Characters

Clíodhna

Clíodhna, the main character of the movie, is a young witch from the south who recently moved to the valley when she sensed the impending death of her predecessor, Fionnula, and took over the hut and guardianship of the valley when Fionnula died, as is the witches way.

She is used to a warmer climate and not overly happy with the cold winters in the valley, but all in all likes the place and takes her responsibilities seriously - the fact that she has a shrewd sense of humor and a deep-rooted optimism certainly helps.

Clíodhna in the forest

The villagers, used to the stern crone Fionnula are certainly not finding it easy to accept advice by a young woman and sometimes let her feel this - but appearances can be deceiving, Clíodhna commands potent magic.

Clíodhna summoning a lost soul into smoke

Played by         Katharina Golz
First appearance         Episode 1
Important in         all episodes

Rórdán

As assistant of the local blacksmith, Rórdán is a moderately important person in the village, and since he's usually level-headed and fair, he has become something like the village's bailiff, often called upon by the village elders when there is a problem to solve (though that role has never been formalized). As a result, he is also often tasked to speak to the 'new witch' and is one of the first villagers to get to know Clíodhna better - which is not without problems, as he has a firm idea from Fionnula how a witch should behave...

Rórdán out in the valley

Besides his work in the smithy, Rórdá is also an experienced tracker and hunter who knows many of the hidden corners of the valley.

Rórdán on a winter hunt

Played by         Thorsten Renk
First appearance         Episode 1
Important in         all episodes

Fionnula

As the old guardian of the valley, Fionnula is used to dealing with the villagers in her own way and knows the magic of the land well. She is not happy to pass all responsibility into the hands of a young witch from the south, but as she feels her end approaching, she has to trust that Clíodhna will solve things in her own way.

Fionnula in her hut

Played by         Christiane Golz
First appearance         Episode 1
Important in         all episodes

Siofra

Being a young villager and mother of Treasa (who is not exactly a well-behaved child), Siofra finds herself struggling to keep her family warm and fed after making the decision to marry for love rather than property. More than once, she has felt trapped in the valley and overwhelmed by circumstances, and yet she does not see a choice and has to do her chores to the best of her ability. And there's something in her past which connects her with Rórdán...

Siofra taking a break

Played by         Isabelle Golz
First appearance         Episode 2
Important in         Episode 2

Cian

Gleann an Phéine is a harsh place to live, but being born into one of the truly poor families, Cian has seen more hardship in his life than most. Yet he does not want to end up like his father and is determined to do whatever he can to improve his position.

Cian on the way to work

Played by         Murf Köhler
First appearance         Episode 2
Important in         Episode 2

Caradoc

A trader from the South who visits Gleann an Phéine only a handful of times every year, Caradoc is not part of the village community. Nevertheless popular with the villagers - with the adults, since he provides goods the village can't manufacture, and especially with the kids who enjoy his stories. When he is in the village he usually sleeps in the smithy and rarely misses the opportunity to empty a few glasses of apple wine with Rórdán.

Caradoc travelling towards the pass

Played by         Carl Golz
First appearance         Episode 2
Important in         Episode 2

Ailbhe

As one of the richest villagers, Ailbhe keeps horses to work the fields and transport wood and can afford to employ several farmhands. Her parents died young, and since her twin-sister Caoimhe is blind, she is used to shouldering the responsibility for the property from an early age.

Ailbhe talking to the witch

Played by         Doris Münster
First appearance         Episode 1
Important in         Episode 3

Caoimhe

Ailbhe blind twin sister Caoimhe is a gentle and empathic woman. Since she is unable to do much work besides embroidery, she has plenty of time to follow her thoughts and imaginations - sometimes it seems she is not fully of this world. Rórdán, one of the few villagers who enjoys talking philosophy as much as she does is a good friend of hers.

Caoimhe enjoying the sun

Played by         Doris Münster
First appearance         Episode 3
Important in         Episode 3

Ailbhe's servant

All the magic and adventuring may be exciting, but there need to be people who do the day to day work. Ailbhe's servant is one of them - and given all he has to do in the village - who would deny him a good meal and a large jar of beer in the evenings?

Ailbhe's servant doing his duty

Played by         himself
First appearance         Episode 2
Important in         his own way

Rathnait

Children in the village have to grow up fast and help the adults. Rathnait, born into a moderately wealthy family, is on the verge of ending her carefree childhood days and learn the skills she will need as an adult - such as spinning the wool her family produces to thread. Yet she would much prefer to still roam the forests with her friends Treasa and Úna...

Rathnait trying to learn to spin

Played by         Aino Renk
First appearance         Episode 1
Important in         Episodes 2 and 4

Treasa

Siofra's daughter Treasa is not always a source of joy for her mother - adventurous and strong-willed, she often ignores what her parents say, and worse, she also often tempts Rathnait into neglecting her duties. Yet she is an inseparable part of the trio of village kids.

Treasa being chided by her mother

Played by         Riina Renk
First appearance         Episode 1
Important in         Episodes 2 and 4

Úna

It might be unusual for someone as young as Úna to be friends with Treasa and much older Rathnait, but in a place as small as Gleann an Phéine, there is not much choice, and so the three girls have been hanging out together since Úna could walk. Usually she lets the older girls pick the rules of the game they play, but sometimes she develops her own ideas - which leads to quarrels.

Úna, the youngest of the trio of village girls

Played by         Laura Golz
First appearance         Episode 1
Important in         Episodes 2 and 4

Aoibheann

As Rathnait's godmother, Aoibheann is partially responsible for educating the girl in the skills needed in the village. This often requires from her to be more strict than it usually would be her nature.

Aoibheann in the village

Played by         Kerstin Padelat
First appearance         Episode 2
Important in         Episode 4


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