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death portent in the form of a bird which sings outside the door of a
person who’s going to die.
am Aengus; men call me the Young. I am the sunlight in the heart, the
moonlight in the mind; I am the light at the end of every dream, the
voice for ever calling to come away; I am desire beyond joy or tears.
Come with me, come with me: I will make you immortal; for my palace
opens into the Gardens of the Sun, and there are the fire-fountains
which quench the heart’s desire in rapture.”
from “Fairy Faith in the Celtic Lands” by Wentz
of the Tuatha De Danann who became an important part of the folk
religions of Ireland and who's home appears to have been one of the
places fairies lived.
are a number of different tales of the Afanc which either describe it
as a water demon or a creature that looks like a mix between crocodile
and beaver. In all cases, however, it was a dangerous creature which
would prey on those who went into its lake.
one of the more interesting of the Afanc's tales the creature kills
three of the kings sons (chieftains) every day when they go to slay the
Afanc and everyday the court maidens bring these sons back to life.
Finally a man named Peredur asks to go out with the three chieftains,
but they refuse as they wouldn't be able to bring him back to life.
Determined Peredur strikes out on his own so that he might slay the
Afanc and thus increase his own fame and honor. On his way he meets a
maiden (The Queen of Constantinople who is most likely a stand in for
what was previously another fairy figure or shaman figure). This
'fairy or shaman' gives Peredur a stone that allows him to see things
which are invisible for the Afanc as it turns out has this ability,
just as it has the ability to shoot poisoned darts at it's victims.
Still Another Tale the Afanc acts like a unicorn and lays it's head in
a maidens lap allowing the villagers to capture it.
Aillan Mac Midhna (Irish)
Tuatha De Danann Musician who would come out on Samain Day and lull
people to sleep with his music before breathing fire to burn up Tara.
Fairy Goddess and a member of the Tuatha De Dannan.
Fairy Girl in Northern England,
Tree Man (England)
within the oldest tree in an apple orchard and helps the fruit to ripen
well so that there is a good crop.
beautiful water fairy which baths in moonlight, and is so fragile that
if sunlight touches them they turn into water.
general term for giant Scottish monster
dangerous water creature which appears as a horse.
a warning tale to keep children from wondering into orchards alone the
Awd Goggie inhabits Fruit Orchards where it will attack children.
good spirit of a woman who stays behind to watch over her family. As
such she begins to wail and cry when a family member is about to die.
beautiful women in a green dress who lives in the wilderness using
their beauty to seduce victims who they devour.
spirit which haunts cities and the countryside in a number of different
form of hairy house fairy
fairy which appears as an old Lady and washes the clothes of those
about to die so that they look presentable when they go to Heavan.
monster which haunts mines
y Mamau (Welsh)
for Fairies in Wales
name of a house fairy which gives advice to a young man.
sprite that closes the eyes of children at bedtime.
hag which eats children, but may also be a former goddess, or the
aggressive soul of an internally duelistic goddess.
name of a household fairy.
fairy which live in mines and appears as small blue flames. If the
miners treat them well these fairies well lead them to mineral deposits.
Men of Minch (Scotland)
skinned men who live in in the ocean around islands. They would cause
storms and wreck ships but a captain who was good at poetry could keep
them at bay.
point are the demons which were said to haunt particular families as
their good or evil genius. The family of Rothiemurchus was said to have
been haunted by Bodach,”
Earl of E , a nobleman alike beloved and respected in Scotland, and
whose death was truly felt as a national loss, was playing on the day
of his decease on the links of St. Andrews at the national game of
golf. Suddenly he stopped in the middle of a game, saying, " I can play
no longer, there is the Bodach Glas, I have seen it for the third time
; something fearful is going to befall me." He died that
Bodach would also enter the household through the chimney to torment
name of a death porteint for the family of Eothmarchas
fairy of the farmstead which appeared as an old man and would help with
spirit which haunts houses.
general Name for mischievous fairy creatures. In one fairy tale it
takes the place of the Hedley Kow in the story.
general name for a creature which haunts children.
mischievous and occasionally dangerous goblin, though at times they can
also be guardian spirits.
