The Isle of Man (Manx: Ellan Vannin, pronounced [ˈɛlʲən ˈvanɪn]) or Mann (Manx: Mannin, [ˈmanɪn]) is an island located in the Irish Sea at the geographical center of the British Isles. Sometimes it has been a part of the Kingdom of Norway, but generally it has been its own kingdom. Farming people settled on the isle in prehistoric times and the roman were aware of it though they chose not to invade or settle there.
Christian missionaries from Ireland used the isle as a stepping stone in the expansion of Christianity from Ireland to Scotland and England. Near the end of the 8th century the isle of Man was raided and then settled by the Vikings and the Norse made use of its location to launch raids against the surrounding coasts.
Norse is the language of the rulers there, but the farmers speak an accented form of Gaelic. Farms cluster in the coastal lowlands while cattle, sheep and goats graze the hills in the interior. The island has three towns: Douglas, Ramsey, and Peel.
Magi from the Order of Hermes fought a number of battles over the island and its vis sources until the Year 845. In that year a special tribunal made up of delegates from the three neighboring tribunals of Stonehenge, Hibernian, and Loch Leglean issued the Partitio Monaviae. This document declares that the island should remain neutral until such a time as a covenant is established then. At that point the island would become a part of whatever Tribunal the newly founded covenant was part of. The island and its resources would belong the newly founded covenant.
In the year 1002 another covenant was founded on the Isle of Man, Dearg Fánán of the Hibernian Tribunal. By the end of The Schism War in 1012 the covenant was no more, disappearing just as mysteriously as the one before. A year later each tribunal received an ominous letter forbidding any further covenants from being established on the Isle of Man.
No further attempts to establish a hermetic foothold on the island has been attempted since.
Myth and LegendEdit
In Manx mythology, the island was ruled by Manannán mac Lir, a Celtic sea god, who would draw his misty cloak around the island to protect it from invaders. One of the principal theories about the origin of the name Mann is that it is named after Manannan. The goodwill of Manannan is necessary to leave the island as has power over the waves and storms.
In the Manx tradition of folklore, there are many stories of mythical creatures and characters. These include the Buggane, a malevolent spirit who according to legend blew the roof off St Trinian's church in a fit of pique; the Fenodyree; and the Glashtyn.
The Isle of Man is also said to be home to fairies, known locally as 'the little folk' or 'themselves'. There is a famous Fairy Bridge and it is said to be bad luck if one fails to wish the fairies good morning or afternoon when passing over it. It used to be a tradition to leave a coin on the bridge to ensure good luck. Other types of fairies are the Mi'raj and the Arkan Sonney.
An old Irish story tells how Lough Neagh was formed when Ireland's legendary giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (sometimes known as Finn McCool) scooped up a portion of the land and tossed it at a Scottish rival. He missed, and the chunk of earth landed in the Irish Sea, thus creating the island.
The Norse whisper that the Island has a gateway to Arcadia that is guarded by some terrible beast of legend.