Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog
Also known asSaban's Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog
Created byHaim Saban
Voices of
Country of origin
  • Ireland
  • United States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes50
Executive producerHaim Saban
  • Robert Hughes
  • Lauren A. Levine
Production locationIreland
Production companies
Original networkFox Kids
Original releaseSeptember 12, 1998 (1998-09-12) –
May 7, 1999 (1999-05-07)

Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog is a fantasy-adventure television series set in a fantasy version of ancient Ireland, created by Saban Entertainment.[1] It was loosely based on actual Irish mythology. The name is derived from Tír na nÓg, one of the Otherworlds of Irish mythology. It was Saban's first fantasy series to involve knights, dragons, and wizards.[2] It aired on the Fox Kids Network from September 12, 1998 to May 7, 1999.

A second season entitled Mystic Knights: Battle Thunder was planned, but later cancelled, and its budget put towards Power Rangers Lost Galaxy and the English dub version of Digimon: Digital Monsters.[3]

The resulting series was an attempt in doing an original non-Japanese special-effects series rather than adapting from actual Japanese tokusatsu.[4][5][6][7][8]


On an unnamed island, queen Maeve of Temra seeks to conquer the peaceful kingdom of Kells and enlists the evil fairy Mider, who gives her the mystical Rune Stone allowing Maeve to use sorcery. Queen Maeve mostly uses the Rune Stone to create or summon monsters whom she sends to wreak havoc. When king Conchobar of Kells seeks a way to protect his kingdom, protagonist Rohan, a druid's apprentice, goes in search of the prophesied hero "Draganta", with his friend the reformed thief Angus.

Later joined by the foreign Prince Ivar, and Conchobar's daughter, princess Deirdre, they are drawn into Tír Na nÓg, whose king Fin Varra puts the group through various tests to determine their worthiness. The heroes having passed these tests, King Fin Varra gives them certain weapons granting control of the Classical elements Fire, Air, Water and Earth. Thereafter the four overcome Mider's "Evil Sentinels" (recurring villains in the series) to capture corresponding suits of armor, and oppose the various monsters created by Maeve, assisted by the winged fairy "Aideen". Subsequently, Rohan gains a new partner in Pyre the dragon, who later identifies Rohan as Draganta. Later in the series, another Mystic Knight emerges, in the form of prince Garrett of Rheged, who joins the others after they free him from Maeve's telepathic control.

With her powers nearly exhausted, queen Maeve summons the monster "Lugad", who is more powerful than any previous creation and was trained and mutated by Maeve's teacher Nemain. It was discovered that Lugad and Rohan are both Maeve's abandoned sons. In the series finale, they co-operate with the other Mystic Knights to defeat Maeve, whom king Conchobar banishes to another island. As for Nemain, she has claimed the Silver Chalice that Ivar sought to reclaim as Mider enters an alliance with her.


Mystic Knights

Fiercely independent princess Deirdre (Lisa Dwan).




These are the monsters that the Mystic Knights battle:


