Ailill Angubae

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Ailill Angubae according to the Lebor na hUidre version of the Irish mythological tale, the Wooing of Etain, is the brother of Eochaid Feidlech, a High King of Ireland.[1][2] In this tale, Ailill fell in love with his brothers wife, Étaín, who was one of the Tuatha Dé Danann.

The Wooing of Étaín[edit]

Étaín had been the second wife of the Tuatha Dé Danann god, Midir.[1] As punishment for her jealousy towards Midir's first wife Fuamnach, she had been reborn as a human.[1] High King Eochaid having heard of Étaín's beauty, brought her to his palace at Tara.[1] Ailill fell in love with Étaín at the Festival of Tara, after which she was wed to his brother Eochaid.[2] Eochaid's brother, Ailill, having developed an unrequited love for the new queen, gradually succumbed to a wasting disease brought on by his feelings.[1][2]

Despite her love for her husband, Étaín felt sorry for the ailing Ailill, and to help save his life, promised to sleep with him.[1] Unfortunately Ailill never arrived at the agreed place, having been cast into an enchanted sleep by Midir.[1][2]


  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
  2. ^ a b c d e "The Wooing of Etain (The Courtship of Etain)". Retrieved 2011-09-20.