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Overview

The Tuatha de Danaan are a humanoid race of extradimensional beings that hale from Avalon, a small pocket-dimension adjacent to Earth. An interdimensional nexus between Avalon and Earth can be reached via the United Kingdom. They are also known as the Celtic Gods, who have been worshiped by the Celts (a civilization of humans who lived in the British Isles and regions of Europe). The worship of the gods fell with the rise of Christianity.[9]

History

Origin

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.[9]

Pre-Cataclysmic Age

Mannanan and Lir, both sea-gods, were worshiped as such by the Atlanteans of the Pre-Cataclysmic Age.[10]

Over 21,000 years ago, the new god Crom led a shaman to three iron-bound books of magic, which the shaman used to imprison Shuma-Gorath in what would become Mount Crom in Cimmeria.[11]

Hyborian Age

The Tuatha de Danaan were worshipped at least in 18,000 BC:[12]

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.[18]

A dark god, the Lord of the Dark Forest, Lord of Forests and Lord of Death, Arawn was active within the Dark Forest (or Twilight Forest) of the Border Kingdom (along with his spirit-beasts), where he had chosen for bride the Argossean Merya after she asked every gods that were listening for rescue from a band of Picts that chased her. Arawn was repelled by Conan, but Merya was killed in the process.[19]

Earth

Following Iarbonel's death, Nuada 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]

Human worship / 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 Glúingel stating that Ireland's mortal inhabitants would worship them in exchange for protection, and then returned to Otherworld.[1]

Another mention the Celts worshipping them from 900 B.C., and until 600 A.D.[12]

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 did not interact, 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,[20] 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
Representatives: Caber, Cernunnos, The Dagda, The Lady of the Lake, Leir, Morrigan, Taranis

The Nethergods, including Necromon and Mandrac, were possibly degenerated Tuatha de Danaan.[21]

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 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. Journey into Mystery #639
  6. Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
  7. Marvel Atlas #1; Ireland's entry, domestic superhumans section
  8. Marvel Atlas #1; Ireland's entry, nonhuman population section
  9. 9.0 9.1 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Tuatha de Danaan
  10. 10.0 10.1 Conan the Barbarian #74
  11. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 4 #18; Shuma-Gorath's entry
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #3; Council of Godheads's entry
  13. 13.0 13.1 King Conan #2
  14. 14.0 14.1 Official Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Gods and Worship's entry
  15. Savage Sword of Conan #54; The Stalker Amid the Sands
  16. Savage Tales #4; Night of the Dark God
  17. Conan the Barbarian #31
  18. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Tenger's entry
  19. Conan the Barbarian #135
  20. Thor: Blood Oath #1
  21. Marvel Legacy: The 1980s Handbook #1; Necromon's entry
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