Monday, August 29, 2005


UI's Celtic Mythology - Goibhniu

Goibhniu (Gweev-New) was the Irish smith god and one of the Tuatha De Danann. He could make a perfect sword or spear with three blows of his magic hammer. Just before the second battle of Magh Tuireadh, a Fomorii spy came to see how Goibhniu made such impressive weapons, and even wounded the god. Goibhniu was said to preside over an otherworld feast called Fled Goibnenn (Gwib-nen), for which he brewed the ale. His Welsh counterpart was named Govannon.

Those who have read these stories on Celtic mythology will be aware that sometimes after I write these pieces, I offer a humorous or satirical take on them. But seeing as I can't see any potential for humour in a story about a magic hammer, I won't do so this time...


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