Were these stone balls made by the Tuatha De Danann?
“In this mighty battle, King Nuada was slain by the Fomorian King Balor and his poisonous eye. Though Balor had two eyes, one was always kept shut, for it was so venomous that it slew anyone on whom its gaze fell upon. It is from the legend of Balors terrible deadly eye that the term “Evil Eye” had originated. Balor also slayed one of Nuada’s warlike wives known as Macha, in that same battle. Balor did not have long to relish in his victory however, for he was soon thereafter slayed by Lugh, (Lugh Of The Long Arm) the famous champion of the Tuatha De Danann, who would soon himself reign as king among his people. Lugh became symbolic of the sun itself, the victor in the eternally renewed battle with darkness. Lugh of the Long Arm possessed a magic spear that flashed fire and roared aloud in the battle of Moytura. The Danann were known to make special magic stones which were large concrete hard balls that they would use in battle. It was called a “Tathlum” meaning a “concrete ball” which, as legend has it, were made from the brains of dead enemies hardened with lime. From an ancient Celtic poem these lines: “A tathlum, heavy, fiery, firm, Which the Tuatha De Danann had with them, it was, That broke the fierce Balor’s eye, Of old, In the battle of the great armies.”
“The tribes of Danu were a divine people of Light and Goodness, Light against Darkness, Good against Evil, and represent the Celtic reverence for science, poetry, and artistic skill. It was they who really established and contributed the highest character traits and genes to the future generations of Celts and all their great heritage, mystic Irish lore and magic that is Ireland, we owe to our distant forebears the Tuatha De Danann. Their spirit lives deep within all the Celtic people even though the Celts may not always be living upon their homeland of Ireland, the spirit of the Danu is ever within them. The Celtic Irish are some of the most poetic, musical and happiest people on earth even though they have been the bearers of centuries of extreme hardships. When roused to battle there is no match on earth that can stand in their way. The Romans found that out the hard way, and many nations through history have recruited the Celts to help them win their wars. Standish O’Grady, who wrote the book “Critical History of Ireland”, stated: “The underlying idea of all this class of legend, is that if men cannot master war, war will master them; and that those who aspired to the Ard-Rieship (High Kingship) of all Erin must have the war-gods on their side.” It was actually Macha, one of the wives of the Danann King Nuada who by breeding with the king intermingled his divine blood of the Tuatha De Danann into the human genes of the Celts. We have her also to thank for making it possible in establishing that trademark uniqueness of spirit, wit and intelligence that has become so characteristic among the Irish people. Take a close look into the glint of the eyes of the Irish folk, and you will see a faint distant sparkle of the Tuatha De Danann. The magic of a people from a magic land, for when Irish eyes are smiling, they will steal your heart away!”