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It is always a path wrought with uncertainty as even the most enchanting and beautiful fairy could suddenly transform into a hideous creature or dangerous old witch due to the slightest breach of the secret fairy code of etiquette or the elven code of honor.
) Other names for fairy and fairy like creatures include the fay, sprite, elf, brownie, pixie, pixy, Robin Goodfellow, dwarf, gnome, troll, kobold, peri, hobgoblin, leprechaun, and also included are the nymph, dryad, oceanid, hamadryad, naiad, neried, oread, undine, faun, satyr & mermaid.
Ne wonder; for her owne deare loued knight, All were she dayly with himselfe in place, Did wonder much at her celestiall sight: Oft had he seene her faire, but neuer so faire dight.So she beheld those maydens meriment With chearefull vew; who when to her they came, Themselues to ground with gratious humblesse bent, And her ador'd by honorable name, Lifting to heauen her euerlasting fame: Did seeme such, as she was, a goodly maiden Queene.The illustrations of Grimm's Fairy tales and Keightley's Fairy Mythology set the world's imagination on fire with Cruikshank's ants-eye views of frenzied fairy revelry.These fairy tales and illustrations helped to create a mythical, magical never-never land from our folklore.Above left is the dream from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Above right we see the quarrel between Queen Titania and The Terrifying King Oberon.
Did you know the original King Arthur was a Fairy King? The Heroes of Ulster, from Celtic Mythology, have no part in fairyland, but their enemy, Medb or Medbh, ( Pronounced 'Mave' ) above is credited with Queenly rule among the Sidhe ( Celtic Fairies ) & is held by some (not all) to be an evolution of the original Celtic Fairy "Queen Mab". The braided Celtic knot work on her garments was believed to have magical powers to ward off evil spirits.
A female spirit who wailed to foretell death was called a Banshee.
The Greek Sirens of Homer are a form of these Fairies, as the Nereids, Oreads, and Naiads are fairies of wells, mountains, and the sea.
The best books on Celtic Fairy lore are still "The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies" by the Rev. Kirk and Keightley's "Fairy Mythology", but they are difficult to obtain.
Fortunately "Fairies" by Contemporary Fairy painting masters Brian Froud and Alan Lee is back in print and an absolutely delightful edition for any collector or enthusiast.
Renaissance alchemists explained that fairy creatures are formed from the subtlest ingredients from the four elements that constitute the universe.