The Childrenof Lir
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The Childrenof Lir an Irish legend by Michael Scott

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Published by Methuen Children"s in London .
Written in English

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Edition Notes

StatementMichael Scott ; illustrated by Jim Fitzpatrick.
SeriesA Magnet book
ContributionsFitzpatrick, Jim, 1948-
The Physical Object
Pagination88p. :
Number of Pages88
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22328452M
ISBN 100416550002

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First in a series of books that explores Irish folklore for children. In the first book readers are introduced to the king of Lir who is happy living in the castle with his wife and four children. They rule over their subjects until one day the queen dies. The family is disconsolate.4/4(49). “Children of Lir” is story of King Lir who lived happily with his four children in his kingdom. They were happy and seems as perfect for each other. But with a twist, king Lir wife died and whole family started to break down. For handling such crises, King called his wife sister who has power of spell/5.   Gr 3 Up-- This book makes a gorgeous first impression. However, compared to the traditional story of the children of Lyr as retold by Joseph Jacobs (Celtic Fairy Tales Dover, ) or the collection Irish Folktales (Pantheon, ), it seems an irresponsible adaptation.5/5(1). The Children of Lir Text size: A- A A+ King Lir of Ireland had four young children who were cared for tenderly at first by their stepmother, the new queen; but there came a time when she grew jealous of the love their father had for them, and resolved that she would stand for it no longer.8/10().

Once upon a time there lived a King called Lir who had four children: a daughter called Fionnuala and three sons called Aodh, Fiachra and mo. The Children of Lir. Long ago there was a king called Lir. He lived in a castle with his wife and four beautiful children Fionnula, Aodh, Conn and Fiachra. Lir’s wife died and they all missed her very much. The king saw that his children were very sad and needed a mother, so he decided to marry again. The Fate of the Children of Lir. IT happened that the five Kings of Ireland met to determine who should have the head kingship over them, and King Lir of the Hill of the White Field expected surely he would be elected. When the nobles went into council together they chose for head king, Dearg, son of Daghda, because his father had been so great a Druid and he was the eldest of his father's sons. The Children of Lir is a famous Irish legend which is a part of the Irish Mythological Cycle, which consists of numerous tales and poems found in medieval manuscripts. Bodb Derg was elected king of the Tuatha Dé Danann, much to the annoyance of Lir. In order to appease Lir, Bodb gave one of his daughters to marry him, Aoibh.

'The story of the Children of Lir is one of the most haunting and tragic of Ireland's legends. Betrayed by their step-mother, and changed by her into the likeness of four swans, they were forced to spend nine hundred yeas under the terrible enchantment. Children of Lir Long ago in ancient Ireland, Lir married Aobh (Eve), foster daughter of Bodb Dearg, King of the Tuathe de Danaan. Together they had four children; Fionnuala, Aodh, and twins Conn and . The Children of Lir is one of the three great ‘tragedy’ narratives of ancient Ireland (the other two being The Fate of the Sons of Tuirenn and Deirdre of the Sorrows). It’s a tale that pretty much everyone in Ireland knows, primarily from school but also through a number of other routes (plays, television, books). After the death of his wife, Aobh, King Lir marries her sister Aiofe, whose beauty ``hid an evil heart.'' Jealous of her husband's love for his four children, Aiofe casts a spell on the youths.