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Legend of the Ancient Scroll"Robert HughesJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotSeptember 12, 1998 (1998-09-12)
When her plans for war on Kells are revealed, Maeve begins to raise a monster to battle Kells troops. Told of the ancient scroll which can find Draganta, Rohan and Angus are on the trail, meeting with Ivar along the way. Deirdre follows as the four fall through a portal in the earth.
2"Tir Na Nóg"Robert HughesJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotSeptember 16, 1998 (1998-09-16)
In the fairy kingdom, the Knights are put through a series of tests to find their worth. Once they prove themselves, they are granted the Mystic Weapons which they use to fight back a Temra attack.
3"The Fire Dragon of Dare"Robert HughesJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotSeptember 17, 1998 (1998-09-17)
The Knights fail to tame Pyre the fire dragon and realize they need their armor to do so. Rohan is first, defeating the Ice Lord of Temra to gain his armor and then assisting the others in fighting a juggernaut.
4"Tash Hound of Temra"Greg WheelerMark O’BrianSeptember 18, 1998 (1998-09-18)
Deirde faces the Lightning Bat of Temra for her suit of armor. Meanwhile, Maeve tricks Rohan into thinking that Temra wants peace with Kells so that she can sic the Tash Hound of Temra on him.
5"Ivar and the Sea Serpent"Greg WheelerDan Davis & John O’DonnellSeptember 19, 1998 (1998-09-19)
Ivar battles the Sea Serpent of Temra for his armor and his feelings about being in Kells. Meanwhile, the others protect a village from a Cyclops.
6"The Wolf in the Rocks"Jeremiah CullinaneHeather McCahonSeptember 23, 1998 (1998-09-23)
Maeve has her soldiers kidnap Angus to keep him from facing the Rock Wolf of Temra. When his friends rescue him, Angus confronts the Rock Wolf while the others fight the Bull of Temra.
7"The Taming of Pyre"Jeremiah CullinaneJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotSeptember 24, 1998 (1998-09-24)
8September 25, 1998 (1998-09-25)
The Knights try to get Pyre on their side.
The Knights manage to control Pyre to become an ally.
9"Draganta"Gabe TorresMaggie HayesSeptember 26, 1998 (1998-09-26)
Pyre reveals that Rohan himself is Draganta, which he is uneasy about. Maeve takes advantage to cast a spell that turns the other Knights against each other.
10"War of the Little People"Gabe TorresJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotSeptember 30, 1998 (1998-09-30)
Mider tricks the Knights into giving up their weapons as he takes over Tir Na Nog.
11"Dragon's Fury"Gabe TorresHarry CaulOctober 1, 1998 (1998-10-01)
Maeve uses a plant to control Pyre, forcing the Knights to fight him.
12"Tyrune"Kevin BarkerJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotOctober 2, 1998 (1998-10-02)
Maeve and Torc trick Rohan into reciting an incantation and bring the ancient dragon Tyrune to life.
13"Tyrune Returns"Kevin BarkerJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotOctober 3, 1998 (1998-10-03)
The Knights must free Pyre in order to defeat Tyrune.
14"Aideen and the Stone Princess"Kevin BarkerRobert Baird & Kelly SenecalOctober 6, 1998 (1998-10-06)
Taking what she thinks is a potion to boost her strength, Aideen turns Deirde into stone and must undo the spell.
15"Battle of the Druids"Tim ConradJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotOctober 9, 1998 (1998-10-09)
Cathbad's druid teacher Seethchenn comes to Kells and seems to help the king making Cathbad feel unneeded. However, when it's discovered the druid is working for Maeve, Cathbad must overcome his doubts and fight his mentor.
16"Queen Deirdre"Tim ConradJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotOctober 17, 1998 (1998-10-17)
When Conchobar is taken ill by a spell in the form of a gift, Deirdre must become Queen in his stead. However, her worry about making the wrong choices pushes her to accept a challenge from Maeve that could spell disaster.
17"Night of the Spirits"Gabe TorresJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotOctober 31, 1998 (1998-10-31)
Maeve takes advantage of a Kells holiday to send ghostly creatures to attack.
