Fomorians are considered by the most ancient, native inhabitants of Ireland. As legends narrate, all invaders invariably met them on the island (up to 1700-
Generally Fomorians were huge and ugly creatures. In the "The Book of Invasions" of Ireland (" The Book of Conquests", Leabhar Gabhala Eireann) they are described as "crowds of abominable giants and monsters" -
One of the most picturesque persons -
"The baneful eye was at him. This eye was opened only in the field of fight. Four persons were necessary to raise an eyelid of his eye by four polish rods passed through eyelids. The army which would look in this eye, could not resist, even if be in many thousands by number".
The "Destruction of Da Derg house" saga describe another Fomorian -
It is rather curious description of Fomorian Loh Letglas in "The Battle of Mag Tuired" saga who was "green half from ground to crown".
Perhaps, it is all descriptions of the true appearance of Fomorians. Much more often in legends there are absolutely others Fomorians -
Here before us is Fomorian Elatha -
Both in Irish and Welsh legends there is not enough information and on a lifestyle, customs and capacityies of fomorians. They were the only beings comparable to Tuatha de Danann in the art of magic. They could clear away a fog, withdraw (take back) waters, stop a storm called by magicians of the people of Danu. Imitating them, druids sometimes conjured, standing on one leg and having folded one eye. The data presents that Fomorians (at least, one of them by name Mata) could "hear" any talks in the country because the wind brought them all the words even said in a whisper.
Fomorians were rather tempted in a military science and fighted almost against all who arrived to Ireland.
"Truly, to fight against fomorians was all the same to punch a wall by head, to hold an arm in a snake nest or to substitute a face to flame".
Destiny of Fomorians
Irish legends definitely indicate that Fomorians were perfect breeders and farmers. Bres, appealing for mercy to Tuatha då Danann, promised that "milk at cows of Ireland" will not run out for ever". Then he had told that if he would be saved, Irishman would reap the harvest each quarter of year. At last, when it also had not saved him, he had learnt "people of Ireland" how it is necessary to till, sow and reap: "… let till on Tuesday, fields sow on Tuesday, on Tuesday let reap". This formula which had saved life to Bres, is alive till now in Ireland as talisman from otherwordly forces which aim to steal fruits of farmer labours.
Whom fomorians were ?
So, whom Fomorians were? More often they are considered by dark demons or gods and opposed to light demons or gods -
There is an opinion that the word "Fomorian" means virgin antiquity or chaos to which Celts traditionally related the immense ocean populated by any monstrous monsters. It was opposite to such concepts, as heaven and the sun. Fomorians themselves considered as beings more ancient than gods, from ams of which they, in long run, should be perished.
In the late mediaeval texts the word "Fomorian" acquires meanings "giant", and in church tradition they are imaged in the same row with elves, horseheaded and other ugly beings. Sometimes they are considered as the tribe (nation) leading their stem from Cain and Ham, the damned son of the Noah.
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The section "Aboriginal inhabitants"
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