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History

Origin and early years in Otherworld

The precise origin of the Tuatha remains shrouded in legend. According to ancient myths, the high chieftain Iarbonel coupled with the primordial Earth Mother Danu (Gaea) and sired the first generation of Celtic gods.[8]

Pre-Cataclysmic Age

The Tuatha de Danaan were worshipped prominently at least in 18,000 BC,[9] and Mannanan and Lir, both sea-gods, were worshiped by the Atlanteans of the Pre-Cataclysmic Age.[10]

Hyborian Age

A number of Tuatha have been worshiped during the Hyborian Age:[1]

The 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.[8]

Earth

Following Iarbonel's death, Nuada's took the lead of the Tuatha de Danaan. They left their cities in Otherworld 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]

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,[14] 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

Powers

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.

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.

Habitat

Habitat: Earth-like
Gravity: Normal
Atmosphere: Normal

Miscellaneous

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

Trivia

"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."

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Tuatha de Danaan's entry
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Thor Blood Oath #4
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Marvel Comics Presents #30
  4. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Cairbre's entry
  5. Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
  6. Marvel Atlas #1; Ireland's entry, domestic superhumans section
  7. Marvel Atlas #1; Ireland's entry, nonhuman population section
  8. 8.0 8.1 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Tenger's entry
  9. 9.0 9.1 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #3; Council of Godheads's entry
  10. 10.0 10.1 Conan the Barbarian #74
  11. 11.0 11.1 King Conan #2
  12. 12.0 12.1 Official Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Gods and Worship's entry
  13. Savage Sword of Conan #54; The Stalker Amid the Sands
  14. Thor Blood Oath #1