18"Aideen's Choice"Tim ConradLyle WeldonNovember 5, 1998 (1998-11-05)
Aideen accepts a spell from Maeve that turns her into a human so she can pursue Rohan. Maeve uses the opportunity to capture Deirdre, forcing Aideen to choose the princess or her new form.
19"Divide & Conquer"Gabe TorresMargo McCahonNovember 6, 1998 (1998-11-06)
A messenger from Ivar's home requests his return as news comes of a new Temra attack. Both are part of a plan by Maeve to separate the Knights while she uses sleeping fog to take over Kells.
20"Eye of the Beholder"Gabe TorresMaggie HayesNovember 7, 1998 (1998-11-07)
On an errand for Cathbad, Deirde drinks from a magic pool that turns her into a hag. When she goes to Fin Varra for help, he's taken by her new appearance and shrinks her down to be with him.
21"Garrett and the Princess"Kevin BarkerJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotNovember 11, 1998 (1998-11-11)
In order to forge an alliance, Conchobar agrees to marry Deirde to Garrett, a prince of another land. His arrogance soon rubs all the Knights the wrong way and they tell him to leave.
22"The Traitor of Kells"Kevin BarkerJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotNovember 12, 1998 (1998-11-12)
Maeve uses a spell on Garrett to turn him into her fighter. He soon manages to defeat the Knights and steal their weapons.
23"The Fifth Knight"Kevin BarkerLyle WeldonNovember 13, 1998 (1998-11-13)
Told that Garrett is important to the future of Kells, the Knights manage to free him from his spell.
24"The Mystic Knight of Forest"Tim ConradJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotNovember 14, 1998 (1998-11-14)
Garrett must overcome his arrogance in order to become the new Mystic Knight when he fights a giant spider in Banshee Woods. While Garrett is tangling with the giant spider, Mider summons four of the Spectres of the Banshee Woods to fight the other Knights.
25"Egg of the Dragon"Tim ConradJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotNovember 17, 1998 (1998-11-17)
The Knights discover a dragon's egg in the forest and must keep it from Maeve. Meanwhile, Angus falls in with some old thief friends of his, and Deirde and Garrett attempt to work out their relationship.
26"The Drageen"Tim ConradJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotNovember 19, 1998 (1998-11-19)
Now hatched, the baby dragon is sought by both the Knights and Maeve.
27"A King's Ransom"Robert HughesHarry CaulNovember 20, 1998 (1998-11-20)
When the Northmen, a race of savage invaders, kidnap Conchobar and threaten the whole island, the Knights offer a truce to Maeve to fight them off. However, the invasion is all a ruse of Maeve's to take over Kells.
28"The Curse of Kells"Kevin BarkerJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotJanuary 30, 1999 (1999-01-30)
Ivar is told the story of how Angus and Rohan became friends as children as well as how Torc joined with Maeve.
29"The Trial of Angus"Robert HughesJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotFebruary 4, 1999 (1999-02-04)
Rohan and Deirdre work to clear Angus when he's accused of robbing villagers and vandalizing their properties. While Ivar is busy looking for the real culprit, Maeve summons a fire monster and sends it to Kells.
30"Mider: King of Temra"Tim ConradJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotFebruary 5, 1999 (1999-02-05)
Tricking Cathbad into turning him human-sized, Mider overthrows Maeve and becomes ruler of Temra. Realizing the power-mad fairy is a more dangerous threat, the Knights aid Maeve in taking back her throne as the answer to King Fin Varra's advice.
31"The Buckler of Bre"Kevin BarkerJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotFebruary 6, 1999 (1999-02-06)
Entering Tir Na Nog, Torc steals a powerful weapon that allows him to challenge the Knights.
32"Ivar's Revenge"Kevin BarkerJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotFebruary 8, 1999 (1999-02-08)
Ivar finally manages to steal back his people's chalice from Torc. However, the chalice is Mider's link to the dark realms and taking it back to Ivar's kingdom is too dangerous. Ivar decides to take the chalice anyway but is captured by Maeve while Mider is left stranded at Castle Kells.
