The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog

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The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog
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Format Action/Adventure
Fantasy
Created by Saban Entertainment
Starring Lochlainn O'Mearain
Lisa Dwan
Vincent Walsh
Justin Pierre
Kelly Campbell
Charlotte Bradley
Ned Dennehy
Peadar Lamb
Stephen Brennan
Ben Palmer
Voices of Ned Dennehy
Shaun Elebert
Enda Kilroy
Composer(s) Shuki Levy
Kussa Mahchi
Country of origin Ireland
United States
No. of episodes 50
Production
Executive producer(s) Haim Saban
Producer(s) Robert Hughes
Location(s) Ireland
Broadcast
Original run September 7, 1998 – May 7, 1999

The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog is an Irish/American television series set in a fantasy version of ancient Ireland, created by Saban Entertainment.[1] It was loosely based on actual Irish mythology. The name derives from Tír na nÓg, one of the Otherworlds of Irish mythology. It was Saban's first fantasy series to involve knights, dragons, and wizards.[2] It aired on the Fox Kids block on Fox from September 1, 1998 and ending on May 7, 1999. A second season entitled Mystic Knights: Battle Thunder was planned, but was later cancelled, and its budget was put towards Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. The resulting series was an attempt in doing an original non-Japanese special-effects series rather than adapting from actual Japanese tokusatsu.[3][4][5][6][7]

Plot[edit]

Queen Maeve of Temra wants to rule the land of her birth, the peaceful kingdom of Kells. She therefore calls upon the dark fairy Mider, who gives her the mystical Rune Stone that allows Maeve to use sorcery, most often to summon mystical, dangerous creatures like ogres and evil giants, whom she sends to destroy Kells. King Conchobar of Kells hears of Maeve's evil plan and seeks a way to protect his kingdom and peoples. Rohan, a druid's apprentice discovers an ancient scroll telling of a legendary warrior called Draganta who would save that kingdom. Because Rohan's birthmark matched a prominent sign on the scroll, the King sends Rohan on the quest to find Draganta, with his friend the reformed thief Angus.

The two are joined by the foreign Prince Ivar, and the king's daughter, Princess Deirdre, follows them. They are drawn to the realm of Tir Na Nóg, ruled by the fairy King, Fin Varra. Fin Varra puts the group through various tests to determine their worthiness, which they pass. King Fin Varra gives them another section of the ancient scroll, and mystical weapons which give control of the Classical Elements Fire, Air, Earth, and Water. The four young warriors battle the four Sentinels of Temra, who guard elemental armor, and defeat them, earning the title Mystic Knights (Rohan becomes the Mystic Knight of Fire, Angus Earth, Ivar Water, and Deirdre Air).

Each Knight can call upon their mystical element for powers unique to it. Aideen, a small, winged fairy, continues to offer periodic assistance to the young heroes as they battle Queen Maeve. Eventually, Rohan manages to tame Pyre, the Dragon of Dare. This feat, and Pyre's later assistance as an oracle, reveals Rohan as the legendary hero Draganta. Later in the series, another Mystic Knight emerges; Garrett, the Mystic Knight of Forest. He begins as an adversary under the control of Queen Maeve, but frees himself from her influence, throwing his lot in with the Mystic Knights. Garrett and Rohan develop a rivalry for Princess Deirdre's affections.

Eventually Queen Maeve summons a new monster named Lugad who is more powerful than any previous creation. Lugad is revealed to have a birthmark similar to Rohan's, which is explained when it is revealed that Rohan and Lugad are in fact half-brothers, whose mother is Queen Maeve. In the series finale, they eventually work together with the other Mystic Knights to defeat Maeve, who ends up banished by Rohan, her own son.

