Abarta

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Not to be confused with Abhartach, an Irish legend of similar pronunciation..

In Irish mythology, Abarta (possibly meaning "doer of deeds"[1]), was one of the Tuatha Dé Danann, and is associated with Finn MacCool.[1]

One tale of Abarta's trickery is where he offered himself as a servant to Finn MacCool, shortly after MacCool had succeeded his father as leader of the Fianna, a band of mighty Milesian warriors.[1] In a gesture of goodwill, Abarta then gave them a wild grey horse, which fourteen Fianna had to mount onto its back before it would even move.[1] After Abarta had mounted behind the Fianna on the horse, it galloped off taking the warriors to the Otherworld where the Tuatha Dé Danann had been driven underground by the Milesians.[1]

The Fianna, led by Finn MacCool's assistant Foltor, had to acquire a magical ship to hunt down Abarta's steed.[1] Foltor, being the Fianna's best tracker, managed to navigate into the otherworld, where Abarta was made to release the imprisoned Fianna warriors, and to satisfy honour, had to hold onto the horse's tail and be dragged back to Ireland.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Cotterell, Arthur: The Encyclopedia of Mythology, page 96. Hermes House, 2007. ISBN 1-84038-894-3