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Lugh

Lugh

In medieval Irish romance, son of Kian and father of Cuchulain. He was brought up by his uncle Goban, the Smith, and by Duach, King of Fairyland. It was prophesied that Lugh should eventually overcome his father's old enemy Balor, his own grandfather. So instead of killing the three murderers of his father, Kian, he put them on oath to obtain certain wonders, including the magical spear of the king of Persia and the pigskin of the king of Greece, which, if laid on a patient, would heal him of his wound or cure him of his sickness. Thus equipped, Lugh entered the Battle of Moytura against the Fomorians, and by hurling a stone that pierced through the eye to the brain of Balor, Lugh fulfilled the Druidic prophecy.

Lugh was the Irish sun god; his final conquest of the Fomorians and their leader symbolizes the victory of light and intellect over darkness. Balor was god of darkness and brute force as embodied in the Fomorians. By his title of Ildanach, or "All Craftsman," Lugh is comparable to the Greek Apollo. He was widely worshiped by Continental Celts.

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