33"King's Bride"Kevin BarkerRichard Preston Jr.February 9, 1999 (1999-02-09)
Conchobar is taken by a visiting lady but Deirdre senses something wrong about her.
34"All Kings Great and Small"Tim ConradBob AllenFebruary 10, 1999 (1999-02-10)
In order to stop a storm of dark magic, the kings of Kells and Tir Na Nog must switch places for a day. While Conchobar organizes the fairies into a fighting force, Fin Varra's more fun ways with the Kells soldiers leave them vulnerable to attack.
35"The Wish"Kevin BarkerDan DavisFebruary 11, 1999 (1999-02-11)
After saving a wood elf, Angus is offered one wish and the other Knights pressure him to use it for their own desires.
36"The Lost King"Tim ConradJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotFebruary 12, 1999 (1999-02-12)
The Knights must find the kidnapped Fin Varra before Maeve steals his powers.
37"Friends for Life"Kevin BarkerMaggie HayesFebruary 13, 1999 (1999-02-13)
Jealousy of Rohan's prominence leads Angus to a falling out with his friend.
38"The Prisoner Prince"Tim ConradJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotFebruary 20, 1999 (1999-02-20)
A young prince who seeks to have his kingdom ally with Temra comes to claim it and the Knights must keep him safe, despite his bratty attitude.
39"Shipwrecked"Robert HughesMaggie HayesFebruary 24, 1999 (1999-02-24)
A beautiful princess named Lynette is found on the shores of Kells without her memory by Fin Varra's scouts. Garrett grows closer to her while her arrival coincides with the monstrous Grindon attacking.
40"Rohan's Doubt"Tim ConradJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotFebruary 26, 1999 (1999-02-26)
Maeve casts a spell on Rohan that makes him doubt in his abilities and weakens him in battle.
41"The Barrow of Balin"Tim ConradRichard Preston Jr.March 2, 1999 (1999-03-02)
Maeve resurrects the legendary warrior Balin and sets him against Kells, forcing Rohan to battle his idol.
42"Dark Rider"Tim ConradRichard Preston Jr.April 23, 1999 (1999-04-23)
Maeve awakens an ancient warrior who uses a scepter to take over the minds of Kells soldiers and the Knights.
43"The Warrior of Temra"Kevin BarkerRichard Preston Jr.April 26, 1999 (1999-04-26)
As the war turns against her, Maeve pulls out her secret weapon that was bred by her teacher Nemain: Lugad, a monstrous warrior.
44"Battle Fury"Kevin BarkerJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotApril 27, 1999 (1999-04-27)
Lugad helps turn the tide of war for Temra as the Knights must figure a way to stop him. Rohan undergoes a dangerous test to gain the powerful Battle Fury armor.
45"Lugad's Challenge"Kevin BarkerJoel BarkowApril 28, 1999 (1999-04-28)
Rohan faces Lugad one on one and makes a stunning discovery that links them together.
46"The Mark of Destiny"Tim ConradMaggie HayesApril 29, 1999 (1999-04-29)
Rohan must try to convince Lugad of the truth about them.
47"The Queen Mother"Tim ConradLyle WeldonApril 30, 1999 (1999-04-30)
Captured by Maeve, Rohan is shocked to learn the secret of his origins.
48"Knight in the Forest"Declan RecksRichard Preston Jr.May 5, 1999 (1999-05-05)
Contemplating leaving Kells, Rohan decides to stay and fight as Garrett returns to aid in the battle.
49"The Final Battle"Declan RecksJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotMay 6, 1999 (1999-05-06)
Maeve launches a full on attack on Castle Kells that forces the Knights and Conchobar to retreat.
50"Banished"Declan RecksJoel Barkow & Louis ZivotMay 7, 1999 (1999-05-07)
Rohan must embrace his destiny to defeat Maeve once and for all.


Voice actors

Home media

In the US and UK, only one VHS was released.[citation needed] In Germany, two DVDs were released with two episodes each. The original English audio is not included on the DVDs.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ The Spectres of the Banshee Woods are recycled versions of the Beetleborgs monsters Shellator and Count Fangula's Bat Monster form and the B-Fighter Kabuto monsters Flame Ant Beast Baeria and Darkness Combined Beast Arajibiray (unused in Beetleborgs Metallix).
  2. ^ This unnamed spikey monster is actually a repainted version of Emily the Seed of Evil from Beetleborgs.


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