The Féar Gortach

The Féar Gortach

In Ireland there is a legend known as Féar Gortach (pronounced: fear gur-tha)) which translates roughly into "Hungry Grass" - believed to be cursed by malevolent spirits and these patches of dead grass were feared as harbingers of death, whoever walked over a patch of Féar Gortach would be doomed to perpetual hunger.

Yet such stories are often seen as fairy tales in today's society - in fact one of the alternative names for Féar Gortach is literally "Fairy Grass", as Irish mythology attributed the curse to the Fairies - who in mythology were spirits of nature and the dead, unlike the modern versions we have come to associate with children's stories and fairy tales.