Lebor gabála Érenn 2G(2). Kings of the Túatha Dé Danann

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An account of the kings of the Tuatha Dé Danann, namely Nuadu, Lug, the Dagda, Delbaeth, Fíacha and the trio Mac Cuill, Mac Cécht and Mac Gréine; and their conflict with the Fomoire, culmimating in the second battle of Mag Tuired.
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Lebor gabála Érenn
Lebor gabála Érenn
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Túatha Dé Danann
Túatha Dé (Danann)
A common Irish designation for a group of supernatural or magical figures in Irish history, broadly equivalent to the áes síde. In the pseudo-historical tradition represented by Lebor gabála Érenn and other texts, they are presented and arguably, to some extent euhemerised as the pre-Christian people that conquered Ireland from the Fir Bolg and were later overcome by the sons of Míl (the Gaels).

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[ed.] [tr.] Macalister, R. A. Stewart [ed.], Lebor gabála Érenn: The book of the taking of Ireland, 5 vols, vol. 4, Irish Texts Society, 41, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 1939.
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112–121, 124–127 (§§ 310–313, 315, Rec. A and Min.); 146–151 (§§ 328–333:2, 335, subrecensions of Rec. B), 164–167 (§ 354, Rec. B – see Scowcroft); 176–181, 184–185 (§§ 362–365, 367).

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Scowcroft, R. Mark, “Leabhar Gabhála. Part I: the growth of the text”, Ériu 38 (1987): 79–140.  
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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