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Dagda the Good is best read as part of “The Ages of the World”. With that in mind if we look at the relationship between the Tuatha De Danann and the Fomorians and more specifically their prince Bres in The Ages of the World we see that this story would have occurred shortly before and into the beginning of the second battle of Mag Tured [Don99]Which tells us that the Tuatha De Danann had already tried to make peace with the Fomorians (who by all accounts were evil and greedy) and when Bres, who’s father was a Fomorian and who’s mother was Tuatha De Danann, turned out to be a poor king and was removed from power he started a war. Given that the Fomorians had tried to rule and tax every prior group living in Ireland I believe this myth could have roots in actual historical events where a raiding nation kept trying to take over the land but were seen by the people as greedy and evil aggressors and the wise ruling people attempted to make peace with them and it failed leading to war. I see the story of Dagda the Good as a tale about a great leader among the rulers of Ireland
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  • Spring '14
  • MatthewJ.Ruane
  • Tuatha Dé Danann, Fomorians, Lugh, Bres, The Dagda

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