Mythical Creatures Series
It was once believed that fomorians preceded the Gods themselves, similar to the Greek Titans, representing the God of chaos and wild nature.
What is it?
Fomorians were said to be a semi-divine race who once inhabited Ireland in ancient times. They were pretty much giants. There is some debate between scholars what their name actually means, ranging from them being a demon to living under the sea. Perhaps they are amphibious demons from a watery underworld?
They almost always fought against all who arrived to Ireland.
Ability / Power
By the look of them, brawn and strength is their power and no doubt nothing stands in the way of these guys, but remember they also wield the power of nature. They could clear away a fog, withdraw (take back) waters, stop a storm. They do remind me of ogres.
Sometimes they are said to have the body of a man and the head of a goat. Other times they have one eye, one arm and one leg, while others saw them as beautiful, such as per Elatha who in Irish mythology was the prince of the Fomorians. In the “The Book of Invasions” of Ireland (” The Book of Conquests”, Leabhar Gabhala Eireann) they are described as “crowds of abominable giants and monsters.” Nice!
Many of the games using the fomorian always depicts them as hideous, ugly, covered in boils and wicked. Why can’t the fomorian be a good guy?
Did you know? There are many versions of fomorians in most popular roll playing games, such as Dungons & Dragons and Forgotten Realms.
Previous Mythical Creature Posts:
Marchosias: A Kick-Ass Creature, Ningyo: The Deadly Mermaid, Abatwa: Riding Ants To Victory, Cait Sith: It Gets Into Your Mind, Anka: The Goliath Bird, Huldra: Norse Forest Lady, iele: Romanian Nymphs Of The Air, Manticore: The Man-Eater, Hantu Demon: Legendary Spirit, Lich: Undead Necromancer, Joan The Wad: Queen of Piskies