Fairy help

Many races of the fey folk chose to give their services to mankind. These ranged from small, one-time tasks and gifts to daily hard work tilling fields or performing domestic chores. However, several taboos were placed upon the beneficiaries of fairy help and the etiquette should be scrupulously respected. First, thanking or rewarding the fairy … Read more

Protection against fairies

Friday is the  day of the week in which one should always take special precautions against them. For instance, before telling stories of the fairies, one should prefix one’s tales with: “A blessing attend their departing and travelling! This day is friday and they will not hear us.” This helps to ensure that the fairies’ … Read more

Morgan Le Fay

Morgan Le Fay was a malign fairy or sorceress who appeared in many guises throughout Arthurian legend. Aka : Dame d’Avalon, Morgane, Morgaine, Morgana Race : Fea Element : Water, Fire and Air Origin Morgane has often been compared with the goddess Modron, a figure derived from the continental Dea Matrona, featured with some frequency … Read more

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