Episode 20: The Tragedy of Balor and his Piercing Eye

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Irish Mythology Podcast

Lúnasa 12, 2021

Episode 20

The Tragedy of Balor and his Piercing Eye

Cover image: Tormore, Tory Island © Copyright Colin Park and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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In this episode we hear about the skeletons that the Fomorian leader Balor keeps in his closet and how they may come back to haunt him. 

We ask:

  • Who was Balor?
  • Was his eye really evil?
  • What part did he play in the birth of Lugh?
  • What place lore is associated with him?
  • Is Enniskillen named after his wife?
  • How is he represented in pop culture?

Balor, a giant who lives in an invisible tower, commands one of the most fearsome armies that has ever been. He is prosperous, respected and feared, but there is something in his past that torments him.

When Bres and the druid Lobais return to Balor’s island stronghold from mainland Ireland  reporting the rise of a new hero, the skeletons in his closet grow new flesh.

Starring: Balor, Bres, Lobais the Druid, Cethlenn.

Also featuring: Lugh, Cian

We talk Balor, his supposedly evil eye, place lore, prophecy, sleep paralysis, Assasin’s Creed Valhalla – Wrath of the Druids, the 90’s Balor PC RPG, Sauron in Lord of the Rings, Finn Balor in the WWE, and American Gods

A cautionary tale on why you should never let prophecy dictate your actions. 



Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. 

Music – Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence) 


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