Cú Chulainn

Definition

Cú Chulainn (pron. Koo-kul-in), also Cúchulainn, is one of the greatest heroes of Irish-Celtic mythology, particularly the Ulster Cycle. The son of another cultural hero-figure, Lugh, Cú Chulainn is a mighty warrior whose weapon is Gáe Bolga, a terrible spear that inflicts 30 wounds on its target from only a single strike. Cú Chulainn is involved in many adventures such as defending Ulster from a Connacht army, amorous engagements with warrior-queens and fairies, and the tragic killing of his own son Connla. Cú Chulainn is known for his tremendous agility and skills but is ultimately undone by sorcery and killed by another hero, Lugaid mac Con Roi.

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  • c. 1100
    The Lebor Gabála Erenn ('Book of invasions') recounts, through tales of mythology, the ancient and medieval history of Ireland.
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