The mythology of Ireland has always fascinated me. It is rich in stories of how this magical island was formed. I could start at the very beginning, but it would take many posts to tell the story.
Here is a brief snippet from the Book of Invasions:
“The Book of Invasions of Ireland or Leabhar Gabhála as it is known in the Irish Language is the book by medieval scholar monks which describes all the Legendary Invasions of Ireland throughout the ages.
The timeline of this fascinating book covers a period from the time of Noah and the Flood to the arrival of the Celts. According to the narrative, the book of Invasions describes the arrival of the first settlers to Ireland as Cessair, a daughter of Noah, who is said to have arrived on the Island of Ireland forty days after the Great Flood.
From that time forward the book describes five subsequent invasions of Ireland by Parthalon, Nemed, the Fir Bolg, the Tuatha Dé Danann, and finally the Milesians (Gaels).”
I was drawn to the Tuatha Dé Danann for my stories about the Order of the Dragon Knights. It is said that they came from the stars and were from the tribe of the Goddess Danu. They were also known as the Shining Ones — the Faery. And I’m not talking about small faeries — think very tall, silver blonde hair, and having an ethereal glow about them. Legends states that they descended underground within the great mounds of Ireland and will return someday.
Now why would I blend the Irish mythology into Scotland? For one, when I started writing about the Order, I had them placed in Tara on Ireland. It made sense, but I kept getting the pull into Scotland. I would continue to struggle as to the setting of my story, since I loved both.
Then I had a revelation! If anyone knows the stretch of Hwy 5 in California between Sacramento and Los Angeles, parts of it are boring and desolate, which makes a great time to brainstorm. It was on one of those journeys that the two, Ireland and Scotland, collided. Why not combine them both!
So…I started with the Order of the Dragon Knights in Ireland and had them fleeing with the one remaining dragon to the Great Glen in Urquhart, Scotland.
Did the Tuatha Dé Danann have dragons? I believe they did…
As a special treat to wrap up my month of Ireland, I am sharing the official prologue for Dragon Knight’s Sword. Take a peek here.