Characters[edit]

Mystic Knights[edit]

  • Rohan - An orphan raised by the druid Cathbad. Rohan is noble, courageous, and steadfast, but sometimes allows his emotions to take control of him. His weapon is the Sword of Kells, which can emit fire. He also has possession of the Dragon's Breath Dagger, which he uses to summon Pyre, the Dragon of Dare. To win his red and gold Mystic Armor, he had to defeat the Ice Lord of Temra. To don his armor, he shouts "Fire within me!". He is also identified as the mighty warrior Draganta who is destined to bring peace to Kells for 100 lifetimes. Later in the series, Rohan obtains the ability to become more powerful by shouting "Battle Fury!" when he has his armor made powerful in the forge within the Mountains of Gloom. His Battle Fury armor is crimson and gold. Eventually it is also revealed that he is the son of Queen Maeve, with Lugad as his half-brother.
Fiercely independent princess Deirdre (Lisa Dwan).
  • Deirdre - The princess of Kells. Her weapon is the Whirlwind Crossbow. which shoots a burst of air. To win her white and gold Mystic Armor, she had to defeat the Lightning Bat of Temra. To don her armor, she shouts "Air above me!". Deirdre is the most logical-minded of the Mystic Knights, and is therefore sometimes frustrated by her companions' foibles.
  • Ivar - A prince from a distant land (possibly al-Andalus or North Africa), Ivar came to Kells in search of his country's sacred chalice. It was later revealed the chalice was stolen by Torc, Maeve's general. His weapon is the Barbed Trident which shoots blue bolts of electricity. To obtain his blue and gold Armor, he had to defeat the Sea Serpent of Temra. To don his armor, he shouts "Water around me!". Ivar is loyal to his friends, but can be distracted by his search for the stolen chalice, often to his own detriment. He later gains the Defender vehicle (which was meant to be used for Lugad) from Torc.
  • Angus - Angus is Rohan's best friend and a well-known, boastful reformed thief who often gets into trouble. His weapon is the Terra Sling Mace which throws giant boulders and can cause earthquake. To obtain his silver and gold Mystic Armor, he had to defeat the Rock Wolf of Temra. To don his armor, he shouts "Earth beneath me!".
  • Garrett - Garrett is the prince of Reged, an ally of Kells. Garrett and Deirdre were promised in marriage and therefore, Garrett first came to Kells to claim his bride. Prior to joining the other knights, he was magically controlled by Maeve, leading him to act against the knights in wicked fashion. However, they eventually freed him with a magic potion and he joined the team. Garrett has a unique ability to command any animal by locking eyes with it, which seems to be independent of his status as a Mystic Knight. His weapons are the Twin Timber Axes which shoot a beam of energy. To obtain his brown and gold Mystic Armor, he had to defeat a giant spider that dwelled in the Banshee Woods. To don his armor, he shouts "Forest before me!". In exchange for returning Princess Lynette to her homeland, Garrett was given the Dragon Bow Vehicle and he returned with it when the Mystic Knights were facing Lugad. Garrett serves the same role as a "sixth ranger" does in many Power Ranger series, supplementing the original team for a time before departing and returning at the climax of their adventures. His storyline fact quite similar to that of Tommy Oliver.

Allies[edit]

  • King Conchobar - Conchobar is the king of Kells and the father of Deirdre. With Maeve using dark magic to try to help her win the war between their kingdoms, he is in desperate need of the Mystic Knights' help.
  • Cathbad - A druid and advisor to King Conchobar. He also raised Rohan when he was an orphan. A father figure who did his best to raise Rohan as an apprentice. Opposed to Rohan's hanging around with Angus because Angus, being a thief, tends to cause trouble. He can foresee the future and mentors the Mystic Knights. His powers can rival Maeve's, but are limited largely to extra-sensory perception. In "Battle of the Druids," it was revealed that his teacher was Sithchenn who had recently allied with Maeve. Cathbad managed to vanquish his teacher in a druid battle.
  • King Fin Varra - The King of Tir Na Nóg. A fairy with great power who gives the Mystic Knights their weapons, as well as occasional advice. He is the rival of the dark fairy, Mider.
  • Aideen - A sprite who assists the Mystic Knights. She has affection for Rohan and is consequently jealous of Deirdre.
  • Pyre - An ancient Dragon associated with the Mystic Knight of Fire. At first unwilling to tolerate any human presence, he soon comes to admire Rohan, and later recognises the Knight as Draganta, the legendary hero. Fiercely the rival of Tyrune the Hydra. Pyre wears a gemmed cuirass, through which he presumably makes contact with his rider's Dragon's Breath Dagger. His likeness is worked into the Mystic Knights armor.

