, and later married Eochaid Airemh. Midir claimed her back and took her off to fairyland but Eochaid discovered their home in a fairy-mound and stormed it with his army. Midir then surrendered but produced fifty identical versions of Etain. Eochaid chose the one he thought was his wife but chose one who was, in fact, his own daughter. Midir was sentenced to perform four tasks for his seduction of Etain: build a causeway across Lamrachmoor, clear the plains of Meath, fell the forest of Meagh and clear all the marshes in the country. Another version says that Midir won Etain from Eochaid by beating him at chess. His magic cauldron was once stolen by Cuchulainn. The eye he lost when struck by a wand of hazel or holly was replaced by Dian Cecht. When the Dagda resigned, Midir objected to the election of Bodb Dearg as leader of the Danaans and enlisted the Fianna to fight on his side in a battle. In some accounts, he was the father of Blathnad. On occassion, identified as Midir, Mider, Mider, Midhir, Midhir, Mithr, Mithr, Midhir the Proud, Midhir the Proud, British Herne, British Herne, Arawn, Gwyn, Welsh Arawn, Welsh Arawn or Herne.

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