Also known as Fomorians, Fomoire, Fomoiri, Fomhoraigh, Fomore, Fo-Muir.
- Mythical Number: #1127
- Culture: Celtic
- Attribute: Humanoid
- Behaviour: Deadly
Fomors originate from tales told in the Cath Maige Turied and the Lebor Gabala. These monsters had the body of a human but the head of either a horse or goat. They had only one eye, one arm and one leg. Some Fomors were beautiful such as Elatha and Bres. Overall the Fomors were sinister monsters and very territorial. Anyone who entered their territory had to pay a fine. Those who did not faced punishment. They had to sacrifice their cattle to the Fomors. If this was not possible then the travellers were in very deep trouble. The Fomors would then slice of the nose of the un-paying victim, and then they would allow the travellers to pass.
From the mythology of Ireland, the Fomors were the original inhabitants of the island after the great flood. Their civilization began with only 50 men and 50 women. The Fomors lived on fish and fowl and were led by their hero Cichol. When the Partholon and his people invaded, these creatures were transformed into grotesque monsters. Partholon killed Cichol in the battle of Magh Ithe. Although victorious, many of Partholons men caught the plague and died. After 30 years of peace and and empty Ireland, the Fir Bolg came and invaded but they did not encounter the Fomorians. A great warrior called Bres, lost his arm and became a Fomorian. Bres took help from a Fomorain known as Balor and Balor helped raise an army. Eventually a war was fought with Balor and Bres fighting together against Lug (another half-Fomorian) and the Tuatha De. In this battle Lug killed Balor and the Fomorians under Balor retreated and are driven to the sea.
After the introduction of Christianity these beings were seen as Demons. Later they became known as weather and crop spirits.
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