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In Irish mythology, the Fomoire or Fomorians were a semi-divine race and were believed to have been one of the first tribes to inhabit Ireland in ancient times.
They are often portrayed as monstrous. Sometimes they are said to have the body of a man and the head of a goat, according to an 11th-century text in Lebor na hUidre (the Book of the Dun Cow), or to have had one eye, one arm and one leg.
The Dagda (Irish: An Dagda) is an important god in Irish mythology. One of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the Dagda is portrayed as a father-figure, king, and druid. The Dagda’s name is thought to mean “the good god” or “the great god”.
Balor appears as champion of the Fomorians and king of the Isles (the Hebrides), while Indech mac De was the Fomorian king; the two of them leading the Fomorian army.
1 plural sidhes : an underground fort or palace in which fairies in Gaelic folklore are held to live. 2a sidhe plural : the fairy folk of Ireland in Gaelic folklore. b : a member of the sidhe : a fairy in Gaelic folklore — compare banshee.
The Danann were defeated in two battles by the Milesians, whom historians and scholars alike agree were probably the first Gaels in Ireland.
The Morrigan is one of Pagan Ireland’s most famous–and notorious–goddesses. Her name translated as “phantom queen” or “great queen,” the Morrigan is famous for being a goddess of war, witchcraft and death, protection and retribution.
Lugh kills Balor by casting a spear crafted by Goibniu, or sometimes a sling stone, through his eye. Balor’s eye destroys the Fomorian army. Lugh then beheads Balor. One legend tells that when Balor was slain by Lugh, he fell face-first into the ground and his deadly eye beam burned a hole into the earth.
Hitotsume nyūdō could pass for really tall human priests if not for the large, single eye in the center of their faces. Kabandha, a demon with no head or neck with one large eye on the breast and a mouth on the stomach. Kabandha appears in Hindu mythology as a character in the Ramayana.
Euphemisms such as “hill folk,” “the gentry,” “wee folk,” “good folk,” “blessed folk,” “good neighbors,” or “fair folk” abounded, and “fair folk” was shortened to “fairies.” Other names worth noting in the Irish fairy lore are Banshee, Leprechaun, and Puca.
In some accounts, the Fomorians are described as one of the earliest races to have invaded and settled in Ireland. The Fomorians are often described as monstrous, hideous-looking creatures. They were sometimes said to possess the power over certain natural phenomena, in particular destructive elements.
Plural of fomes. Any inanimate or nonpathogenic substance or material (e.g., sheets, surfaces of furniture, papers and so forth), exclusive of food, which may act as a vector for a pathogen. Segen’s Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
It may be mentioned, however, that good-looking Fomorians may also be found in the ancient sources. One of these, for example, is Elatha, a king of the Fomorians, who was described as handsome and golden-haired. In some sources the Fomorians are painted as grotesque abominations.
Balor, a Fomorian king, is also well-known for his destructive ability. This Fomorian, who came to the aid of Bres in his battle against the Tuatha Dé Danann, was a giant with one eye. Balor’s eye is said to be so destructive / poisonous that it would destroy anything it looked at.