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Faerie Lore of the British Isles

Suzette is a retired teacher who has been writing online for more than 10 years.

What Are Faeries?

Faeries have been popular in the folklore of Europe but especially in the folklore of the British Isles. Really, nowhere but the British Isles have faeries, pixies, brownies and sprites been so popular and so believed for so long. And, faerie folklore made the journey to the New World with the colonization of America. That's why we have Tinkerbell today!

Many scholars differ in the field of faeries and folklore throughout the British Isles, but one thing that has been agreed upon is that the faerie stories and fairy tales are relics of ancient mythology. About this, there is harmony in the understanding of faerie folklore.

It has always been believed that faeries live in their own realm literally and that they live figuratively in the realm about which cluster such delightful memories of the most poetic period of life – childhood – before scepticism takes over innocence.

We all can remember fairy stories from our childhood. If any of the women of today remember, the first step to being a Girl Scout was to become a Brownie, named for the little brownie sprites that inhabited the English households and kept them spotless and in tip-top shape. That was the duty of good Brownie girls - to help mom keep the house clean.

Faeries were around to help the human world and plant a little mischief in it too. Just to make things interesting of course! So faeries have delighted us, entertained us, perplexed us, and generally made life "enchanting" for us from childhood on.

It is known that faeries mostly come out at night and love singing and dancing in wooded areas and glens. The faerie world is magical and mysterious and faeries usually disappear during the day.

Faeries' big night out is midsummer's night which falls around June 21 and on this night quite magical things can happen to those humans in love. They can tease lovers, sprinkle fairy dust over them, drop magic potions in their drinks, and generally cause havoc, and especially on this night. This night is faeries at their merriest.

Faeries have been so much part of the lore of the British Isles, that faeries have shown up in literature as characters of their own. They represented what the British believed at that time in history and have continued to come down in history as enchanting and delightful.

How to See 'Faeries'

Origin of Faeries

Fairy, also fay, fae, from faery, faerie or "realm of the fays," are mythical beings or legendary creatures in British folklore. It is a form of spirit often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural. Sometimes the term can describe any magical creature including goblins or gnomes.

The word fairy/faerie derives from the Middle English faeirie, also fayerye, feirie, fairie and a direct adoption from Old French faerie (Modern French feerie). This word also was derived from late Latin fata (one of the Fates), Italian fata, Protuguese fada, Spanish hada are all of the same origin.

These words refer to the three Fates, or witches, that spin and control the threads of life. Hence, "destiny" or "fate" could be in the hands of faeries.

Much of the folklore about faeries revolves around protection from their malice. Belief in faeries reaches back to ancient times and are traceable in both written and verbal tradition.

They originally were depicted as short wizened trolls or as tall, radiant and angelic beings. As time marched on, modern culture has often depicted them as young, winged humanoids of small stature.

A common theory or theme found among the Celtic nations of the British Isles describes a race of diminutive people who had been driven into hiding by invading humans. The Aos Si were faery folk and are immortals living in the ancient borrows and cairns throughout Britain.

There is evidence that small-structured races populated parts of the British Isles in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages before the spread of the Celts. The Little People, or pygmy's, were said to be the disposed early tribes of the British Isles. They faded away into inhabited places growing smaller and smaller over time until they were finally forgotten and passed into legend.

These elusive fairy races were regarded with suspicion by the larger races. It was believed that faerie and human lovers could marry though with restrictions and if those restrictions were violated, the marriage would end and sometimes the life of the human.

Up until the 13th century, having fairy blood was admired. Since then, many people began endowing faeries with magical characteristics. It was also believed that faeries could resemble humans in size but could decrease themselves to a very small size.

In Ireland, these faeries were known in the Tuatha de Danaan and resided in burrows and shelters burrowed under hills, mounds and cairns. These elusive faerie races were regarded with suspicion by the larger races. They were seen as people of the Goddess Diana who ruled Ireland before the Milasian invasion. They were driven underground where they became the Daoine Sidhe faeries.

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The sidhe, therefore, are the fairy folk in the Tuatha de Danaan and the sithein is the name of any place in which faeries take up residence, such as a cairn, a green rounded mound of earth. The brugh is the word for the inside of a faerie dwelling.

Many of the Irish tales in the Tuatha de Danaan refer to these faerie beings though in ancient times they were regarded as goddesses and gods.

Another theory as to the origin of faeries is that faeries were originally worshiped as minor goddesses such as nymphs or tree spirits. They figure prominently in British pagan belief in druids who employed magic and faeries to do their bidding.

