Titania and Oberon

In the legends of Charlemagne, Oberon was said to be the son of Caesar and the Lady of the Hidden Island. He was the father of Robin Goodfellow, who later fostered the race of mischievous sprites called Pechs or Pucks. The legend of Huon of Bordeaux told that Oberon was the King of the large, … Read more

Trooping and Solitary Fairies

The 19th century poet, Williams Butler Yeats, wrote two works about Irish fairies The Celtic Twilight (1893, 1902) Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry (1888) In Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry, is not only description of fairies; it is a collection of works, poems and prose, from other authors, such … Read more

Seelie and Unseelie Court

Some versions of Irish mythology have the Daoine Sidhe eventually divide into two groups: the Seelie Court and the Unseelie Court. Though this separation is more commonly seen in Scottish mythology, Ireland also adopted this division. The Seelie Court were considered the true aristocrats of the Daoine Sidhe. They were judges, dispensing justice to the … Read more

Tuatha De Danann

The Great Tuatha De Danann of Ireland, which is often translated to mean ‘tribe of Danu,’ were the people of the Goddess Danu. The ancient Celts called them the Sidhe, the spirit-race of ancient Ireland. They are the source of the Faery Lineage. According to the traditional history of Ireland, specifically the Mythological Cycle, the … Read more

Y Tylwyth Teg

Y Tylwyth Teg is the most usual Welsh name for fairies, which are also known by the euphemism bendith y mamau [Welsh: mother’s blessings]. Although most stories about y tylwyth teg are recorded from oral tradition, references to them appear in writing as early as Giraldus Cambrensis (c.1146–1223). In distinction from other Celtic fairies, they … Read more

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

A fairy tale originally collected by the brothers Grimm. Snow White, a princess, is banished to the forest by her wicked stepmother, who is jealous of Snow White’s great beauty. Alone in the forest Snow White finds the cottage of the Seven Dwarfs. She offers to keep house for them in return for shelter. But … Read more

Fairies from the world

Creatures similar to European fairies appear in both written and oral literature, from the Sanskrit gandharva (semidivine celestial musicians) to the nymphs of Greek mythology and Homer, the jinni of Arabic mythology, and similar folk characters of the Samoans, of the Arctic peoples, and of other indigenous Americans. Abatwa – Said to be the tiniest … Read more

The Golden Age of Fairies

Between 1840 and 1870, historians have dubbed this period of time the “Golden Age of Fairies.” It is where former leading British Victorian Art Historian, Christopher Wood, begins his reference book with glimpses into what inspired a society to turn to the fantastic both with real-world examples and literary examples such as the societal fascination … Read more