Posted on | January 8, 2015 | Comments Off on Legend of the Liathmór
Irish mythology tells of the Liathmór, a vast and malign entity that would cover the entire world with a thick, grey ‘Blanket of Dispair’ for years at a time. The sun would be completely obscured and the people condemned to a cold and dismal subsistence. So long would the Liathmór’s blanket block the light that, indeed, the existence of the sun itself became almost the stuff of legend.
Of course, these days, modern science has dispelled much of the old beliefs. We now know for a fact that the sun does exist and that the Liathmór’s thick blanket of grey misery covers mostly just Ireland.