Magical water bird of Scotland.
mischievous Shape Changer
strange formless creature with only a mouth and eyes and a limited
Man of the Muirs
lord of the animals of the moorlands.
spirit of the farm which cares for the bees and gets them to fertilize
the fields.The Cornish Browney .
common name for a house fairy
storm spirit which lives in mines and caves
monstrous Creature which is unable to cross water
spirit which punishes bad children and bad servents.
spirit summoned by the Green Knight in a ballad about Arthur.
Bwabach or Boobach is a Welsh house fairy of the brownie arch type.
Much like many other similar fairies he tends to do good deeds for
those who treat him well by giving him cream, don’t try to look
or guess his name. When the Bwabach is mistreated they turn into a a
poltergeist like being known as the bwca and after gaining revenge flee
the house which they came from in search of a new home with people who
will treat them properly. At times however they refuse to leave a place
and so must be exercised.
Hag of Winter
fairywhich washes the clothes of those about to die. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caoineag
spirit of the barn which torments those who are not supposed to be in
the barn but helps the family to keep their sheep and other animals
Lad of Hilton
house fairy which also has much in common with a ghost
Woman/Half Salmon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceasg
Peg and Melsh Dick
wood-demons supposed to protect soft, unripe nuts from being gathered
by naughty children, the former being wont to beguile her leisure by
smoking a pipe.
a fixed inhabitant of the church by day and by night, and only '
marauds about ' in dark stormy weather. It has been known to toll the
death- bell at midnight, and at times a priest officiating at a burial
would see it sitting at a window in the church-tower, when e would be
able to tell by the creature's aspect whether the soul of the departed
was saved or lost.
nothing beyond making a noise as of beating on empty cans.
to a Leprechaun
friendly fairy of Welsh mines which leads people to rich vains of ore,
often by knocking where they should dig and which helps prevent cave
child Piskie briefly taken in by a human farmer.
with ears like cows.
large green dog
Bringers which Live in caves
death portent spirit much like the banshee
King of the Irish Fairy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dagda
and his Dogs (Cornish)
Priest who becomes a huntsman for the devil (Fairy Tale)
uses this word for fairies in Ireland
species of dwarfish fairies, of somewhat evil nature
Dandy Dogs (Cornish)
Cornish dogs used for the wild hunt
of a brownie
fairy which looks like an old man and lives in sea side caves. He warns
away those who approach his cave by causing them to sprain their ankle
or hurt themselves in some other way. Despite his desire to be alone he
can be useful and warns of coming storms.
of the Brownie type
which haunt old castles
Dangerous Water Horse http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Each_uisge
fairy race from Saxon lore http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elf
mischievous fairy which lives in bogs and uses light to lure travlers
Elves which fit the more modern idea of fairies, they are wispy,
ethreal, beautiful little creatures which eat toadstools and fairy
butter (a fungus found in the roots of old trees). Yet in many stories
they also appear a bit more like pixies.
two headed four horned monster Read the Fairy Tale
monster of Scotland which has one leg, one eye, one tooth, one arm
which holds a dangerous club. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fachen
Suffolk the fairies are called farisees. Not many years ago, a butcher
near Woodbridge went to a farmer's to buy a calf, and finding, as he
expressed it, that "the cratur was all o' a muck," he desired the
farmer to hang a flint by a string in the crib, so as to be just clear
of the calf's head. "Becaze," said he, "the calf is rid every night by
the farisees, and the stone will brush them off."
little man who dresses all in red who comes into peoples homes to warm
himself by the fire. http://www.leprechaunmuseum.ie/irish-folklore-mythology/creatures-of-the-otherworld/fear-dearg/
fairy mentioned in two tales from Lancashire but never fully described.
fairy who was banished from the fairy court for falling in love with a
Manx must have adopted the English word " fairies " for use in the
singular number, and ferrishyn is at the least a double plural.
beautiful water fairy which drowns humans when given the chance.
of the fairies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finvarra
first rulers of Ireland. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir_Bolg
fairy with a read hat who may visit people's homes at night (Read the
Two Fairy Tales)
translated as the nimble ones, the Fir Chlis are the Northern lights
which were reputed to be fairies dancing in the sky.
of Ireland http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fomorians
of the Rocks to whom offerings of milk and bread were left before a
of evil water fairies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuath
headless spirit which haunts the countryside
Giant White Dog who chases anyone who runs from it.
that wonder the countryside and try to woo milk-maidens.
hag somewhat akin to Black Annis only controls the winds and causes
name for the fairies which is used to avoid offending them.
