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 Cú Chulainn 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 Lough Cuan in Ireland. Cú Chulainn and his brother wandered near to Lough Cuan and on seeing the swans they decided to hunt them.

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

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