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The Return of Enbarr



Niamh Chinn Óir, a daughter of the god of the sea, had been living for three years with the warrior poet Oisín on Tir na nÓg, where she had given birth to two of his children.  But she could tell Oisín was homesick for Ireland and wanted to return to see it again.  So she gave him her magical stallion Enbarr, a horse with golden hooves who could gallop across the surface of the sea, but warned him not to dismount, lest he become subject to the rules of mortal time again. 

Oisín heeded the warning, but while helping some men to move a large stone, the girth of his saddle broke and he fell to ground.  The three centuries that passed in his homeland caught up with him instantly and he becomes old.  Niamh watched the sea every day for his return, and when Enbarr came back riderless, she knew the man she loved was dead.

Drawn for the 2016 CCEE Artbook and charity auction.
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