The Morrigan is a complicated goddess. When considered as a single entity, she is the "phantom queen", a mysterious figure with foreknowledge of doom and death in battle. She was said to fly high above skirmishes in the form of a crow, circling endlessly as men fought and died below. There are even a few (very few, she's picky) accounts of her actually joining the battle for one side over the other. There is also evidence that a very long time ago she was deeply tied to the land- evidently, cattle are involved. She was the guardian of Ireland itself, representative of its fertility and sovereignty- an earth goddess ready to punish any who defiled her island. Take that, Rome.
The Morrigan is also a trio of sisters: Badb Catha ("Battle Crow"), Macha ("Of the Plains"), and Nemain (the etymology of her name is difficult to determine, but the general idea is "One who Takes"). Collectively these goddesses are known as the Morrigna.
Unfortunately, there was a linguistic mix up in the 12th century that led to her being associated with Morgan Le Fay of Arthurian Legend. Nope. Just. . . Nope. HOWEVER, speaking of fae. . . In some parts of Ireland, the keening Ban sidhe (banshee) are referred to as Badhb. Also, in some stories the Morrigan appears in the dreams of warriors destined to die in battle as a woman washing bloody armor, much like the fae washerwoman at the ford. I think it's safe to say that her influence lives on.
Amelia Royce Leonards is a graduate of Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, where she spent four years baffling her peers and professors with drawings of goddesses and antlered women. Her work is influenced by the beauty of ancient myth, folklore, and the natural world around us. She can usually be found somewhere deep in the woods, sketching odd creatures and eating chocolate chips.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.