The Fomorians Giants are a supernatural race in Irish mythology.
They are often portrayed as hostile and monstrous beings who come from the sea or underground. Later, they were portrayed as giants and sea raiders are an ancient mystery. They are enemies of Ireland’s first settlers and opponents of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the other supernatural race in Celtic mythology. However, their relationship with the Tuath Dé is complex and some of their members intermarry and have children. The Fomorians have thus been likened to the Yoe tnar of Norse mythology. The Fomorians seem to have been gods who represent the harmful or destructive powers of nature; personifications of chaos, darkness, death, blight and drought.
The Tuath Dé, in contrast, seem to represent the gods of growth and civilisation. It has also been suggested that the Fomorians derive from an older group of gods who were displaced by a newer group. In Old and Middle Irish, the race is usually called the Fomoire or Fomoiri (plural)or Fomors. The etymology of the name is debated. The first part is now generally agreed to be the Old Irish fo, meaning under, below, lower, beneath, nether, etc.
The meaning of the second part is unclear. One suggestion is that it comes from the Old Irish mur meaning (sea), and that the name thus means something like “the undersea ones”. This was the interpretation offered by some medieval Irish writers. Another suggestion is that it comes from mór (great/big) and means something like “the great under(world) ones”, “the underworld giants” or “the nether giants” Please watch the video for more information on the Fomorian Giants from Celtic mythology at mythology explored by ancient mystery on youtube.
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