Q. In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer…let’s talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?
This is my FAVORITE story by far of the Fae. There are a few other Druidic tales I like, and I should post them when I have the time.
Of Gods and Fighting Men
by Lady Augusta Gregory
THE COMING OF LUGH
Nuada of the Silver Hand was holding a great feast at Teamhair. There were two door-keepers at Teamhair, Gamal, son of Figal, and Camel, son of Riagall. A young man came to the door where one of them was, and bade him bring him in to the king.
“Who are you yourself?” said the door-keeper.
“I am Lugh, son of Cian of the Tuatha de Danaan, and of Ethlinn, daughter of Balor, King of the Fomor,” he said. “and I am foster-son of Taillte, daughter of the King of the Great Plain, and of Echaid the Rough, son of Duach,” Lugh finished.
“What are you skilled in?” said the door-keeper. “For no one without an art comes into Teamhair.”
“Question me,” said Lugh. “I am a carpenter.”
“We do not want you; we have a carpenter ourselves, Luchtar, son of Luachaid.”
“Then I am a smith,” said Lugh.
“We have a smith ourselves, Colum Cuaillemech of the Three New Ways.”
“Then I am a champion.”
“That is no use to us; we have a champion before, Ogma, brother to the king.”
“Question me again,” Lugh said. “I am a harper.”
“That is no use to us; we have a harper ourselves, Abhean, son of Bicelmos, that the Men of the Three Gods brought from the bills.”
“I am a poet,” he said. “And a teller of tales.”
“That is no use to us; we have a teller of tales ourselves, Erc, son of Ethaman.”
“And I am a magician.”
“That is no use to us; we have plenty of magicians and people of power.”
“I am a physician,” he said.
“That is no use; we have Diancecht for our physician.”
“Let me be a cup-bearer,” Lugh said.
“We do not want you; we have nine cup-bearers ourselves.”
“I am a good worker in brass,” Lugh protested.
“We have a worker in brass ourselves, that is Credne Cerd.”
Lugh paused. “Go and ask the king if he has anyone man that can do all these things, and if he has, I will not ask to come into Teamhair.”
The door-keeper went into Nuada’s house. “There is a young man at the door,” he said, “and his name should be the Ildánach, the Master of all Arts, for all the things the people of your house can do, he himself is able to do every one of them.”
Nuada looked perplexed. “Try him with the chess-boards,” said Nuada. So the chess-boards were brought out, and every game that was played, Lugh won it. When Nuada heard that he changed his mind. “Let him in, for the like of him never came into Teamhair before.”
The door-keeper let Lugh pass. He came into Nuada’s house and sat down in the seat of knowledge. And there was a great flag-stone there that could hardly be moved by four times twenty yoke of oxen. Ogma took it up and hurled it out through the house so that it landed outside of Teamhair. It was a challenge to Lugh. But Lugh hurled it back, and it landed in the middle of Nuada’s house. Lugh played the harp for them, and he had them laughing and crying, till he put them asleep at the end with a sleepy tune. And when Nuada saw all these things Lugh could do, he began to think that by his help the country might be freed of the taxes and the tyranny put on it by the Fomor. And so he came down from his throne, and he put Lugh on it in his place. He gave Lugh thirteen days on the throne, so that they might all listen to the advice he would give.
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Summer Love: Where is your ideal place to take a summer vacation & get lost in a book?
This year it’s going to have to be local so Grand Beach basically, otherwise my backyard. LOL, I don’t get a lot of reading done when I’m on the road because I’m the designated driver in the family.
When did you realize reading was your passion and a truly important part of your life?
When I was 12 I read a book about a girl with a spinal defect, basically girls between the ages of 10-12 have to get their spine checked to make sure it’s not going to be deformed. The girl in the book has to wear a spinal brace, and her life changed. My grandmother brought me the book to read and it was that book that inspired me to begin writing my own short stories at the age of 12. I’ve been passionate about reading ever since.
Another book that did it for me was when I was 13 and I read The Hobbit. That pretty much cinched it for me.