A Jack of All Trades...
Lugh was the Irish God of the sun, smith, harvest, and plenty more. He was commonly known as the “Jack of All Trades,” or “Master of All.”
There was a prophecy made that the grandson of the Formorian Balor would kill him one day. To prevent this, he took his only daughter Eithne and locked her away in a tall tower. However, after he crossed Cian, who was a Tuatha De Danaan, Cian made his way to the top of the tower to be with Eithne.
She would later give birth to triplets, but Balor put them in a sheet and had a servant throw them in the lake. Luckily one of the babies fell out of the sheet and was saved by a druid. He then gave the baby to Taitliu, a warrior woman.
Taitliu went about raising and training the child now known as Lugh. This was no easy feat as he was always waiting to learn something new. No matter what skill was put to him he would become a master of it – martial arts, weaving, bardic ways, and plenty more all became second nature to Lugh.
Taitliu would later clear a forest to create farmland for men to use. After completing this she became exhausted and later died. On Taitliu’s deathbed, Lugh promised that a festival would be held in her honor.
One of Lugh’s most famous tales is the Battle of Magh Tuiredh. This tells of Lugh’s trip to Tara to join a banquet. In order to join the banquet, the person must have a unique trade. When Lugh encountered the Gatekeeper, he was asked what his trade was.
He then named a trade, and the Gatekeeper responded they already had one of those. Lugh responded to the Gatekeeper, but do you have one with all trades? Lugh would then become the Chief God when Nuada, the leader of the Tuatha De Danaan, lost an arm.
Lugh was the God the Celts associated with their weapons and armor because he was the master of all blacksmith.