Irish Myths: Tuatha de Danann and Nuada of the Silver Hand

Once A Goddess is based on the Irish mythological cycle of the Tuatha de Danann. In honor of March and all the Irish celebrations that go along with it, I’m highlighting a few of my favorite characters from the legends of ancient Ireland.

Nuada’s Tomb, Co. Sligo photo by capallglas on

Nuada was king of the Tuatha de Danann, the mythical tribe which ruled Ireland before the coming of the Celts. And before the Danann, were the Fir Bolg tribes. In the battle of Magh Tuiredh with the Fir Bolg, Nuada lost his hand, rendering him unable to be king. The Danann law required that the king must possess all his limbs.

When Nuada was forced to give up his rule, the kingship passed onto Bres. For seven years, Bres ruled as a tyrant, making the Danann miserable. The Danann physician, Dian Cet, formed a new hand for Nuada, made of silver.  Nuada was restored as king, and – after defeating Bres – ruled for twenty more years.

In Once A Goddess, Brigid helps to restore Nuada’s silver hand, even though his political alliances changed the course of her life.


4 Comments on “Irish Myths: Tuatha de Danann and Nuada of the Silver Hand

  1. Something tells me you're ready for St. Patrick's Day! What a pretty blog!I'm unfamiliar with Irish myths, so this was fun to read, except a little sad too. Aren't all myths?


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