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5 Celtic Mythological Creatures You Probably Didn’t Know

1. Cormoran

Cormoran is a giant known to exists in the folklores of Cornwall. It is said, in local traditions, that he has along with his wife Cormelian created the island from which he raid the mainland communities. Cormoran appears in various fairy tales and folklores including “Jack the Giant Killer” where he is the first giant killed by Jack. He also appears in the story “Tom the Tinkeard” as giant whose threat is limited due to his age.

2. Fachen

Fachen is a creature who is depicted as having only a half body in Scottish and Scots-Irish folklore. Apparently, because of his mane which is made of black feathers and a very wide mouth, he is scary that he appearance can cause heart attacks. He appears in various stories such as Popular Tales of the West Highlands by John F Campbell.

3. Elatha 

Elatha was a prince of the Fomorian race and the father of Bres. He is known as the beautiful Miltonic prince of darkness with golden hair. It has been narrated that he came to his wife, Eri, over the sea in a vessel of silver. He made the journey with appearance of a young man with yellow hair, wearing clothes of gold and five fold torcs.


4. Balor

Another giant from the Fomorian race, described as creature with large eye in his forehead that causes havoc and destrcution when opened. In the story Cath Maige Tuired, it is narrated that the eye is “poisonous” that no army can withstand, and says that it can take four men to lift the eyelid. It is also said that he is always covered in seven cloaks to keep it cool. He would take one cloak at a time. It is said with taking each of the cloak an event would take place in the surroundings: “At the third, wood and trees began to heat up. At the fourth, smoke came out of the wood and trees”.

5. Fodla

Fodla, daughter of Ernmas of the Tuatha De Denann race. Along with her sisters Banba and Eriu asked bard Amgergin – when Milesians from Spain arrived, if her name be given to the country. It is said that Eriu won the argument although poets hold that all of them were granted their wish. Hence, ‘Fodhla” is sometimes used as literary name for Ireland, in the same way poets sometimes use Albion for Great Britain.

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