Origin and early years

Morrigan was seemingly the daughter of Iarbonel and Gaea/Danu, and the sister to the Dagda, Leir, Nuada, Ogma, Badb and Macha.

Morrigan married the Dadga[4] and was the mother[10] of his eldest son, the war god Bodb Derg.[4] She was not the mother of his second son Lugh, mothered by Ethniu.[6]

Hyborian age

Morrigan was one of the many deities worshiped in Hyboria, invoked notably by Cimmerian Conan, along with Nemain and Macha,[12] as part of the "triple war goddesses".[2]

Next incarnation

Circa 150 B.C., after the death of her father, a girl-warrior in Ireland bargained for power from the supernatural and confronted Morrigan out of vengeance. The girl-warrior was successful in besting Morrigan, who lay bleeding out on the ground before the final blow. Before dying, Morrigan offered her power and position to the girl. The girl seemingly accepted, becoming the next incarnation of Morrigan for over two thousand years.[13]

It remains unclear whether Morrigan is merely a title passed from one woman to the next along with the necessary power, or if Morrigan is a sentient spirit or consciousness that is hosted by these women, like a mystical symbiote.

Third Host

In 1000 AD, the Third Host of the Celestials occurred, during which the aliens informed they would return 1,000 years later to judge Earth's right to continue existing. While the pantheons prepared for war, Gaea planned a peaceful solution to the problem with many goddesses, among them Morrigan.

For the next thousand years, they searched for humans representing mankind's highest ideals, to be offered to the Celestials as an offering. The goddesses placed the candidates in suspended animation, with their superhuman potential, the legacy of the First Host, awakened.[14]

Modern days

In modern times, Morrigan appeared with the Celtic trinity of Cernunnos and Taranis to bestow powers on Kyllian Boddicker.[15]


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Discover and Discuss


  1. Black Knight Vol 2 #3
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #3; Council of Godheads's entry
  3. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Leir and Nuada's entries mentions Morrigan being their sister
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Dagda's entry
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Leir's entry mentions Morrigan being her sister
  6. 6.0 6.1 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Cúchulain's entry lists Ethniu as Cúchulain's paternal grandmother (and therefore as Lugh's mother)
  7. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1 Bran the Blessed's entry
  8. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1 Caber's entry
  9. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1 Gwynn's entry
  10. 10.0 10.1 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Red Lord's entry
  11. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1 Tuatha de Danaan's entry
  12. Conan the Barbarian #5
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 X-Factor #244
  14. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #1; Young Gods' entry
  15. Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Annual #3

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