The Dagda. King of the Tuatha Dé Danann. He is associated with fertility, agriculture, manliness, strength, magic, druidry and wisdom. He influences or controls life and death, the weather and crops, as well as time and the seasons. He is god of the sky and the earth. He was not the only, or even first king. But, he did hold the longest reign. He is described as a giant man with a large beard. He possessed three uniquely powerful artifacts a club so large it would require eight men to lift, in the Dagda’s hands the head could kill nine men with a single swing, and the handle could restore them back to life with a single touch. His second artifact is his giant cauldron that contained an endless amount of food, the laidel was big enough to fit two men, no man that ever ate from the cauldron left unsatisfied. His most important artifact was his magic harp made of oak, playing it would put the seasons in the correct order, and also command the will and emotions of man. The Dagda also had two pigs, one was always growing and the other was always roasting. In Celtic mythology he is regarded as the “All-Father," not because he was the father of all the people, but rather because he acted as a father figure, a protector of all. He can be compared to the Norse god Odin in that sense but the Dagda is more similar to Thor with the ability to conjure storms and his enemy being a giant sea monster. His name translates to “the good god” not because of his benevolence but because he was good at everything he does.
In one myth The Dagda fell for Boann, goddess of the River Boyne and wife of Elcmar, a judge of the Tuatha dé Danann. In order to court her, the Dagda sent Elcmar away to High King Bres. With her husband out of the way, Boann soon fell pregnant with the Dagda's child. To prevent Elcmar from seeking retribution against the child, the Dagda held the sun in place for nine months, allowing Boann to carry and give birth to the child in a single day. The Dagda then gave the child to his son Midir to raise, and the boy became Aengus, god of love and poetry.