A Few Issues With the Word Sidhe

“Sidhe” is a gaelic word that means “hill.” it is in reference specifically to certain hills. It has become associated with certain people that are associated with said hills.

The trouble is that no one knows for sure what the intended association was when used by those gaelic speakers as they didn’t tend to write things down.

Thus “Sidhe,” in reference to a people type, could be a variety of things.

-The dead. the hills are Burial mounds, thus the people of the hills are the people of the mounds. This can make sense given the ancestor worship, however, there is some mythological flaw as they sometimes appear as individuals that are NOT ancestors, such as Arawn of Annwn (welsh is not Gaelic though) and the Sidhe magician in the Fenian cycle.

-They could have just been normal people that lived up in the hills, or near the mounds.

-There is some notion, I can’t recall from where, that some hills, such as New Grange, were gateways. Thus the “sidhe” are the people from the other side of the gate ways.

The Dannan can become the Sidhe in all three ways. they died, retreated into the hills, and/or existed on the otherside.

Dannan are Sidhe: I contest this. There is mythological precedent against it. there is a version of the invasion cycle in which Lugh arrives leading a host of the sidhe in order to help the Dannan. in this the Sidhe are associated with Mannanan Mac lyr in some way.


Also, I have my personal reasons. the concepts of Dannan and Sidhe carry different energies. And it’s not just me, I’ve spoken to others who have reported the same, even down to the exact same color schemes in which it manifests for me (which was interesting) Dannan are gold while Sidhe are silver.

My own personal explanation of the Sidhe is that they are a specific type of descendants of the nephilim, large humanoids that came from the joining of angels and humans. They, IMO, are a specific tribe, descended from a specific tribe influenced by a specific angel or type of angel. This would explain the unique signature.


Published:Aug 15th 2012
Modified:Aug 15th 2012
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