The Morrigan
The Morrígan
("phantom queen") or Mórrígan ("great queen"), also written as Morrígu or in the plural as Morrígna, and spelt Morríghan or Mór-ríoghain in Modern Irish, is a figure from Irish mythology who appears to have been considered a goddess, although she is not explicitly referred to as such in the texts. However being part of the Deity Family of Danu ,The Morrígan is coinsidered to be a Goddess as part of guilt by association by being in a Familiy made up of deities.

The Morrígan is a goddess of battle, strife, and sovereignty. She is one of the triple Goddesses, her different aspects are represented by Anu (the fertility maiden), Badb (the boiling mother cauldron) and either Macha (the death crone) or Nemain.


There is some disagreement over the true meaning of the Morrígan's name as to whether it means Phantom or Monster. Mor is generally agreed by current day scholars to be the Indo-European root cognate for something bad or evil usually death and is the word that evolved into other words such as Mortal , Mortality , Mortuary , Monsters etc , etc. Connoting terror or monstrousness, cognate with the Old English maere (which survives in the modern English word "nightmare") and the Scandinavian mara and the Old Russian "mara" ("nightmare"); while rígan translates as 'queen'. such as the English word reign. This can be reconstructed in Proto-Celtic as *Moro-rīganī-s. Accordingly, Morrígan is often translated as "Phantom Queen" and "Monster Queen". These two meanings are the derivations generally favored in current scholarship.

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