This page was first published on my polytheist Tumblr blog, Bean Chaointe. It’s a work of love, devotion, and practicality.

Disclaimer: This is not meant to present itself as the end-all, be-all of resources concerning the Morrígan.  The information here is information that I have found useful.

If there is something you would like to see linked on here or if you’re the owner of something you would like removed, please let me know.  All credit goes to the creators of their own work; I own nothing but what I’ve written myself, which has been marked with an asterisk for transparency.

Last updated: 28 August 2018.
Currently under a thorough overhaul.


Table of Contents


  1. Introductions & History
  2. Her Cult
  3. Devotional Reflections from Contemporary Polytheists
  4. Philosophical Reflections on Sovereignty, War, & Death
  5. Resources


1.
The Morrígan: 
Introductions & History


Up to seven names have been explicitly identified as the Morrígan or one of her ‘sisters’ with lots of discussion on redundancy, mistranslations, and other linguistic complications.

Getting the Basics

Anu/Anand

  1. Encyclopedias: Anu (GtGP) | Anu (Mary Jones)
  2. Why I don’t think Danu is Anu (Daimler)

Badb Catha

  1. Encyclopedias: Badb (GtGP) | Badb (Mary Jones)
  2. Badb: Morrigan of Prophecy (Daimler)
  3. Heijda, Kim – “War-goddesses, Furies and Scald Crows: The use of the word badb in early Irish literature

Bé Neit

  1. Encyclopedias: Bé Neit (GtGP)

Féa

Macha

  1. Encyclopedias: Macha (GtGP) | Macha (Mary Jones)
  2. Macha (Daimler)
  3. Macha, Mesrad, and Heads (Daimler)
  4. Story Archaeology (podcast): “The Story of Macha
  5. Story Archaeology (podcast): “Revisiting Macha

The Morrígan (singular)

  1. Encyclopedias: The Morrígan (GtGP) | The Morrígan (Mary Jones)
  2. Morrigu (Daimler)
  3. Describing the Morrigan (Daimler)
  4. Story Archaeology (podcast): “Encountering the Morrigan
  5. Story Archaeology (podcast): “Encountering the Morrigan (2)
  6. Story Archaeology (podcast): “The Battle of Moytura – The Morrigan’s View, Part 1 & Part 2
  7. On the coincidental but unrelated similarity of the Morrigan and Morgana le Fay:
  8. On the fulacht fiadh – the hearth of the Morrigan
    1. Wikipedia’s entry
    2. Fulacht na Morrigna (Daimler)

Némain 

  1. Encyclopedias: Némain (GtGP)
  2. Némain, Goddess of War (Daimler)

Na Morrígna: The Morrígan as a Collective
The degree to which the Queens are separate individuals, overlapping beings, or simply multiple aspects of a single Morrígan is a subject of ongoing discussion and, for now, has no single correct answer. While often appearing as a trio in the mythology, they do not fit the mold of Maiden, Mother, Crone, which is a much newer concept alien to Irish mythology.

Related Figures

Related Myth and Folklore


2.
Her Cult


❝Tradition is tending the flame; it’s not worshiping the ashes. ❞
– Gustav Mahler

Getting Started

General Contact & Interaction

Miscellaneous


3.
Devotional Reflections from Contemporary Polytheists


The Morrígan (as an individual)

Na Morrígna (the collective)

Badb Catha

Macha


4.
Philosophical Reflections on…


The links I chose to include here may reflect my political ideology as well as my own relationship with the Morrígan to some degree, which do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and experiences of others.

Sovereignty

War & Warrior Paths

Death

Our Community


5.
Resources


Books & Textual Resources on na Morrígna
Other pagan/polytheist authors have published works on the Queen, but the names below are the ones I feel are most reliable in terms of research and transparency of personal bias.

Book Reviews

Polytheist Sites, Blogs, & Organizations



“Then she told the Dagda that the Fomoire would land at Mag Ceidne, and that he should summon the aes dana of Ireland to meet her at the Ford of the Unshin, and she would go into Scetne to destroy Indech mac De Domnann, the king of the Fomoire, and would take from him the blood of his heart and the kidneys of his valor. Later she gave two handfuls of that blood to the hosts that were waiting at the Ford of the Unshin. It was a week before All Hallow’s.”

– Cath Maige Tuired, “The Second Battle of Mag Tuired

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Lone raven on the Hill of Tara.*

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