The Land of Eternity, Tir Na Nog
written by Lesley
This world, full of freedom and peace, has been created and sustained by the law and order of our loving god, Aton Cimeni. Humans, with their limited knowledge and experience cannot possibly comprehend the full beauty of it.
The order of Erinn was completed with the creation of a paradise that surpassed every law and order, known as Tir Na Nog.
Tir Na Nog is a fantasy world mentioned in the sacred book of the Lymilarks Church. It is said to be a legendary utopia, and though it has been passed down to people for generations, no one is said to have been there.
This book is written to uncover the truth about Tir Na Nog and help people understand it. I hope that this book will be a useful tool that gives insight to those who are seeking this paradise.
Tir Na Nog's Origin and Meaning.
The word Tir Na Nog literally means [Land of Youth], or [Eternal World]. Just like its name, it is said to be a place where you retain your youth forever and never grow old, get sick or even die. It is also said that the dead and buried come back to life in their youth and those who are alive never grow old or get sick. It's a place where the power of death and decay does not penetrate, a place where tears do not exist.
Tir Na Nog is also known as the world where the gods live. There's a myth that when the great Warriors of the Tuatha De Denaan died, they became gods in Tir Na Nog and looked down on his world and sometimes even descended back to Erinn.
It is unclear when these myths started circulating because stories about Tir Na Nog were not recorded down but passed down through word of mouth. There is a subtle mention in the records of one of the earliest clans, the Bans. However, because the description is very vague, it has been a topic of debate whether it should count as the first recorded writing regarding Tir Na Nog.
Generally, these are the known descriptions of Tir Na Nog: Gems grow from the trees, there are beautiful flowers in the fields, and a wonderful aroma fills the land. There is a stream that flows into a river, so clear that you can see the bottom, and all the wild animals live in harmony and peace with one another. The land is so fertile that there is plentiful harvest even without any labor, and all those who live there praise the gods and worship them.
One interesting thing is that although these stories about Tir Na Nog have been passed down orally, the descriptions are virtually identical in every region and country.
How Tir Na Nog was Passed Down.
What are we to make of this?
The first thing that comes to mind is that this land called Tir Na Nog might be closer than we think. It just that those who have been there and back, for some reason, want to keep it a secret and avoid talking about it. So the same story continues to stimulate the imagination of the people, but since those who have actually been there keep their lips tight, the story remains unchanged.
However, considering all the reports of many adventurers, this idea seems highly improbably.
Another theory is that Tir Na Nog is simply an imaginary place. Since it doesn't exist, the story hasn't developed from the original source.
But the belief in Tir Na Nog is extremely firm, while interest and opinions regarding stories of other paradises are minimal.
The only way to explain this is that all the people in Erinn must hold to the same idea of paradise. But even this is something that cannot be seriously discussed yet.
If this paradise truly exists, how have people found out about it, believe in it, and passed it on? Analyzing this should uncover the truth about this mysterious place.
Start From the Beginning.
Earlier I mentioned that the people of Erinn all hold to the same idea of paradise. Then, testing the plausibility of this idea of paradise should confirm if Tir Na Nog can be a real place.
How did this idea of paradise emerge in the hearts of the people? Could this universal idea of paradise really exist?
The idea of a paradise never thinks of others. It portrays a life that revolves around one's self, or someone close. Also, since one person's idea of paradise could interpret as someone else's hell, the idea of a universal paradise is hard to conceive. A world of eternal youth and absence of death is not the essence of paradise; rather, it should be a place where human desires and values are regulated.
So I ask my readers this. If paradise has nothing to do with eternal life or the absence of all sickness, but a place where your values and desires are controlled, would you still want to live there in eternity?
When stories about Tir Na Nog began to spread, it was a time of chaos and destruction for mankind. The idea of hope and longing for a paradise world was easily and desperately embraced by people. Thus, Tir Na Nog is simply a hope that people have, but its existence is questionable.
One thing that is clear is that those who claim to have been there have no evidence, and cannot give an answer to where it actually is. Tir Na Nog is a paradise that exists in people's hearts, not a real place that you can find.
Though it may not be a satisfying explanation, there is no current evidence that proves Tir Na Nog's existence. However, at the same time, one cannot firmly disprove its existence as well.
Nevertheless, Tir Na Nog exists...as a symbol of paradise. I want to advise adventurers to stop wasting time on this idea of paradise and move onto something else.