Villains[edit]

  • Queen Maeve - Maeve is the queen of Temra. She believes that being the ruler of Kells is her birthright, so she recruits the help of the dark fairy Mider. She is later revealed as Rohan's mother and that of Lugad. In the final battle, she takes over Kells until Lugad frees the captive Knights during her fight with Rohan. She uses her magic to assume the form of a Nāga-like creature with eye beams. Upon being defeated and regressing back to her human form by the combined powers of Rohan and Lugad, she is banished to another island by King Conchobar. As she sees her son for the last time, Rohan himself asks if she has anything to say to him before she is banished. She then replies that he's been trained well and that he's a great warrior except that he's just on the wrong side, so he asks her to be taken away.
  • General Torc - Maeve's general who was a former general in Kells before he betrayed them. He stole a silver chalice from Ivar's kingdom, which Maeve needed to enable Mider to travel back and forth between Temra and his realm of dark maic. During the time Lugad was with Maeve, Torc used the Defender vehicle that was meant for Lugad only to lose it to Ivar. In the final battle, he learns that Maeve has been defeated and flees with his army as the Knights have defeated her and the Temrans are no longer a threat.
  • Mider - A dark fairy who helps Maeve with dark magic. He uses the silver chalice from Ivar's kingdom to transport back and forth between a dark realm to increase his powers. After Maeve's defeat and banishment, he aligned himself with the sorceress Nemain.
  • The Four Sentinels of Temra - These are the four beings that the Knights had to fight in order to gain their Mystic Armor. They later fell under the control of Maeve, having formerly served their creator Mider. The Four Sentinels are:
    • The Ice Lord of Temra - A skull-headed ice lord and Queen Maeve's main general. He fights with a curved ice sword. Rohan fought him in order to gain his Mystic Armor.
    • The Lightning Bat of Temra - A bat-headed member of the Four Sentinels. Deirdre fought him in order to gain her Mystic Armor. He wields a bat-shaped boomerang.
    • The Sea Serpent of Temra - A sea serpent-headed member of the Four Sentinels. He uses a weapon called the Serpent-Tongued Whip. Ivar fought him in order to gain his Mystic Armor.
    • The Rock Wolf of Temra - A wolf-headed member of the Four Sentinels. Angus fought him in order to gain his armor. He wields a set of claws on his forearm and a sword.
  • Bogies - Little people who work as spies for Queen Maeve.
  • Tyrune - Tyrune is the three-headed hydra of Temra. Maeve tricked Rohan into saying a druid incantation that released Tyrune from his imprisonment. This giant flying creature sometimes attacks without any warning. Often fights Pyre, as they are rival dragons. His heads can separate from its body and can attack independently.
  • Lugad - Lugad was brought in near the end of the season. He is half human and half demon and raised primarily by the sorceress Nemain. He is the son of Maeve and the brother of Rohan. He eventually turns against Maeve to help Rohan defeat her, and leaves Kells.
  • Nemain - The former ruler of Temra until her student Maeve took it over by force. Since that day, she dwelt in a ruined castle and was seemingly content to raise and mutate Lugad on Maeve's behalf. When Maeve retrieved Lugad, Nemain now and then aided the Mystic Knights in the disguise of an old man. When Maeve is defeated, she reveals herself and claims the silver chalice, declaring her revenge on Maeve complete. Shortly thereafter Mider proposes an alliance to take over Tir Na Nog and Kells; she tells him that she will think about it, ending the series on a cliffhanger.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
1 "Legend of the Ancient Scroll" 9/1/1998
When her plans for war on Kells are revealed, Maeve begins to raise a monster to battle Kells troops. Told of the ancient scroll which can find Dragenta, Rohan and Agnus are on the trail, meeting with Ivar along the way. Deirdre follows as the four fall through a portal in the earth.
