Lugh of the Long-Arm: The Martial and Sovereign Reach of Lugh Lama-fada
One of the most prominent characters of Irish
mythology and literature, Lugh Lama-fada served as the High King of Ireland for
20 years before his unfortunate death at the hands of the sons of Cermait. Born
of the union between the daughter of Balor of the Fomorians and Cian of the
Tuatha de Danann, he quickly rose to a position of power. What made Lugh such a
key character in Irish myth? What was the cause of his downfall?
…And Niamh calling Away, come away:
Empty your heart of its mortal dream.
The winds awaken, the leaves whirl round,
Our cheeks are pale, our hair is unbound,
Our breasts are heaving, our eyes are a-gleam,
Our arms are waving, our lips are apart