Long, long ago, in ancient Ireland, there was a beautiful, young woman with long, blond hair, and brown, doe-like eyes. Her name was Sadhbh, and she was one of the Fairy People from Tír na nÓg. Sadhbh had been turned into a deer by a dark druid because she refused to marry him, and had been banished to the lands of Ireland to roam.
One day, Fionn and his two great hounds, Bran and Sceolan, were out hunting in the forest with the Fianna, his loyal band of warriors. They came across a deer and gave chase. Much to their surprise, the deer was fast, and easily out ran the Fianna, until only Fionn and his hounds were left chasing. As Fionn ran into a clearing, he found the deer gracefully resting upon a patch of grass in the sunlight. The deer looked up at him with eyes filled with such sorrow that it stopped Fionn in his tracks. Fionn saw his two hounds lying beside the deer, resting their heads on her side, protecting her. Fionn, quite surprised by it all, for surely there must be something special about this creature for his hounds to protect it, decided not to kill the deer. As he turned to leave with his hounds, the deer rose and followed him back to his home. On his return, Fionn gave orders for the deer to be minded and protected inside the palace walls.
That night, Fionn was awakened suddenly by a soft noise. There, walking towards him was a beautiful woman in white robes with long, flowing blond hair and eyes as brown as a doe’s.
She said; “Do not be afraid, Fionn, I am Sadhbh, the deer you rescued today. You are seeing me in my true human form. I was under the spell of a dark druid because I refused to marry him. I am grateful for you for bringing me here, for inside your walls I am safe and his magic cannot reach me.”
Sadhbh was as kind as she was beautiful, but Sadhbh refused to go outside the palace walls, for she feared the magic of the dark druid. It wasn’t long before Fionn and Sadhbh fell deeply in love and were married. But still Sadhbh refused to go outside the palace walls, and so in love was Fionn with Sadhbh that he refused to leave her side. They were happy and were soon expecting a child.