Dervorgilla and Celtic Mythology

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Dervorgilla came from Norway and was a stranger in Ireland. She had listened to so many tales about Cuchulain that she decided he would have to be her only love. She left Norway accompanied by her maid alone. To accomplish the journey the both changed into swans and flew to Loch Cuan in Ireland. Cuchulain and his brother wandered near to Loch Cuan and on seeing the swans they decided to hunt them.

A stone cast by Cuchulain at the swans injured Dervorgilla’s hip. Dervorgilla and her maid immediately swam to the shore and changed from swans into women. Cuchulain removed the stone from Dervogilla’s hip with his mouth and the stone turned into blood. Dervorgilla said to Cuchulain that she had flown to Ireland to wed him to which Cuchulain replied that he could not marry her because his lips had touched her hip. So, Dervorgilla asked Cuchulain to…

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