Tir Na Nog, the Official Map!
Part of releasing Exiles of Eire's latest edition paperbacks was commissioning a new map for Tir Na Nog.
The frame: a simple frame with ivy vines wrapping around it throughout. At its top left corner hangs a ragged banner that reads "The World of Tir Na Nog." Its bottom right corner is lined with ancient standing stones and what could've been an alter. Nestled in the bottom left corner among a pile of old stones are three of the Aos Si's sacred treasures, the Spear of Lugh, the Dagda's Cauldron, and the Sword of Light (also known as Nuada's Sword).
Tir Na Nog itself: an island similar to the Ireland humans know full of mountains, forests, rivers, lakes and plains.
North: Uliad, ruled over by Manannan Mac Lir's kin from Emain Ablach (a fortress carved into the cliffs).
West: Connacht, ruled by Finvarra and Una from their impressive wood and bronze fort, almost a castle, in Cruachan.
South: Mumhan, full of mountains and valleys and ruled by Cliona and Aine. They and their Bean Sidhe attendants live in a valley of lakes with an island of silver apple trees at its center. A solitary gold apple tree rises above the others, shining like a small sun over the land.
Southeast: Laigan, ruled by Brigid from her home in Cill Dara. Rather than a traditional battlement, this smith queen chose an open gathering of great oaks connected by branching paths--as long as her great flame burns at its center, her province remains protected.
East: Midhe, where most of Exiles of Eire takes place while in Tir Na Nog. Despite that this province is technically ruled by Aengus Mac Og from his ancient tomb-like estate of Bru Na Boinne, Tir Na Nog's capital, Tara, lies within its borders. The magical anchor of the entire realm, the Stone of Destiny, also makes its home in this forested region. Midir and his family keep to themselves in Bri Leith's estate of colorful gardens and mounds, charged with protecting the Key Bearer. The infamous Lady of Irons, Riona, has a small grove she reigns over as its only resident within Midir's territory--it is said she stays in her hidden burrow most times, plotting her revenge against her powerful family.
This rendering of the Aos Si world was brought to life by Andrés Aguirre Jurado (@aaguirreart on Instagram).
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