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Tir Na nOg

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Complete Title :
'The Little girl who wanted to ride towards Tir Na nOg'


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Tir na nÓg

In Irish legends there is talk of a mysterious island that lies beyond the western sea of Europe, appearing from time to time through the parting of mist and clouds, startling mariners with glimpses of emerald hills and crystal streams. The Gaelic name of this land is Tir na nÓg, and translates into “the land of youth” or “Land of the Young” and identifies one of the great “other worlds” of Celtic myths . In this place, time passes quite differently to that of the world we know, it is a place where people stay eternally youthful, where sorrow, decay and death are unknown.

Long, long ago in the land of Ireland, there was a band of warriors known as the Fianna, who defended Ireland against invasion. Their leader was Fionn mc Cumhail and his son was Oisin the poet.

It was Oisin who with Fionn and the Fianna were out hunting in Kerry when they stopped on a hill overlooking the ocean. Then to their amazement they spied a majestic white horse striding across the top of the waves and upon the horse was a beautiful young woman with long golden hair that flowed down past her waist and streamed out behind her in the wind.

The women rode up the hill and stopped in front of Fionn and Oisin and in conversation introduced herself as Niamh Chinn Óir from Tir na nÓg, and my father is Manannán mac Lir, who is lord in that land. Niamh means "brightness" and she was Niamh of the Golden Hair, from the land of Youth, where no-one ever grows old.

When questioned about no mention of a husband, Niamh replied that she had not given her love to any man in Tir na nÓg, because she had fallen in love with a man of Ireland, and had come here to ask him to marry her and return with her to Tir na nÓg.

Oisin realising that she was referring to himself and totally smitten by Niamh, immediately accepted her offer. Farewelling his father and companions, Oisin leaps onto the majestic white horse behind Niamh, and together they galloped off across the waves to Tir na nÓg.

But the tale does not end there, for after what seems to be only a short time, Oisin yearns to revisit his family and companions back in Ireland, little realising that three hundreds years have passed. Niamh pleads with him not to go, but Oisin is determined. So Niamh gives him a white steed that will carry him back to Ireland, and with it she warns him never to leave the horse, for if his foot touches the ground he will never be able to return.

On reaching Ireland, Oisin wanders for many miles, not recognising any landmark, nor seeing any familiar faces. He then comes upon a man struggling with a heavy stone. Oisin suddenly recognised the stone as the water trough, once belonging to his father, Fionn, except now, it was overgrown with moss and had cracks and stains that could only be formed over time. In his confusion and disbelief, Oisin dismounts and when his feet touch the ground, he suddenly ages into a shrivelled old man.


Note: Tir Na N-og is pronounced tear na knowg with a hard g. Ossian is like ocean and Niamh is neeve.


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Lordofthememes's avatar
i want to go  there
Sylphirea's avatar
This one is magical =)
CarrotGirl's avatar
Entrancing. I must say, your work is igniting something in my soul I'm not sure how to describe. Maybe it's just the state of mind I'm in today. Who can say? Whatever it is, it's wonderful.
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InpuUpUaut's avatar
It is very nice ^_^

And I get the print!! Thank you very much my dear!! :glomp:^_^
karemelancholia's avatar
Thanx so much!!

:kiss: Kare.

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zoozee's avatar
Sweet and beautiful :heart:
karemelancholia's avatar
Thanx so much!!

:kiss: Kare.

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My Pleasure :heart:
seasong3's avatar
How sad. You tell that tale beautifully. You know what's even more sad? The only version I've come across was the Christianized one, where Saint Padraig "saves" Oisin, and he is buried at a church. -_- *sigh*
Doesn't Oisin mean deer? Or something like that? And I'm not sure, but I want to know... isn't Fionn Oisin's father?
karemelancholia's avatar
Thanx so much!!
For the story idid not wrote it down, i'm not english hehe^^
i luv this legend as most fof the celtic legend.
Well for xtiansatin the same with st. Pat. when he "banned al the serpents out of Ireland". we know who the serpents are...........

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Thanx so much!!

:kiss: Kare.

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aurora-crow's avatar
your very much wlcome! :)
Rowiel's avatar
this is my fave :) i really like this one.. dont ask me why,, i simply do :)
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Thanx a lot!
I'm really happy you like it! Few do!
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fluffyvolkswagen's avatar
This is fantastic!!!

An old Irish film you might be interested in, "Into The West" here it is on IMDB [link]

Definitly worth seeing!!! ;)

You won't believe how many times I've seen it!!! Its shown on the TV here in Ireland nearly all the time!!!
karemelancholia's avatar
thanx so much!!!!!!!!
I'm glad that somes like this.
Partucularly when it comes from celtic people!
fluffyvolkswagen's avatar
No problem!!! Your very welcome!!!

Its an amazing piece of art!!!

"Into The West" is definitly a most see and I would strongly recommend!!! ;)
goell's avatar
tres joli !!!
le cheval et splendide, mais ou est la mer ???
karemelancholia's avatar
Merci...
Mais que dis-tu si je te dis que cela est une interprétation....
Comme toute forme d'art d'ailleurs...
Ne vois-tu pas l'arc celtique au fond? as ton avis qui y a til derrière? a toi d'imaginer, la création sert a ça.
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goell's avatar
il est vrai que tu a raison...
je manque de fertilité cérébrale parfois !

remarquable travail en tout cas !!!
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