Modern Times

Belief in fairies was still widespread in the early twentieth century, according to the testimony of W. Y. Evans-Wentz in The Fairy Faith in the Celtic Countries (London, 1911). An American-born believer in fairies, Evans-Wentz travelled all the Celtic countries on foot and collected material from all social classes, during which respondents spoke of their … Read more

An Historical Overview

of the Whereabouts of Gnomes and Elves, Fauns and Faeries, Goblins, Ogres, Trolls and Bogies, Nymphs, Sprites and Dryads, Past and Present BUCK YOUNG aka Mat Jacobsen wrote this article and it was originally published in Fireheart 6. A long, long time ago, the Earth belonged to the creatures of the wood. By creatures of … Read more

The departure of fairies

Patrick Logan writes of the opinions on fairies in our own century: Whatever took place, or was imagined, round about the year 1790, descriptions of it recorded as far apart as Nithsdale and Caithness are detailed, vivid and surprisingly alike. Invested with a curious atmosphere of mystery and regret, it is known as the Fairies’ … Read more

Famous Fairies from Fairy Tales

Fairy godmother : In fairy tales, a fairy godmother is a fairy with magical powers who acts as a mentor or parent to someone, in the role that an actual godparent was expected to play in many societies. There are present in Charles Perrault’s Cinderella, Dickens’ The Magic Fishbone and many more. Abonde — Dame … Read more

Gwynn ap Nudd

Gwynn ap Nudd is regarded as the king of the Tylwyth Teg, the fairies of Welsh lore and the leader of the Welsh Wild Hunt. According to Culhwch and Olwen, Culhwch was a great and famous noble warrior and also part of the hunt for the great boar Twrch Trwyth. Gwyn and Gwythyr also set … Read more

The Williams syndrome theory

The rare condition Williams Beurens  Syndrome was listed as of interest to scientists studying domestication because the people born with it are especially gregarious. The syndrome is described as a combination of about 26 missing genes. Further reading after quick Internet searches revealed that  people with this syndrome are exceptionally kind, highly verbally skilled and … Read more

Pagan deities

In most pagan religions, supernatural forces are associated with animals, the five elements and the Goddess. Sometimes the fairies were called Goddesses themselves. In several folk ballads the Fairy Queen is addressed as ‘Queen of Heaven.’ Welsh fairies were known as ‘the Mother’s Blessing.’ Breton peasants called the fairies Godmothers. In Gaul (France and Belgium), … Read more

Demons

A fourth belief was the fairies were demons entirely. This belief became much more popular with the growth of Puritanism. The hobgoblin, once a friendly household spirit, became a wicked goblin. Dealing with fairies was in some cases considered a form of witchcraft and punished as such in this era. Disassociating himself from such evils … Read more