He came to rule Murias, one of the four cities inhabited by the Tuatha de Danaan (the Celtic gods) and became one of the most skilled users of druid magic of his people. He also sired the war god Bodb Derg with the war goddess Morrigan.
Hyborian Age (10,000 BC)
Earth (1896 BC to 350 AD)
After losing his hand, Nuada was unable to rule and was suceeded by half-Fomorian Bres. After a seven-years reign, he was deposed by the Tuatha who chose the Dagda as their new king. His eldest son, the war god Bodb Derg, believing himself a better leader than his father, secretly plotted to control the Tuatha de Danaan by force.
Return to Otherworld (350 AD)
Circa 350 AD, the Milsians(ancestors of the Celts). arrived to Ireland. The Dagda decided that the Tuatha de Danaan should reliquish their holdings in the Earthrealm and return to Otherworld. Bodb Derg enraged and attempted to control the Tuatha by force but was defeated and banished to the netherworld of Annwn.
In modern times, when Leir felt honor bound to aid the Asgardians against the Heliopolitan god of evil Seth as repayment for Thor previously helping Leir vanquish one of Seth’s beasts from Otherworld, the Dagda supported the decision (even though the Tuatha de Danaan and Asgardians had until that time been hereditary enemies). The Dagda deployed Tír na nÓg’s greatest warriors, led by Leir and Caber, to defend Asgard against Seth’s invading forces, but remained in Otherworld to conduct the battle strategy from afar. However, when the impulsive Leir and the strategic Asgardian war god Tyr began to clash over a disagreement in battle tactics, the Dagda decided that it would be best to also travel to Asgard in order to assist the Asgardian light god Balder in keeping peace among Asgard’s allies. As Seth’s invading army continued its unrelenting assault on Asgard, Tyr and the Asgardian warrior Sif contemplated a strategic retreat to regroup, an idea that Leir considered cowardly until the Dagda convinced him it was the best option. Asgardian reinforcements eventually arrived, Seth was defeated, and the Tuatha de Danaan returned to Otherworld.
Soon after, a giant troll attacked a village of the Tuatha de Danaan in Tír na nÓg. The Dagda congratulated Leir, who fended off the troll’s attack, and informed him that the troll was sent by their enemies the Fomorians. Driven by vengeance, Leir led Caber and a troop of Celtic warriors into the Dark Realm of the Fomorians to kill their enemies in retaliation. But before Leir was able to draw Fomorian blood, the Dagda conjured a swarm of hornets which caused the would-be combatants to scatter. When Leir later asked the Dagda why he stopped the battle, the Dagda explained that the initial Fomorian attack did not result in any death and therefore Leir was foolhardy to respond disproportionately with lethal force.
Months later, the Dagda channeled his magic through an ancient druidic temple to locate the Asgardian realm after it drifted into the Negative Zone because its anchor to Earth, the Bifrost, had been severed. At Leir’s request, the Dagda opened a mystic gateway from Otherworld to Asgard; but once Leir boastfully announced his plans to venture to Asgard in order to claim Sif as his bride, the Dagda was unable to close the gateway in time to prevent Leir’s departure. As the Dagda closed the gateway, Caber followed Leir to Asgard in order to ensure his impetuous actions did not spark a war with the Asgardians.
When the industrial entities known as the Manchester Gods materialized in Otherworld and began assimilating the landscape, an informal summit was held between Master Wilson of the Manchester Gods and the various rulers of Otherworld: the Dagda, the Lady of the Lake, King Arthur, Merlyn, and Captain Britain. However, no compromise was reached, as Master Wilson demanded that gods should no longer rule Otherworld, and the two sides went to war. Later, the Dagda, the Lady of the Lake, Merlyn, Captain Britain, and other denizens of Otherworld were assembled in Camelot by King Arthur to rally the alliance of factions for battle against the Manchester Gods. As the war raged on, the Dagda, the Lady of the Lake, Merlyn, Captain Britain, and King Arthur conducted battle strategy from within Camelot. But when the Asgardian god Loki sympathized with the message of the Manchester Gods and detonated several symbolic locations which empowered the traditional gods and lords of Otherworld, the battle shifted in favor of the Manchester Gods, at which time they pressured their enemies into signing a treaty under terms favorable to them. The Dagda, the Lady of the Lake, Merlyn, Captain Britain, and King Arthur were present at the signing of the armistice with Master Wilson that brought an end to the war with the Manchester Gods and established Otherworld as a parliamentary democracy rather than a monarchy.
Powers and Abilities
The Dagda possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Celtic gods.
The Dagda possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift 90 tons without using his other powers.
The Dagda owns an enchanted wooden club with enough power to slay nine men with a single blow or to restore those fallen in battle back to life. When he dragged the ground with it, he created furrows in the earth. He used as a striking weapon, or as a wand to channel his spells.
- In Celtic mythology, Eochaid Ollathair was another name for the Dagda.
- 9 appearance(s) of Eochaid Ollathair (Earth-616)
- 2 mention(s) of Eochaid Ollathair (Earth-616)
- 4 image(s) of Eochaid Ollathair (Earth-616)
Links and References
- The Dagda at the Guide to the Mythological Universe
- The Dagda at the Appendix to the Marvel Universe