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Balor's Banquet


High quality digital print 

30 x 40cm, 250gm card 

each print is hand signed by artist

The Fomorians (Fomoire) were hostile Gods of chaos and wild nature. They wore no clothing in battle, only punctured animal patterns and symbols to protect them. Their spoils were food, severed heads and human captives for slaves. These heads held great significance for identity and status. By displaying the skull and bones the clan was protected and it sent a clear warning to other tribes. Among Fomorian warriors there were powerful women as well. Balor’s Banquet print finely represents two Fomorians, a man and a woman, sharing their spoils of victory.

Balor, also known as Balor of the Evil Eye, is without doubt one of the most remarkable figures of Irish lore. Ugsome and powerful as most Fomorian warriors, he was among the leaders of that same group of people. As the legend goes, his eye was made lethal after young Balor looked at his father’s druids brewing potions and charms. Just a glance of his could strike an entire army. Throughout the long lasting battle between the Fomorians and the Tuatha Dé Danann for the control of Ireland, Balor came to know he would be slain by a grandson. Fearing for his life, he decided to imprison his pregnant daughter Eithne, but this couldn’t prevent destiny to be fulfilled. Lugh Lámhfhada (Lugh of the Long Hand), fostered by Manannán mac Lir, grew fair and powerful. At the Second Battle of Mag Tuired the two opposed armies of the Fomorians and Tuatha Dé Danann gathered their champions and warriors. Knowing that directly facing his grandfather would be impossible given his mortal eye, Lugh thrust a slingstone directly through Balor’s eye, killing him instantly and warding off Fomorians once for all. (text by @limbs disarm)