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A portrait piece of Lugh, a light deity, but in short he's good at everything he does. Let into Tara in a time when only the best artisans were let in. They pretty much had the master in every art&craft type there was, but when Lugh asked them if they had anyone that was a master at ALL crafts they admitted they didn't, and he got in.

He's featured here with the spear that, in the Welsh version of one of his tales, pierces a stone to kill the hunter which had an affair with his wife. And, in the irish version, he himself is killed by it, after his wife finds out a way to kill Lugh and tells her lover.

He's also holding a stone sling, which Lugh used to disable Balor's (his evil grandfather, Champion of the Fomorians) all-destructive eye. In other versions Lugh blinded Balor with a spear made by Goibniu, and thus we return back on the spear.

Knotwork is done with gold inks, and some silver dots.

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XaelMcEwan's avatar
Hi :wave:

I'm writing an article (for a free french webzine : [link]) on men and sacred males/divinities.
Can I use your a reproduction of your creation (with your credits and link of course) ?
Thanks for your attention !

Illahie's avatar
Hiya Xael! As long as it is for non-profit work, and my full name and website is mentioned I'm happy enough :)
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DR490NW4RRI0R's avatar
I love this version of Lugh. keeps with the traditional artwork style.
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Many thanks! If you like this one, do check out the portrait of Morrigan as well :)
Fulstein's avatar
I love the colors! also, thanks for the info behind the picture, really brings it to life.
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Thank you kindly!
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Hi your exquisite art has been featured here:[link]
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MrsBrushwood's avatar
Wonderful work :).
I think you may be interested in the Medieval-Fantasy Group. If not, please ignore this! It's a young group (I've founded it yesterday) but we are now open to new members . The purpose of our group is to find people who love the whole Medieval culture, and create things more or less connected to that period. We happily visit drawings/sculptures etc of knights, dragons, elves, people, people who reconstruct weapons, adornments and outfits. You can always join more than one group
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Sounds grand! We're can I find this group?
Cybopath's avatar
Great work, I envy your Celtic knot work, when ever I try the simplest of knot designs it falls apart like a ball of string.
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Thank you kindly Cybopath! And don't give up, just keep trying :)
amerime's avatar
Oh, this is beautiful!
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Thank you kindly :)
FaerieDragon19's avatar
Oh my god, this is amazing! It looks like an illustration from one of the old books :)
I've felt like I've had a connection with Lugh recently, and I'm not entirely sure why...I should really look into it more.
Illahie's avatar
Thank you so much! Lugh can be a gem to work with, but be careful you don't end up being used
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You're very welcome!
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