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Fomorians

mythical, prehistoric, giant pirates who raided and pillaged Irish coast. [Irish Legend: Leach, 409]
See: Piracy
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"As the yew tree grows it will be meticulously trained around the framework of the Fomorian sculpture and clipped to shape, standing guard over the Shamrock Garden for many years to come."
Nuada, the first High King of the Tuatha De Danaan, perishes in the Battle of Moytura North at the hands of the Fomorian king Balor (who, in a sequence of unavoidably suspicious similarities, is also called the Evil Eye, and who resides in the Tower of Glass).
The Scottish Gaelic term famhair (Irish fomhor, early Irish fomor) signifies not only "giant" but "pirate." [...] Watson shows that the Fomorians were in old Irish accounts represented as pirates who ravaged the coasts of Ireland, laying the people under tribute.