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hungry grass


halla [Mod. Irish word] [haLu] = "hall"

fóidín mearaí - lit. "little sod of confusion", place where directions are false, deliberate pit-fall, intentional misinformation (may be actual physical place - cf frithbhuachán, or more general)
"Tá fóidín mearaí curtha ormsa de bharr go bhfuil an taobh eile ag iarraidh an rud seo a bhrú orainn anseo inniu. Níl sé bunreachtúil."

Heber. Variant spelling of Éber.

Heilyn fab Gwyn [W heilyn, cup-bearer]. Reveller on the otherworldly isle of Gwales who ended the feasting by carelessly opening the door.

Heilyn Goch [W heilyn, cup-bearer; coch, red]. Keeper of the filthy lodgings where Rhonabwy has his dream in Breuddwyd Rhonabwy [The Dream of Rhonabwy].

hungry grass [Ir. féar gortach, fód gortach]
Also known as fairy grass.
A belief in Irish oral tradition of unknown antiquity (perhaps from Famine times [1846-1848] ?), of an enchanted tuft of grass that leaves those unfortunates who tred upon it with a hunger that connot be satisfied.
A lesser-known tradition speaks of the fear gortach* [hungry man] who begs for alms and rewards those who favour him. A frequent allusion in 20th-century Irish literature, eg. Donah MacDonagh's poems and Richard Power's novel (both called The Hungry Grass). See also Fóidín Mearaí.

*modern Irish: fear [far] = man (husband); féar [faeur] = grass.

Dictionary of Celtic Mythology by James MacKillop
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