guardian of trees (especially birch trees) he is a wild and often shy
fairy who is kind to and aids children. Said to be dark haired, he is
described as clothed in leaves and moss. In lore, this solitary spirit
is said to reside primarily near Gairloch and Loch a Druing
to be a beautiful woman she hides goat legs under long flowing dresses
and seeks to drain the blood from males in some legends. In others she
is a guardian spirit, so she is likely very internally duelistic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glaistig
some reports a brownie creature in others a water fairy.
evil and sometimes phantom like fairies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goblin
Gooseberry-wife in the guise of a large furry caterpillar, takes charge
of the green gooseberries, e.g. If ye goos out in the gearden, the
gooseberry-wife'll be sure to ketch ye
death portent which appears as a young horse running on its hind legs.
word for a small sprite like creature.
evil nymph or water demon which lives pools of water or the trees.
fairies so exquisitely beautiful that men can fall instantly in love
often a female brownie type spirit such as one which lived in Skipness
Castle where it did odd jobs for the maids. There are also males, and a
number of other tales about them.
fox skin wearing fairy boy who was banished from fairyland.
an evil cow whose appearance was formerly believed in as a sign of death
fairies which act as death portents
haglike fairies which haunt lonely mountain roads.
Queen of Fairies. Superstitious females, in Fife, are anxious to spin
off all the flax that is on their rocks, on the last night of the year
; being persuaded that if they left any unspun, the Gyrc-Carlin, or as
they also pronounce the word the Gy-carlin, would carry it off before
fairy which spins magical garments.
mischievous dog spirit
shapeshifting fairy which likes to play tricks on people.
called because they were supposed to henk or limp when they danced,
Henkie knowes are the knolls round which these trolls or fairies used
to gambol at night ; the Hill Folk
one legged creature which carries a lantern in order to lure travelers
a kind house fairy which can cure illness
name for the Will o the Wisp
fairies which are chased of by a barking dog. (English Folk Tale)
Unmeaning abjeration supposed to have reference to fairies
fairies which hid in the mist, but would warn fishermen of coming
mountain fairy which appears as an old man, his voice could be heard in
the winter lamenting the coming tempests which gave people warning of
kind fairy which would find lost children in the fens and help them
find their way home again. Very protective the hyter sprites would also
scold those who mistreated children.
word for Will o the wisp
a supernatural being of great stature, wearing clanking chains, who may
at any moment spring out on a passer-by in the dark.
Spirits of wicked people who died they use glimmering lights to lead
travelers into bogs and moors. In order to protect oneself from them is
to put one's cap inside out and avoid pointing at them. For they will
attack those who point at them. He can be helpful as he will light the
way of those who request it but being internally duelistic in nature he
can turn back to his misleading nature at any time.
dangerous spirit which haunts the woodlands of North Riding Yorkshire.
One night a drunk brash young man made a bet that he could rouse her
from the woods. So he rode up to Mulgrave Wood and called for her to
Coming” She called in anger and chased him nearly to the river
she cut his horse in two, but luckly for him he was thrown clear across
the water and so was safe as she could not cross after.
specific name for a Grindylow
name for Will o the Wisp
Squarefoot " was a cross between a human being and a tusked boar who
haunted the hillward parts of Malew and Arbory, and whose footprints
were found where he had shown himself.
the Wad (Cornish)
type of Will o the Wisp
water fairy which can appear as a large horse which will try to lure
people (especially children and woman) onto his back so that he may run
into the lake or river and drown them. They may also appear as handsome
young men or woman.
brownie like fairy which inhabits mills.
with the Candlestick (Kitty Candlestick)
name for Will o the Wisp
name for earth colored fairies in the Scottish Lowlands
that help miners. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knocker_(folklore)
bogie who taps behind the wainscot to frighten children
water dragon which terrorizes the land around Lambton hall until a
knight slays it (Read Scotish Fairy Tale)
fairy of the orchard who curses those who steal from the orchard to get
cramps and pains.
fairy which inspires poets in return for their love
the Water Leaper in English the Llamhigyn Y Dwr is described as a
giant frog with a bat's wings instead of forelegs, a long tail and
stinger instead of hindlegs
haunts fishermen breaking their fishing lines and while leap out of the
water to eat them or livestock.
fairy who makes shoes for the fairy court and hides pots of gold which
it receives as payment.
beautiful guardian fairy.
