Sidhe

The Tuatha Dé Danann, or the Children of Danu are traditionally the good or neutral aspects of nature. They have been called many things over time – fey, sidhe, fauns, ents.

Personalities

  • The Dagda – High King and Druid
  • Clíodhna – queen of banshees
  • Ogma, champion. Took Tethra’s sword
  • Nuada Airgetlám of the silver hand, so named for his single metal arm crafted by the physician Dian Cecht and the wright Creidhne. He is most prominently a healer and hunter, butalso chief steward to Dagda. He wields the Claíomh Solais, a flaming sword – one of the four Sidhe relics. He is killed at the second Battle of Mag Tuired by Balor.
  • Badhbh – or Badb, meaning “battle crow”, is one of the three Morrighu. She causes fear and confusion among soldiers to move the tide of battle to her favoured side. Badb may also appear prior to a battle to foreshadow the extent of the carnage to come, or to predict the death of a notable person. She would sometimes do this through wailing cries, earning her the oft-called title of “bean-sidhe” (banshee).
  • Cian – husband of Ethniu. Father of Lugh.
  • Lugh – slayer of Balor.
  • Biróg – druidess.
  • Delbáeth – “fire shaped”, son of Aengus and Ethniua. Father of Elatha.