Oisin and Tir Na nOg by Ann CarrollOisin was the bravest and most handsome young warrior in The Fianna and he loved adventure. So when a beautiful girl, Niamh, galloped across the waves to invite him to the Land of Eternal Youth, Oisin could not resist. He had to see Tir na n’Og for himself. But how did he get on in a country where no one ever grew old? And did being forever young bring him any joy? This story tells how Oisin’s desire to stay youthful becomes instead a quest for human happiness.
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Oisín in Tír na nÓg
In legend, those on the island are said to never age, and they never grow old. It is said to be a land where there is no illness, and no sorrow. In stories the island is covered in blooming flowers which never die, orchards of fruit trees, and forests dripping with honey. Days are filled with sports and mead. The climate is temperate, neither too hot nor too cold. Everyone who lives on the island is beautiful and young.
It is the golden path made by the sun on the ocean. A drinking horn suspended near the well or an enchanted cup is also present in some of the tales along with a silver branch containing golden apples. Niamh reluctantly lets him return on the magical horse, but warns him never to touch the ground. When he returns, he finds that years have passed in Ireland. He instantly becomes elderly, as the years catch up with him, and he quickly dies of old age. The " Seven Sleepers of Ephesus", a group of Christian youths who hid inside a cave outside the city of Ephesus around , purportedly awoke approximately years later during the reign of Theodosius II. The tradition of the land is that every seven years champions come to run against the king in order to rule.
Discovering Deep Forgotten Wisdom
There was nothing the great Finn Mac Cumhaill liked more than a feast with a story and song, except for a hunt with his hounds and his men. He was out one day hunting, enjoying the freedom of running through the land, with his hounds Bran and Sceolan by his side, and the rest of the Fianna and their dogs running behind. The dogs caught the trail of a doe, and they began to chase.
Her hair was color of the sun, and fell to her waist, and she wore a dress of palest blue studded with stars. She was surrounded by a golden light. As the beautiful woman and her horse drew nearer, all men stopped in their tracks, waiting to hear what she had to say. As Niamh had promised, this was a land where nobody knew of sadness, and where nobody ever aged, everyone there lived forever. He missed his homeland of Ireland and longed to see his father and Fianna again. She agreed to let him return to Ireland to see them again. When he got there, he could see that things had changed.