Fir Bolg


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Fir Bolg

 (fîr bŏlg, bŏl′əg)
pl.n. Mythology
A people who invaded and inhabited Ireland. They were defeated by the Tuatha Dé Danaan.

[Irish, from Old Irish : fir, plur. of fer, man; see wī-ro- in Indo-European roots + bolg, perhaps genitive plur. of bolg, bag (literally, "men of bags," perhaps from the notion that warriors "swell" with heroic valor in battle ); see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots.]
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The other follows ancient Irish myth, which says that the Fir Bolg were the rulers of Ireland, well before the arrival of the Tuatha De Danann, the Gaelic gods.
Tuatha deDannan and the Fir Bolg played the earliest known game on the eve of the Battle Of Moytura 5,000 years ago.
The Fir Bolg weren't just happy to beat the Tuatha deDannan but they killed them afterwards as well.
There was the mythical Fir Bolg, the Tuatha de Dannan (people of the dawn), the Celts and many others besides, each adding their own individuality and culture.
They defeated the people before them, the Fir Bolg, and also were victorious on several occasions over the Fomorians, notably in the Battle of Moytura.
Also stalking Croatoa are the monstrous Tuatha de Dannan and the Fir Bolg, which are easily identified by their fiery pumpkin heads.