2 "Tir Na Nóg" 9/2/1998
In the fairy kingdom, the Knights are put through a series of tests to find their worth. Once they prove themselves, they are granted the Mystic Weapons which they use to fight back a Temra attack.
3 "The Fire Dragon of Dare" 9/3/1998
The Knights fail to tame Pyre the fire dragon and realize they need their armor to do so. Rohan is first, defeating the Ice Lord of Temra to gain his armor.
4 "Tash Hound of Temra" 9/4/1998
Deirde faces the Lightning Bat of Temra for her suit of armor. Meanwhile, Maeve tricks Rohan into thinking that Temra wants peace with Kells so that she can sic the Tash Hound of Temra on him.
5 "Ivar and the Sea Serpent" 9/5/1998
Ivar battles the Sea Serpent of Temra for his armor and his feelings about being in Kells.
6 "The Wolf in the Rocks" 9/7/1998
Maeve has her soldiers kidnap Agnus to keep him from facing the Rock Wolf of Temra. When his friends rescue him, Angus confronts the Rock Wolf while the others fight the Bull of Temra.
7 "The Taming of Pyre Pt. 1" 9/8/1998
The Knights try to get Pyre on their side. To be continued...
8 "The Taming of Pyre Pt. 2" 9/9/1998
The Knights manage to control Pyre to become an ally.
9 "Draganta" 9/10/1998
Pyre reveals that Rohan himself is Dragenta, which he is uneasy about. Maeve takes advantage to cast a spell that turns the other Knights against each other.
10 "War of the Little People" 9/11/1998
Mider tricks the Knights into giving up their weapons as he takes over Tir Na Nog.
11 "Dragon's Fury" 9/28/1998
Maeve uses a plant to control Pyre, forcing the Knights to fight him.
12 "Tyrune" 9/29/1998
Maeve and Torc trick Rohan into reciting an incantation and bring the ancient dragon Tyrune to life.
13 "Tyrune Returns" 9/30/1998
The Knights must free Pyre in order to defeat Tyrune.
14 "Aideen and the Stone Princess" 10/1/1998
Taking what she thinks is a potion to boost her strength, Aideen turns Deirde into stone and must undo the spell.
15 "Battle of the Druids" 10/2/1998
Cathbad's druid teacher Sithchenn comes to Kells and seems to help the king making Cathbad feel unneeded. However, when it's discovered the druid is working for Maeve, Cathbad must overcome his doubts and fight his mentor.
16 "Queen Deirdre" 10/26/1998
When Conchobar is taken ill by a spell in the form of a gift, Deirdre must become Queen in his stead. However, her worry about making the wrong choices pushes her to accept a challenge from Maeve that could spell disaster.
17 "Night of the Spirits" 10/27/1998
Maeve takes advantage of a Kells holiday to send ghostly creatures to attack.
18 "Aideen's Choice" 10/28/1998
Aideen accepts a spell from Maeve that turns her into a human so she can pursue Rohan. Maeve uses the opportunity to capture Deirdre, forcing Aideen to choose the princess or her new form.
19 "Divide & Conquer" 10/29/1998
A messenger from Ivar's home requests his return as news comes of a new Temra attack. Both are part of a plan by Maeve to separate the Knights while she uses sleeping fog to take over Kells.
20 "Eye of the Beholder" 10/30/1998
On an errand for Cathbad, Deirde drinks from a magic pool that turns her into a hag. When she goes to Fin Varra for help, he's taken by her new appearance and shrinks her down to be with him.
21 "Garrett and the Princess"
In order to forge an alliance, Conchobar agrees to marry Deirde to Garrett, a prince of another land. His arrogance soon rubs all the Knights the wrong way and they tell him to leave.
22 "The Traitor of Kells"
Maeve uses a spell on Garrett to turn him into her fighter. He soon manages to defeat the Knights and steal their weapons.
23 "The Fifth Knight"
Told that Garrett is important to the future of Kells, the Knights manage to free him from his spell.
24 "The Mystic Knight of Forest"
Garrett must overcome his arrogance in order to become the new Mystic Knight when he fights a giant spider in Banshee Woods.
25 "Egg of the Dragon"
The Knights discover a dragon's egg in the forest and must keep it from Maeve. Meanwhile, Angus falls in with some old thief friends of his and Deirde and Garrett attempt to work out their relationship.
