King Fin Varra (Peadar Lamb) is the leprechaun ruler of the underground kingdom of Tir Na Nog, the home of the “Little People” on the fantasy series MYSTIC KNIGHTS OF TIR NA NOG/FOX/1998. Fin Varra’s subjects included a feisty red-winged fairy named Aideen (Kelly Campbell).
“The Little People are not human. They are a tricky breed with dangerous magic.”
When the evil Queen Maeve (Charlotte Bradley) from the land of Tamra attacked the peaceful kingdom of King Conchobar (Stephen Brennan) using magic from a dark fairy named Mider, King Fin Varra invoked all his fairy powers to aid a group of Celtic teens in finding the legendary Mystic Armor capable of defending the emerald Isle from invaders. Successful in their quest, the teens donned the magical armor and became super heroes of ancient Ireland.
“Chosen one, heed my words
To Tir Na Nog your quest will lead
If you prove yourself worthy and true
Armor and weapons will come to you.
There is also a dragon a mighty force
And a warrior Dragenta atop a horse.”
The Mystic Knights included: Vincent Walsh as Angus, the Mystic Knight of Earth (with a terra sling); Justin Pierre as Moorish Prince Ivar, the Mystic Knight of Water (with a barbed trident); Lisa Dwan as Deirdre, the Princess of Kells and Mystic Knight of Air (with a whirlwind crossbow); Lochlann O’Mearain as Rohan, a druid’s apprentice foretold in the legend as the Mystic Knight of Fire with the Sword of Kells; and Ben Palmer as Garrett, the eventual fifth Mystic Knight.
When the Mystic Knights needed to summon their enchanted suits of armor and weapons, they shouted a special phrase. The Mystic Knights also wore a Dragon Breath Dagger and belt used to summon their dragons.
Rohan: Fire within me!
Princess Deirdre: Air above me!
Prince Ivar: Water around me!
Angus: Earth beneath me!
Prince Garrett: Forest before me!
NOTE: In Celtic mythology, Tir na n-Og (pronounced “teer na no’gue” meaning the “land of youth”) is the idyllic paradise where the dead live. The kingdom (either an island or undersea kingdom) is ruled by King Tethra of the Fomorians, a race of giants or the sea god Manannan mac Lir of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Tir na n-Og is also known as Mag Mell (“plain of joy”).
MYSTIC KNIGHTS OF TIR NA NOG was the first American television series to be filmed entirely in Ireland.
King Fin Varra
c/o The Land of Tir Na Nog