The last theory of the origin of faeries comes from Christian mythology that worked the faerie folklore into acceptable religious beliefs. The faeries came about when the angels revolted and God ordered the gates of heaven shut. Those still in heaven remained angels, those in hell became demons and those caught in between became faeries. Faeries live in a limbo world according to Christianity.

The archaic English term for faeries is fay which means enchanted or bewitched. Although the British Isles remain the foremost place where we get our beliefs and images of faeries, belief in faeries is universal because they are known by various folklore names:

  • brownie (England and Scottish folklore)
  • elf (German)
  • dwarf (Teutonic and Germanic)
  • troll (Norse)
  • gnome (European)
  • pooka (Irish)
  • kobold (German)
  • leprechaun (Irish)
  • banshee (Irish and Celtic)

Faerie lore is believed to exist in every culture but is most prevalent in Europe and the British Isles. There is much evidence of fairy lore in relation to witchcraft.

Margaret A. Murray, a British anthropologist, and other historians state the real "little people" became identified with witches. During the 16th and 17th centuries belief in faeries was at its peak and particularly belief in the activities of faeries and witches combined.

William Shakespeare, in his play, Macbeth, begins his play with the three witches stirring the black cauldron of fate or destiny. They reappear throughout the play several times. The belief during these centuries was that both faeries and witches could cast and break spells and both practiced metamorphosis, flying and levitation and could cause others to levitate.

Even King James I of England had in his library the book, Daemonologie, a book about witches. The book states that Diana was the goddess of witches and also Queen of Faeries. It further states, Oberon, King of the Faeries, was also a demon that could be summoned by magicians.

Faeries figured into witch trails and the trails richest in detains occurred in the British Isles. Faerie lore became particularly prevalent in England, Ireland, Cornwall, (England), Wales, and Scotland.

The Life of Faeries

Faeries are believed to live in a land where time does not exist. It is called the Land of the Ever Young, and this land is eternal and beautiful. Therefore, faeries never grow old and are immortal.

This land is found in the woods, forests, glens, bubbling brooks, rivers and lakes, and most faeries live in small groups here. Faeries rarely come out during the day and prefer to come out at night to frolic and make mischief. They are merriest at night.

Faeries are ready to help innocents and victims of persecution. They make up for a wrong, avenge an offense, and they can also be malicious and vengeful. They can give good and bad luck to humans.

Therefore, it was always prudent to treat faeries with kindness and respect. Faeries love beauty and splendor, grace of movement, music and pleasure, but especially everything that is artistic. At night they come out to dance away the hours of darkness.

Faeries that came out at night could be full of mischief and malice. They pulled pranks on unsuspecting humans by tangling hair, stealing small items or leading a traveler astray.

Humans could do the following to protect themselves from faeries mischief. Getting rid of faeries necessitated having cold iron around as faeries are most afraid of this and will immediately fly away when in the presence of cold iron. Cold iron is like poison to a faerie and it will not go near it.

Humans, wearing their clothes inside out, could scare the faeries away. They cannot conceive of this trick by humans. Keeping the water running constantly drives faeries away, also. Bells, especially church bells, will rid one of faeries.

Placing St. John's wort and four-leaf clovers around the house will protect humans from faeries interfering in their lives.

Celtic folklore tells humans that faeries love any baked goods as a traditional offering.
They love cream and butter and can be found licking the cream crock and butter dish. However, the cock's crow will drive them away.

Rowan and herbs are charms that will bring faeries around if that suits a human's purpose.

Many faeries will confuse travelers on the path but a faerie will never lie. It is suggested that humans avoid the faerie paths on which they travel. Thorn trees are dangerous to chop down as this is a favorite faerie home.

When building a house it is best to line up the front and back doors so faeries can troop through the house all night and not be trapped inside. Many have knocked corners from their houses because they block a faerie path.

Most female faeries are diminutive, delicate, feminine creatures dressed in white or transparent clothing, or sometimes none at all. They usually intervene in human lives with good intentions.

Most faeries have transparent butterfly wings, but that has been more of a modern conception. Originally, faeries did not have wings and it was only during the Victorian age that wings were added in illustrations of faeries.

The Irish leprechaun is a tiny faerie who wears a cocked hat and apron and can be good or bad. Originally, he was dressed all in red and has been dressed all in green only since the 20th century in which he has been closely associated with St. Patrick Day (March 17) celebrations.

