Origin and early years in Otherworld

The precise origin of the Tuatha, like that of all Earth's pantheons, is shrouded in legend. According to ancient myths, the high chieftain Iarbonel coupled with the primordial Earth Mother Gaea (known as "Danu" to the Tuatha) and produced the first generation of Celtic gods. Following Iarbonel's death, his progeny (under Nuada's leadership) left their cities in Otherworld's Tír na nÓg and traveled through an interdimensional nexus to Earth in approximately 1896 BC, just as their hated enemies the Fomorians had done centuries earlier.[1]

Hyborian Age

A number of Tuatha have been worshiped during the Hyborian Age,[1] (notably by the Picts) including Nuadens Argatlam of the Silver Hand, Cernunnos, Epona,[7] and Danu.[7][8][9]

The Cimmerians worshiped Crom Lord of the Great Mountain.[10] His subordinates including such gods as Morrigan the war-goddess, and Father Lir (Leir) and his son Mannanan Mac Lir.[10] The Cimmerian Conan invoked Morrigan, Macha and Nemain,[11][12] the triple war-goddesses.[13]

War-goddess Scathach was active during that era, and, in league with the Tenger god Erlik (active trough the Tarim, a prophet worshiped as Erlik's avatar) arranged for Sonja of Hyrkania to become a mighty warrior.[14]



Return to Otherworld

Around 350 AD, upon the arrival of the Milesians (the ancestors of the Celts), the Tuatha relinquished their holdings on Earth, sealed an agreement with the Milesian druid Amergin stating that the Ireland's mortal inhabitants would worship them in exchange for protection, and then returned to Otherworld.[1]

Cold war with the Asgardians

Starting in the 8th century AD, when the Asgardians-worshiping Vikings began plundering villages in the British Isle, a cold war between Tuatha and Asgardians began.[1]

That enmity lasted for century,[1] and for about a thousand years, the Asgardians and Tuatha de Danaan seemingly didn't interacted, until the modern age.[2]

Modern days

At least two events have launched back the exchanges between the two groups:

  • When the Warriors Three inadvertently killed the shapeshifting Giant Holth, his father King Gnives demanded as retribution a list of items (all extremely difficult to acquire), including Chulain's spear,[15] leading the four Asgardians to enter Otherworld.[2]
  • They eventually joined forces to defeat the Egyptian god of evil Seth, ending their enmity.[1]

Powers and Abilities


The Danaans all have some potential to practice magic,mostly but not limited to changing their appearances, transforming matter and wielding cosmic, elemental and paranormal energies.


None known.

Average Strength level

The Average Danaan male can lift (press) about 30 tons under optimal conditions; the average Danaan female can lift (press) 25 tons under optimal conditions.


None known.


Habitat: Earth-like
Gravity: Normal
Atmosphere: Normal


Type of Government: Monarchy
Level of Technology: Magic
Cultural Traits: The Danaans were worshipped as gods by the Celts and Gaels of the British Isles and Gaul, now comprising modern England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France.
Representatives: Caber, Aiden, Brigid, Cernunnos, The Dagda, The Lady of the Lake, Leir, Morrigan, Taranis et al


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"Tuatha de Danaan" translates as "Children of Danu." Danu was their ancestral spirit linked with the Danube river in Ancient Gaul (modern Germany, France and Switzerland). It sometimes appears in Celtic literature as "Tuatha de Danann."

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