26 "The Drageen"
Now hatched, the baby dragon is sought by both the Knights and Maeve.
27 "A King's Ransom"
When the Northmen, a race of savage invaders, kidnap Conchobar and threaten the whole island, the Knights offer a truce to Maeve to fight them off. However, the invasion is all a ruse of Maeve's to take over Kells.
28 "The Curse of Kells"
Ivar is told the story of how Angus and Rohan became friends as children as well as how Torc joined with Maeve.
29 "The Trial of Angus"
Rohan and Deirdre work to clear Angus when he's accused of robbing villagers and vandalizing their properties. While Ivar is busy looking for the real culprit, Maeve summons a fire monster and sends it to Kells.
30 "Mider: King of Temra"
Tricking Cathbad into turning him human-sized, Mider overthrows Maeve and becomes ruler of Temra. Realizing the power-mad fairy is a more dangerous threat, the Knights aid Maeve in taking back her throne.
31 "The Buckler of Bre"
Entering Tir Na Nog, Torc steals a powerful weapon that allows him to challenge the Knights.
32 "Ivar's Revenge"
Ivar finally manages to steal back his people's chalice from Torc. However, the chalice is Mider's link to the dark realms and taking it back to Ivar's kingdom is too dangerous. Ivar decides to take the chalice anyway but is captured by Maeve while Mider is left stranded at Castle Kells.
33 "King's Bride"
Conchobar is taken by a visiting lady but Deirdre senses something wrong about her.
34 "All Kings Great and Small"
In order to stop a storm of dark magic, the kings of Kells and Tir Na Nog must switch places for a day. While Conchobar organizes the fairies into a fighting force, Fin Varra's more fun ways with the Kells soldiers leave them vulnerable to attack.
35 "The Wish"
After saving a wood elf, Angus is offered one wish and the other Knights pressure him to use it for their own desires.
36 "The Lost King"
The Knights must find the kidnapped Fin Varra before Maeve steals his powers.
37 "Friends for Life"
Jealousy of Rohan's prominence leads Angus to a falling out with his friend.
38 "The Prisoner Prince"
A young prince who seeks to have his kingdom ally with Temra comes to claim it and the Knights must keep him safe, despite his bratty attitude.
39 "Shipwrecked"
A beautiful princess named Lynette is found on the shores of Kells without her memory by Fin Varra's scouts. Garrett grows closer to her while her arrival coincides with the monstrous Grindon attacking.
40 "Rohan's Doubt"
Maeve casts a spell on Rohan that makes him doubt in his abilities and weakens him in battle.
41 "The Barrow of Balin"
Maeve resurrects the legendary warrior Balin and sets him against Kells, forcing Rohan to battle his idol.
42 "Dark Rider"
Maeve awakens an ancient warrior who uses a scepter to take over the minds of Kells soldiers and the Knights.
43 "The Warrior of Temra"
As the war turns against her, Maeve pulls out her secret weapon that was bred by her teacher Nemain: Lugad, a monstrous warrior.
44 "Battle Fury"
Lugad helps turn the tide of war for Temra as the Knights must figure a way to stop him. Rohan undergoes a dangerous test to gain the powerful Battle Fury armor.
45 "Lugad's Challenge"
Rohan faces Lugad one on one and makes a stunning discovery that links them together.
46 "The Mark of Destiny"
Rohan must try to convince Lugad of the truth about them.
47 "The Queen Mother"
Captured by Maeve, Rohan is shocked to learn the secret of his origins.
48 "Knight in the Forest"
Contemplating leaving Kells, Rohan decides to stay and fight as Garrett returns to aid in the battle.
49 "The Final Battle"
Maeve launches a full on attack on Castle Kells that forces the Knights and Conchobar to retreat.
50 "Banished"
Rohan must embrace his destiny to defeat Maeve once and for all.

Cast[edit]

Voice actors[edit]

VHS and DVD release[edit]

In the US and UK, only one VHS was released. In Germany, two DVDs were released with two episodes each. The original English audio is not included on the DVDs.

See also[edit]

  • The Ulster Cycle - The Irish legends concerning the actual Conchobar, Cathbad, Deirdre, and Maeve.

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