This paper examines the literary evolution of the hag transformed into a beautiful young woman and formerly believed to be a reflex of the sovereignty goddess. It traces the motif back to the tenth century and suggests that it is derived ultimately from continental sources rather than reflecting a native mythological story. The hag's relationship to the demise of the king is also examined.
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- sovereignty, inauguration, goddess, hag, Niall Noígiallach, Lugaid