Lie by the Fire
water fairy that loves the arts of music and weaving and gets furious
with anyone who makes mistakes at these.
form of house fairy.
lunantishees are the tribes that guard the blackthorn trees or sloes;
they let you cut no stick on the eleventh of November (the original
November Day), or on the eleventh of May (the original May Day). If at
such a time you cut a blackthorn, some misfortune will come to you.
Queen of the Fairies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Mab
girls have the unique ability to calm and capture many creatures such
as the Afnac, unicorn, etc. It is likely that this is a remnant of
Shamanistic traditions of the past. For the Indo-European's often and
woman as oracles. Further there is some evidence of a relationship
between the early Celts and the Altaic People's who have female shamans.
A fairy tale which likely has some roots in vision quests.
http://zeluna.net/english-fairytales-childerowland.html - A girl who sets out to
free her love from fairy land..
spirit akin to the Killmoulis, whereas it is " the girl with the hairy
left-hand " which haunts Tulloch Gorms, and gives warning of a death in
the Grant family
female house fairy who turned evil.
guardian of nut trees.
Human Half Fish Water fairy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaid
form of mermaid which used red caps to transform.
form of black dog http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moddey_Dhoo
whom the children sing : The moon shines bright, The
stars give light, And little Nanny Button-cap Will
come to-morrow night.
name of fairy which comes down the chimney and plays with a child
form of Grindylow
appears always in the form of a fine apple-grey horse on the sea-shore;
but he may be distinguished from ordinary horses by the circumstance of
his hoofs being reversed. If any one is so foolish as to mount him, he
gallops off, and plunges into the sea with his burden. He can, however,
be caught in a particular manner, tamed, and made to work.
water horse (Read the Fairy Tale)
Bheara, the King of the Connacht Fairies in Cnoc Meadha (or
Castlehacket) in the County Galway, his Queen Nuala, and all the
beautiful forms seen by Mr. Wentz’s seer-witness
one eyed sea monster who came up onto land. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuckelavee
fairy of an Oak Tree offers a man three wishes if he agrees not to cut
down his tree. http://zeluna.net/english-fairytales-thethreewishes.html
Lady of the Elder Tree
a mischievous goblin in the shape of a great dog or calf, haunting
highways and footpaths after dark. Those who are so foolhardy as to
encounter the beast are sure to be thrown down and severely bruised.
a terrible boggart with saucer-eyes, and dragging clanking chains ; or
it takes the form of a large sheep or dog walking beside you, making a
soft noise pad, pad, pad with its feet. It always portends disaster.
but incredibly strong fairies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pech_(mythology)
female water fairy which seeks to drown people and at times will steal
tribe of half-Fairies who are decended from Penelope
mischievous Shape Changer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%BAca
Piper of Franchville
Pied Piper is likely some form of fairy teaching a morality lesson,
what's more he leads the children into fairyland.
name for Will o the Wisp
name for Pixies.
and often small fairies
lake fairies which have been compaired to nymphs
fairy of the farm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portunes
Gabble Raches, or Gabriel's Hounds (n.Cy. Yks. Lan. Stf. Der.) are
spectre dogs whose yelping cry may be heard at dead of night, or in the
early morning, what time the collier goes to his work in the pits, a
warning of death to the hearer or to some one among his kinsfolk and
acquaintance. Their leader Gabriel is condemned to follow his hounds at
night, high in the upper air, till doomsday, for the sin of having
hunted on Sunday.
and Bloody Bones
boggart of the ponds is a masculine water- demon called Rawhead, Tommy
Rawhead (w.Yks.), Bloody-bones (Lan.), or Rawhead and Bloody-bones, e.
g. Keep away from the marl-pit or rawhead and bloody-bones will have
that infest the ruins.
gentle form of seilkie.
spinning fairy (Read the Fairy Tale)
fox who steals from a castle owned by three bears.
court of light fairies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seelie_Court
which appear human but can turn into seals by putting on a magical skin. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selkie
female spirit which haunts stretches of road and can appear with in
or gregarious fairy of Ireland wears foxglove bells on head
shell wearing water fairy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shellycoat
is an apparition portending death. It wanders about in the woods by
night uttering loud, piercing shrieks, its form being then invisible.
