Fairies by Morgan Daimler

Fairies by Morgan Daimler

Author:Morgan Daimler [Daimler, Morgan]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 978-1-78279-696-1
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Published: 2017-12-08T05:00:00+00:00

The tip-top pickle [best] of all the corn [grain] belonged to them [the Good People]. That was collected from one and all.

County Armagh, 1938

This process is not nearly as peaceful or smooth as it may sound and some of the harvest beliefs hinge on the idea that the Irish fairies, who live in various courts led by an assortment of Queens or Kings, will fight each other for the best harvest of each area. The Good People of County Kerry and County Cork fight each other for the harvest of both counties, for example, and the fairies of Connacht and Ulster fight each other, and whoever wins the crops gathered in that county will be good while the crops of the other county are not (MacNeill, 1962).

Both the Fairy Queen Áine and King Midir have associations with this holiday. It is said that around this time Áine is the consort of the chthonic being Crom Dubh or Crom Cruach, and appears in a very fierce aspect. Midir is known to take children who wander on his sí in the first week of August. The Fairy King Donn is also said to have some connection to Lughnasa, as some folklore recounts offerings of a roosters being made to him at his sí on this date (Logan, 1981).


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