Over the years, the King was more and more hated by his servants due to the harsh way he treated them. Eventually, he pushed them too far, and one brave, but frustrated servant, revealed the truth to him. The king was furious. With such a deformity he realized he could never become “High King” and ruler of all of Ireland.
Fergus mac Léti – Underwater
The King wanted revenge and went back to Loch Rudraige to kill the monster that had disfigured him. The battle raged over two days and when the king finally emerged victorious, the water had turned red from the beast’s blood. Exhausted from the battle, the King died a short time later.
While the legend is very focused on the king, over 1,000 years later he has all but been forgotten. It is the “lúchorpáin” that continue to be a well-known and beloved part of Irish culture today.
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