About the Irish Cycle

WHAT IS THE IRISH CYCLE?

The myths of pre-Christian Ireland (much of which has been lost or altered, the original stories irretrievable because they were never written down) are generally presented in four distinct cycles: the Mythological Cycle, the Ulster Cycle, the Fenian Cycle, and the Historical Cycle; also known as the Cycle of the Kings.

The oldest of these, the Mythological Cycle, tells the stories of the ancient Celtic gods and the origins of the Irish people. They are detailed in story and poem in Lebor Gabála Érenn, the Book of Invasions, and tell of a series of invasions that were fought over what is now modern day Ireland.

The most significant of these battles were between the Tuatha Dé Danann, the “People of the Goddess Danu”, a race of deities who were ultimately driven underground to become the fairy people of later myth and legend, and their greatest enemy, the Fomorians. A supernatural race themselves, often portrayed as hostile and monstrous beings who came from the sea.

It is from these ancient stories the next great chapter begins: The Irish Cycle.

Today, with the fate of not just the Emerald Isle but all of this world, and Otherworlds, at stake, the Irish Cycle chronicles what comes next in the greatest battle this world has ever seen.

It is the collected stories of the brave men and women, some human, some not so much, but heroes all, who will give their all, and then more, in their epic struggle to fight the final, ultimate battle of good verse evil, to do whatever they can, sacrifice whatever they must, to win the war for our survival, and for the very soul of all mankind.

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