The Faery and the Celts - from hostility to mutual love
The subtitle for this topic is misleading, for the Faan (also called the Fae) in what is now France do not seem to have opposed the Celts. The Faan were a Mesopotamian people who had settled in the area during the fifth millennium, and the Celts were Caucasians from Scythia (see 'Origin of the Celts'). Evidence in the Marne valley shows that integration occurred at an early date, and Wales is still peopled by a Faan/Celtic mix, descendants of central European Celts who had moved north from what is now France around 500 B.C. The integrated people of Britain took the old Faan name of 'Prydaan', but they had many Celtic attributes.
Incensed, the Gaels invaded. The Bronze Age Athenians were no match for Iron Age Caucasians in open battle. But during the carnage, something happened that filled the Gaels with remorse. A Faery queen named Eire, the only one of her kind to welcome Ith, had been killed. Sadly the conquerors named their new home 'Ileann Eireaan', the Island of Eire, and the Island of Eire it has been ever since.
The man who changed everything in Ireland was Cuchulainn. A descendant of the Faery king Lleu (see 'The United Kingdom') and son of a Gaelic princess who lived with the Faery, he was 'given' to the Gaels of Uillaid in the sense that it was it his geise (duty imposed by another's mention of the word) to defend them at any cost. Because he was a man of war, he forged a peace that will never end and a love that will never die. Because he was a Gael, he brought the Faery back into their own and created what Ireland is today.
In the second century A.D. the Romans planned to invade Ireland. By this time the Ui Niall dynasty had become High Kings on the island, and the Scots of Dalriada in Ireland had journeyed to what is now called Scotland, to unite with the Picts and eventually take them over. The Romans were prevented from invading Ireland by the High King's personal army, led by the Volsungr hero Finn McCuill.
From its inception, the administrative network of the Roman Church was modelled upon that of the wizards, who had been influential in northern Italy, and this became powerful after the reign of Constantine. The Romans had never been coercive unless their political rule was opposed, at which time they slaughtered all rebels. They made a famous exception of Christianity, which they persecuted until they finally succumbed to its persuasion. I can only assume that the ex-wizards dominating the early Church were both discreet and tenacious. When the Roman Church triumphed after the death of Constantine, it did not adopt a rivalrous attitude toward the Coptics, for the two organizations genuinely shared a common cause in those days, which would not be corroded until the Roman Church was taken over by Goths in the fourth century A.D.