In old Irish mythology, the mighty king of the Formorians,
usually called ‘‘Balor of the Evil Eye.’’ It was believed that he
was able to destroy by means of an angry glance. When his eyelid
became heavy with years, it is said that he had it raised by
means of ropes and pulleys so that he might continue to make
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use of his magic gift. He was eventually killed by his grandson,
Lugh, the sun god and son of his daughter Birog, who crept
near him one day when his eyelid had drooped momentarily
and slew him with a great stone, sinking it through his eye and