Friday, August 26, 2005


UI's Celtic Mythology - Fraoch

Fraoch ("wrath" or "fury"), in Irish mythology, was a warrior who defeated a fearsome water monster in order to marry Findbhair, who was the daughter of Queen Medb of Connacht. The terrible struggle with the monster left Fraoch very badly wounded and he recovered only after a timely visit to the otherworld. His mother Be Find (who was a goddess) and sister of the river goddess Boann) nursed him back to health so that he could claim the hand of Findbhair. The account of Fraoch and the water monster is thought to have had some influence on the Danish legend of Beowulf's battle with Grendel, a monster invulnerable to weapons who lived in an underwater tavern.


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