Fairy List Encyclopedia
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Germanic Fairy List
nightmare spirit which may rape men or woman in their sleep.
deity of various plants such as turnips, cabbage, flax and peas.
wild hunt http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Hunt
like creatures which have white fur, a long beard and enormous feet.
They tavel through the mountains by sking with their feet or using them
as snowshoes. In the sumer they live in caves and tunnels and don't
come out until winter time. Because they live so high in the mountains
in winter time people rarely ever see them. Though sometimes they will
aid shepherds in rounding up lost sheep, dig people out of avalanches,
or whistle to warn people of avalanches. They also love to surf on
avalanches with their large feet.
name for a banshee like being which cries beneath the windows of those
about to die.
white robed female spirit who oversees weaving and spinning in south
germany. She like Holda often leads the wild hunt as well. She has one
goose or swan foot like many other fairies of that region.
house fairy which specilizes in keeping the cellar clean and in order
and demands some beer in return for this.
for a Sacred Grove of Trees
like beings which scamper over moss and fell and are not exhausted by
climbing steep precipices
followers of Holda who are unique in that they are males who act as
fates, endowing people with magical gifts, a job normally reserved for
hound with pointed ears, those who encountered them knew that someone
they knew was about to dye. Their bark also warned people of coming
spirits, who appear in the furious host in the retinue of former gods,
and continue to lead a life of their own.
(also known as Heinezlmann, Polterkater and Katermann) (German)
known as the boot cat, they were a domestic fairy which lived in
cellars or in trees next to someones house. They bring good luck to a
household so care must be taken of the tree in which they reside or
else luck will leave with them. They can't abide chopping or spinning
on Thursday evenings. In addition to being lucky they help to keep
stables and kitches safe, and aide in the choirs in those areas.
deity of Christmas, Water, Snow and household concerns.
German name for wood wives.
men who live undergorund or in musrooms or at times house hold fairies.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabouter
wood spirit (most likely a form of Scrat) which haunts the Fichtelberg
and is used to frighten children (If you don't clean your room the
Katzenveit will get you). He is rough and hairy looking, wears a red
cap as most fairies do and loves to frolic in the cellars and kitchen.
elf that would poot people to sleep by throwing grains of sand on them.
size fairies which can either live in homes or in mines.
from the last grain harvested which was made into a hare. The spirit
inside this was good and could be brought into the barn to spend the
winter before being brought back out in the spring.
name for the spirit of the corn which was honored in order to insure a
which lead to the dwarves homes wher they live underground in
magnificent chambers, where they forge weapons and all manner of
wonderous items. They will also capture heroes and men and bring them
down, occasionally loading them up with treasure as gifts or keeping
them forever. Dietrich Von Bern for example was fetched away by such a
bad children at Christmas. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus
Folk, Wood Folk, Forest Folk, Wild Folk
in stature though somewhat larger than elves, gray colored beings are
often hairy and clothed in moss. They act as Wood Wives. They helped
out at a mill but were scared away when one of the workers offered them
fairies who are helpful and cheeful by nature, they are very polite.
Though of course they also like to tease people They could also be
dangerous however, for they would drwon people at times.
Spinners of fate, these fairies are the ones who control the world.
Rode Ogen (Netherlands)
boogie man figure who appears in black with fiery red eyes. He can
appear as a seven foot long man or a large dog. The is a cannibalistic
shapeshifter, who can appear naked.
Dutch name for the rye mother.
Larvenshcopper, Preinscheuhen (Germany)
spirit of the grain fields who appears with long black teats, or iron
teats. She kidsnaps children and occasionally tries to succle babies,
but those she does will likely die. Originally she was a little more
socialable and helped make good harvests. She is also some form of
household fairy for she plays tricks on those who have not spun their
distaffs clear on the Twelve Days of Christmas.
famous character is in truth very different from what you think, but to
understand him similar tales with the same being have to be studied.
shaggy wood elf. It is about the size of a child, as light as the wind,
are always male and in some cases can appear as a butterfly. Every
house has a schrezlein and if it is fostered he can being luck, he
rides the cattle to drive them where they need to be and helps prepare
the table. They appear to be wild and rough a bit like fauns, though
they are primarily mentioned as house fairies. Although scrats are
social towards humans they never appear in groups. Jacob Grimm
speculated that their opposite is the wood wives. He also notes that
in the 6th and 7th centuries they must have been worshiped fore
their were trees and temples dedicated to them.
wood sprite who was likely once a higher semi-devine or even divne
being. He lived in sacred trees in the forests of Germany.
folk, a reference to fairy like beings. Such beings live in peace with
humans, occasionally doing services for them such as smith work,
weaving and baking. Many times they will aid men in making newly baked
cakes and bread. They also require human help in somethings. For
example they use human midwives, they also need humans to help them
divide their treasure when there is a dispute. Finally they like to
hold their weddings in human homes.
Swan Maiden (German)
maidens are powerful beings, spirits who lead men to victory but who
can also be made helpless with the theft of their power to return to
spirit of the grain fields who is dreaded by children, for they believe
that she kidnaps children.
weak little fairies which are spoken of as being childlike.
name for wood Wives
spirits of wise women who remained on earth to help people.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witte_Wieven
fairies who live in the forest and can often bring luck to men, while
also trading with them bread for objects that turn into gold.
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