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Lonely daughter of Lir - Neil Moore - Framed Print - 20"H x 16"W


Lonely daughter of Lir - Neil Moore - Framed Print - 20"H x 16"W

This print did confuse us, as we were always under the impression that the children of Lir were in fact swans, and non of us in the office has ever seen a swan play a flute

Ler is the lord of the Sea in Irish mythology. . He corresponds to the Llŷr of Welsh mythology. Ler is chiefly an ancestor figure, and is the father of the god Manannán mac Lir, who appears frequently in medieval Irish literature. Ler appears as the titular king in the tale The Children of Lir.

Ler is a key character in the mythological story The Children of Lir; however, it is not definitely established whether this is the same person as Manannán's father or a different Ler. The Ler in this story was the rival of Bodb Dearg for the kingship of the Tuatha Dé Danann after their retreat into the fairy mounds. In order to appease Ler, Bodb gave one of his daughters to marry him, Aeb. She bore him four children, one girl, Fionnuala, and three sons, Aed and twins, Fiachra and Conn.

The king's four children were cursed, and turned into swans by their wicked stepmother, Aoife, they retained the power of human speech, but also were possessed of the gift of music. They lived for 900 Years. The signal that the curse was soon to end came when the hermit Mo Caemóc arrived in Inishglory and the Christian matin bells were rung there for the first time. The hermit heard the swans' beautiful singing, took them in, and looked after them for a time. When the curse was lifted from Fionnuala and her brothers, the hermit was astonished at the sight of four ancient, withered human beings close to death. He quickly baptized them so they could ascend to heaven, and he later buried them together in a single grave.

This tale is the reason that over the centuries the Irish have been protective of swans, to the extent that it is practically taboo to kill them.

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