The leprechaun always possesses a hidden crock of gold that humans desire to find. He must keep it hidden and does not divulge where it is unless threatened with bodily harm. The pot of gold can usually be found at the end of a rainbow, but finding that end to the rainbow has proved elusive.

Most of the faeries in fairy tales we read today, portray them as serious and sinister. This is how they look in Grimm's fairy tales. The only exceptions are the tooth fairy, the fairy godmother in Cinderella, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Malificent, a recent Disney film, portrays its winged protagonist as sinister and serious. Humans do not want to cross paths with her. This film shows us that faeries and fairy tales are still an important part of our culture and an important way for teaching children our customs and values.

Some faeries create more than a little mischief and are eager to kidnap human women for wives and human children, which are considered more attractive than faerie children, for changelings that they leave behind in exchange.

Throughout the years, faeries have been so prevalent in British belief that they have shown up in many important and highly regarded works of literature.

Faeries in Literature

Many folktales are told of faeries and they appear as characters in many stories from medieval tales of chivalry to Victorian fairy tales and up to the present day in literature. Many faeries have appeared in medieval romances as one of the beings a knight-errant might encounter.

  • Le Mort d'Arthur. In this book by Thomas Malory, Morgan le Fay is a major character whose very name implies a connection with the faerie realm.
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The Green Knight himself is an otherworldly being.
  • The Faerie Queen. Written by Edmund Spenser. Here faeries are mixed with other nymphs and satyrs of the classical tradition. And the Faerie Queen represents Queen Elizabeth I herself in this important literary work.
  • King Arthur legends. Monk John Lydgate wrote that King Arthur was crowned in "the land of the fairy" and taken by four faerie queens to Avalon where he lies under a "faerie hill" until he is needed again.
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream. Written by William Shakespeare, this play is set in the woodland and in the realm of faerie land under the light of the moon. Here we are introduced to Puck, the British Isles' most famous of faeries who is quite the mischief-maker in this play. We also come across the dispute of the King and Queen of Faeries, Oberon and Titania, which also figure into the plot of the play and the actions of the characters.
  • Brother's Grimm. Includes faeries in their first edition fairy tales book. Later, the brothers felt the faeries were not authentically German and removed the language in later editions. They changed the word fee (faerie) in their tales to an enchantress or wise woman.
  • The Lord of the Rings. Written by J.R.R. Tolkien elves and faeries and otherworldly beings are characters who enliven and live in his Middle Earth. His belief in a race of "little people" or a pygmy race is evidenced by his hobbits. This is probably the best use of fantasy characters in a British written work and is considered one of the best by many fans of the trilogy and films.
  • Puck of Pook's Hill. Written by Rudyard Kipling, Puck is the most famous and notorious of faeries. He creates much mischief where ever he goes.
  • Narnia books were written by C.S. Lewis and are also great fantasy works featuring many classical beings as fauns and dryads, hags and giants and other creatures of folklore faerie tradition.
  • The Lilac Fairy Book. Written by Andrew Lang. This book is one of many volumes of the Flower faeries from the Victorian period. These books were popularized by Queen Mary from her interest in faerie art, and British illustrator and poet Cicely Mary Barker's series of eight books published between 1923 and 1948 have added to the faerie lore. The imagery of faeries in literature became prettier and smaller as time progressed.
  • Peter Pan novels by J.M. Barrie (1911) in which the character Tinkerbell, our beloved faerie character, has become a pop-cultural icon and forever associated with Disney Studios.

And, Geoffry Chaucer wrote in the "Wife of Bath's Tale" from his Canterbury Tales:

In olde dayes of the Kyng Arthour
Al was this lond fulfilled of fayrie . . .
I speke of many hundrid yer ago;
But now can no man see non elves mo.

Joseph Jacobs 1854-1916

To really enjoy fairy tales one must travel back in time to an era before radio, television or the Internet when families would gather around a crackling fire and grandma or grandpa would delight and captivate the listeners with stories that had been passed on from time immemorial.

This is how fairy tales and folk tales were originally passed on by the telling of them to children. But, then, men decided to collect these tales and combine them into books to preserve the tales which taught the culture and customs of a country or a people.

England was no different. In fact, just in time, before they were completely forgotten, a man took the time to collect the fairy tales and lore of England. He felt that English children were reading fairy tales that were German or Danish thanks to the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson.

Joseph Jacobs is best known as England's "father of fairy tales" He gave the world his version of its best known and most representative folktales in a form suited to children.

