Oisin and niamh tir na nog
Oisin and Tir Na nOg by Ann CarrollOisin was the bravest and most handsome young warrior in The Fianna and he loved adventure. So when a beautiful girl, Niamh, galloped across the waves to invite him to the Land of Eternal Youth, Oisin could not resist. He had to see Tir na n’Og for himself. But how did he get on in a country where no one ever grew old? And did being forever young bring him any joy? This story tells how Oisin’s desire to stay youthful becomes instead a quest for human happiness.
Oisin and Tir na nOg
Tir na nOg: The Story of Niamh and Oisin
In the Irish myth cycles, the land of Tir na nOg is the realm of the Otherworld, the place where the Fae lived and heroes visited on quests. It was a place just outside the realm of man, off to the west, where there was no illness or death or time, but only happiness and beauty. In many of the Celtic legends, Tir na nOg plays an important role in the forming of both heroes and mystics. The very name, Tir na nOg, means the "land of youth" in the Irish language. The best known tale of Tir na nOg is the story of the young Irish warrior Oisin, who fell in love with the flame-haired maiden Niamh, whose father was the king of Tir na nOg.
For many centuries the fabled island has been sought, which legend says lays off the coast of Ireland. In the twelfth century Giraldus Cambrensis told the story how one day a strange island appeared off the west coast of Ireland, but when the people made out for in in a boat, it vanished as they drew near. Later, as it reappeared, another group attempted to reach it again, and when they were within range, fired a red-hot arrow which struck the land, and made the island stationary. Niamh rode out to Erin on a snow-white steed and captured the heart of Oisin, of the Fianna. With her long-golden hair and her voice of quiet beauty, which had the power to still the wind, and stop the baying of the hounds, she sang a song of love, and captivated Oisin, who agreed to travel with her to the land of Tir na nOg. He agreed and mounted the fairy-steed, and they rode away, across the sea, and under the waves where they reached the fairy land. After a period of a year spent living with Niamh and enjoying everything a mortal man could wish for, Oisin expressed a wish to return to his folk as the desire for home overcame him.
The spot was named the Well of the Women tipra an bhantrachta , and it was on the edge of the Lake of the Red Stag loch and daimh dheirg. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other persons named Niamh, see Niamh disambiguation. The Battle of Gabhra. Ossianic Society. Celtic Connections: Language, literature, history, culture. Tuckwell Press.
It is the golden path made by the sun on the ocean. A drinking horn suspended near the well or an enchanted cup is also present in some of the tales along with a silver branch containing golden apples. Niamh reluctantly lets him return on the magical horse, but warns him never to touch the ground. When he returns, he finds that years have passed in Ireland. He instantly becomes elderly, as the years catch up with him, and he quickly dies of old age.
You might check into Maire Brennan's song of the same name. Dear Celtic Lady, your blog is exceptionally interesting. Thatnks for all the hard work and the entertainment which it provides. Wow what an enchanting story. This is my firsr visit to your blog. I enjoyed myself so much that I decided to follow you. I love all things Irish.