At other times it takes visible shape as a large dog, with
feet and shaggy hair, and the usual saucer-eyes. When walking, its feet
make a splashing noise, as of a person in old shoes walking in soft mud
; hence it is also known by the name of Trash, for to trash signifies
to walk wearily through wet and mire, and trashes are worn-out shoes.
name of a little fairy child that lives with some humans for a short
Manx name for the little people
“hosts,” the spirit-world. The “hosts” are the
spirits of mortals who
have died.... According to one informant, the spirits fly about in
great clouds, up and down the face of the world like the starlings, and
come back to the scenes of their earthly transgressions. No soul of
them is without the clouds of earth, dimming the brightness of the
works of God, nor can any win heaven till satisfaction is made for the
sins of earth
of the Bloody Hand
Portent in the Kinchardines
of the fairy hills
the traveller had the misfortune to lose his way, or whenever there was
a prospect of deluding him from it, this vigilant link-boy was ever at
hand, to light him into far worse quarters than even the purlieus of
the traveller's attention was arrested by the most resplendent light,
apparently reflected from a window not far distant, which, however, as
the traveller approached, receded from him, like the rainbow. Still
pursuing his course towards it, the wily Spunkie manoeuvred so
dexterously that the unhappy wanderer was speedily decoyed into the
nearest morass or precipice. Plunging headlong into some fatal abyss,
the deluded victim never returned to his mournful wife and family, to
relate to them the Spunkie's perfidy."
wraitli is an apparition exactly like a living person, and its
appearance, whether to that person or to another, is commonly thought
an omen of death. These apparitions are called " fetches" throughout
the sister island, in Cumberland " swarths," and in Yorkshire
sea-spirit which sometimes assumes the appearance of a horse, and at
other times that of an old man
or Tantarabobus - Now, Polly, yu've abin a bad, naughty maid, and ef
yii be sich a wicked cheel again, I'll zend vur tankerabogus tu come
and car yii away tii 'is pittee-awl Tod-lowrie e.g. Here's Tod-
lowrie coming ! In Scotland the word is a name for the fox.
who were thought to be children who died without being baptized.
person has a personal fairy with the power to take their life.
Tiddy Ones (Lincolnshire)
spirits that cause floods
sounds which act as a death portent
bogie having iron teeth, with which he devours bad children
bogie who inhabits dark closets, holes under stairs, unoccupied cock-
fairy tale similar to Rumpelstiltskin
small troll like creature. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trow_(folklore)
De Danann (Irish)
fairy folk of Ireland. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuatha_D%C3%A9_Danann
fairies of Wales
but kind fairies which live near pools, they would at times seek out
company but their appearance terrified everyone who saw them.
omen of death or an instrument for saving lives.
By the Way
friendly fairy which appears as an old man.
fairy which helps people get to sleep.
version of Rumpelstiltskin
who walk Widder Shins around a sacred place can find themselves trapped
in the fairy realm.
two burial mounds (in one of which an urn was found) near Pier-o-wall,
Westray, known as Wilkie's Knolls'] the Orcadians can give no
information who this Wilkie was. But there is a tradition prevalent
that all the natives of Westray were in the habit of dedicating to him
daily a certain pro- portion of milk. This milk was poured into a hole
in the centre of one of the tumuli. It is also said that if any either
refused or neglected to give him this portion of milk, that their
clothes or other articles which might be exposed, would be stolen ;
that they, and their cattle, would be in danger of being inflicted with
disease, while their houses would be haunted by him. The natives still
seem much afraid for Wilkie's influence, although they no longer
dedicate to him oblations of milk. It is still customary for the
natives to frighten their children to silence by telling them that
"Wilkie's coming." — M.S. Letter by J. Paterson on Orkney
dated 1833, in the Library of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
o the Wisp
strange little hairy fairy (read the fairy tale)
the Celtic Fairies in Fairy Tales,
ch 1 - Origins of the
forests rise like cresting waves up and down the mountain and hill side
before crashing at last into the sea. The stillness of this dark forest
is broken only the sound of a fairies song which could be heard, long
after the forests gave way to farm and fields.
1877 Queen Victoria took a boat out to a small island in center of Loch
Maree and there like hundreds even thousands before her she nailed a
coin into an old tree, a votive offering for the fairy within in return
that her wish might be granted. Nearby sat a pool which was said to
have cured people of lunacy at one time, and a small glade of trees in
which ancient rituals had been performed only a few hundred years
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