diarmuid and grainne

Diarmuid and Gráinne

Travelling through Ireland, you will see beautiful stone shapes called dolmens. A Dolmen is two massive, long tables of limestone. Over them as a kind of shelter is placed another giant cap stone. In the Celtic tradition these were known as  ‘Leaba Dhiarmada agus Gráinne’, i.e. the bed of Diarmuid and Gráinne. The legend tell that Gráinne was to marry Fionn, chief of the Fianna, the old Celtic warriors. She fell in love with Diarmuid. The two of them eloped and the Fianna chased them all over Ireland. They were cared for by the animals and received advice from wise people. They were told, for instance, not to spend more than two nights in any one place. It was said that when they rested at night, Diarmuid put up the Dolmen as a shelter  for his lover. The actual archeological evidence shows that these were burial places. The legend is more interesting and resonant. It is a lovely image of the helplessness which sometimes accompanies love. When you fall in love, common sense, rationality and your normal serious, reserved and respectable persona dissolve.You become revitalized. Where there is no passion, your soul is either asleep or absent. When your passion awakens, your soul becomes young and free and dances again. In this old Celtic legend, we see the power of love and the energy of passion.

John O’Donohue  -  “Anam Cara”

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Celtic Tales
Told to the children by Louey Chisholm
With pictures by Katharine Cameron.
London : T.C. & E.C. JACK
New York : E.P. DUTTON & CO.
1910.

“DERMAT and GRANIA”

Grania sat that day on the highest tower of Rath-Grania, watching for Dermat. The fear she had felt in the night would not be stilled, and when at lenght Finn came in sight, leading by the chain Dermat’s hound, she knew that she would not henceforth see Dermat alive. And when the truth had taken hold upon her, she fell in a swoon from the tower, and her hand-maiden stood over her in great fear.
But a lenght her eyes opened, and when it was told her that Dermat was dead she uttered a long, piercing cry, so that all flocked to hear what had befallen the Princess. When it was told that Dermat had been killed by the wild boar, the air was rent with cries of lamentation.

Love spells and parallels and nobody having a good time: Sola and Grainne

(Pictured above: men with defined foreheads and the girls they want to get with)

I woke up the other morning and said to myself “You know what I haven’t done in a while? Nitpicked the narrative flaws of Fate/Zero. I should make a post.”

Actually that’s a lie—but I was doing some reading and got to thinking about the story of Diarmuid and Grainne, which led me to think about how it folds into the story of Fate/Zero. There are two things that Fate loves to do but also doesn’t do nearly as much as I’d like it to: explore the parallels between Masters and their Servants (and between the legends/history of the past and the current world), and explore the fact that the fantasy society of the mages is a messed up and terrible place. Also give its female characters like, actual individual storylines and general respect, but that’s usually more a Zero-specific gripe, which goodness knows I’ve made before and probably will not stop making until I’m 102 and made mostly of cybernetics. All this and more under the cut!

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From “Dancing On Dangerous Ground”

When it comes to the Irish Dance stage shows, I have found enjoyment in watching both Michael Flatley and Colin Dunne.  Many people argue “which is better”, but it’s really all in what you are looking for.

Michael Flatley is an awesome dancer, and he knows it.  He is the master of the huge spectacle, the bright lights and sequins and pyrotechnics, and of course those flashing silver heels.  

Colin Dunne is a great dancer, but he is more of a storyteller: “Watch closely, I am going to tell you a story through dance.”  

Jean Butler, now…there’s just nobody else to compare at all. :)

Here is a clip of Colin and Jean from their sadly all-too-short-lived show “Dancing On Dangerous Ground”, a retelling of the story of Finn, and Grainne and Diarmuid.  The Irish version of Arthur with Guinevere and Lancelot.  

Colin as Diarmuid and Jean as Grainne really strike some sparks in this scene:

some ancient tag game

I was tagged by someone such a long time ago that the person who tagged me no longer exists on writeblr (rip)

1. What is the working title of your book?

Spearhead’s working title at the moment is The Spear of Certain Death, but that, of course, is subject to change.

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?

I was reading The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne and got to this one really fucking creepy bit about the god Aengus Og keeping his adopted son’s body and breathing life into him whenever he feels like it and I was like ‘yo I gotta write about that’.

3. What genre is your current work in progress?

Fantasy (specifically portal fantasy)

4. Choose the actors for your movie rendition.

I’m good

5. Give a one-sentence synopsis of your book.

A young boy goes to the Otherworld and has to use a magic spear to save his father from a mystical boar.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agent?

Depends on whether the agents like it! I’ve already gotten the go-ahead to submit my manuscript to an agent through #PitMad but I won’t hear back from her for a few months lol.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft?

It took me from September 2017 to March 2018!

8. What other books would you compare your story to?

It’s got a real Percy Jackson vibe to it, through virtue of it involving so much mythology and familial connections to gods and whatnot..

9. Who or what inspired you to write the book?

See question 2.

10. What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest?

  1. Irish mythology!
  2. A male protagonist who gets to show his emotions
  3. Cool magic!
  4. Scary boars
  5. Female characters in respected positions of power!
  6. Magic cities!

Tagging @pigeonbooks @lady-redshield-writes @avi-burton-writing

redwhitebreeze: Remember Diarmuid’s last words

There’s something I want to make manifest here. Diarmuid died when Fionn let his healing water slip through his fingers before he could bring it to Diarmuid, as Fionn still held a grudge against Diarmuid from the whole Grainne deal, despite having granted him a pardon. Diarmuid did not curse Fionn as he died. He knew he had wronged his mentor, friend, and leader, and took the death like a champ. He didn’t regret dying, he only regretted having caused that rift between them in the first place by giving in to lust, he only regretted having been born with a curse that makes women fall in love with him.

He died with dignity and acceptance.

So seeing Diarmuid so consumed with (absolutely righteous) wrath is, well, pretty shocking. It’s the opposite of his mythological death. The stark contrast is powerful. Consider that ancient Irish warrior culture is all about going to the grave with no regrets and no hatred for your foes. For a celebrated knight and warrior of this culture to have gone down with such words and malice, well, that’s just how harshly Kiritsugu and Archibald insulted him.

It’s heavy.

a few headcanon for Oisín :
    Oisín used to have brown hair, it turned blue while he lived in Tir na nóg .
    He is summoned as a Rider class servant with Énbarr as his horse .
    He had a positive relationship with his father Fionn until the later chased Diarmuid & Grainne, his father’s long refusal for forgiveness is something Oisín never understood since he viewed Diarmuid as his best friend & he strictly refused to fight his comrade .
That said, he was devastated when he returned to Ireland after 300 years to see the Fianna apart & his father’s land vacant .