He looked at the fairy tale world as one of enchantment and included fairies such as Puck/Robin Goodfellow in his stories. He worked to preserve the verbal voice of the stories that were originally handed down by word of mouth from generation to generation. He strongly felt that this is the way the tales should be told to children.

He collected English tales and gave the world his versions of the best known and most representative folk stories in a form suited for children while remaining true to the essential core of the original versions.

Ironically, Jacobs was not English but Australian, originally being born there in 1854. He left Australia for England after his first year of university in Australia to study at Cambridge in England.

He then went on to do research and during the 1880's he published Studies in Jewish Statistics Vital and Anthropomorphic (1891). After publishing this treatise he became interested in folklore.

Jacobs was a fine and witty author and very fond of creating pithy sayings. "When the wine's in, the wit's out" and "Penny wise, pound foolish?" are two examples of his sayings or proverbs he originated. Of proverbs themselves he wrote, "The wisdom of many, the wit of one, recognizes the truth."

He joined the English Folk-Lore Society in 1878 and by 1889 had joined the Society's Council. He wrote several articles for their journal as well as co-editing the papers from the 1891 International Congress on Folk-Lore. He knew quite well Andrew Lang as a member of the society and also a fairy tale writer during the Victorian Age.

Jacobs spent ten years collecting from storytellers or printed sources the fairy tales that were first published in two volumes in 1890 and 1894. Jacobs was a cheerful man, with wit, humor and a down-to-earth attitude towards fairy tales. He regarded them as "essentially colloquial," rather than romantic.

He deliberately directed his tales to young listeners and he tried them out on his own three children. He believed fairy tales were stories in which something "fairy" something extra-ordinary - fairies, giants, dwarfs, or speaking animals are characters in the story. They were supposed to enchant and charm their young audiences.

As he collected his English tales he sometimes would edit or change the tales by deleting whole incidents, giving another turn to the tale or finishing one that was incomplete. He wanted "English children to have access to English fairy tales because they were chiefly reading French and German tales." (James Jacobs)

He published five collections of fairy tales between 1890 and 1912:

  • English Fairy Tales
  • More English Fairy Tales
  • Celtic Fairy Tales
  • More Celtic Fairy Tales
  • European Folk and Fairy Tales

Jacobs fairy tale and folklore books answered the basic question, "What is Englishness?" And he answered the question of English customs and culture with these five books. Some of his English tales he included in his English Fairy Tales are:

  • Tom Tit Tot
  • Henny Penny
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • How Jack Went to Seek His Fortune
  • The Rose Tree
  • Mr. Vinegar
  • Nix Nought Nothing
  • Binnorie
  • Cap o' Rushes
  • Goldilocks

His Celtic tales included stories and lore from Ireland, Scotland and Wales as he also concentrated on tales from all over the British Isles once he had published his English fairy tales.

His significance as an author and writer is "the person most responsible for having preserved the body of British folk tales." Jacobs became a worthy successor to the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, although not as well known.

Jacobs has preserved traditional tales in a manner that made them readable and enjoyable for generations of children. He then moved to America where he was heralded for these fairy tale works and collections. He died In the U.S. in 1916.

Sources and Further Reading

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 31, 2019:

Greetings my little Darklings.

The High Priestess of Avalonia is a reality, but many lay claim.

Nurturer, healer and Divinity.

Sweet dreams.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 26, 2019:

There be the FAE at the bottom of my garden.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on July 27, 2019:

When the dew is on the meadow and the moon is in the sky, you can hear the lonely piper playing on the pipes nearby.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on July 16, 2019:

Merrie we meet.

Many blessings to all kindred spirits.

Limpet. on April 09, 2019:

Merrie we meet.

It is just a 'hop, skip and jump' into Easter.

One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns.


Gadfly from Olde London Towne on April 08, 2019:

Greetings my little Darklings.

The month of May celebrates the coming of Spring heralding in renewal or regeneration. A tyme honoured tradition in Merrie olde England is the crowning of the May Queene who is garbed all in white. Dances are performed around the May pole (phallic symbol) colourfull ribbons being interwoven to form an awning.

Sweet dreams.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on April 02, 2019:

Merrie we meet.

The month of April takes a name deriving from the Latin - 'to open' pertaining to the opening of Spring. May however was the feminine deity that (figuratively speaking) actually opened the change in seasons.


Pookie the scamp. on January 25, 2019:

Being 'Burn's night', it only fair we recognise the Scottish kelpie and tattybogle.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on January 24, 2019:

Merrie we meet.

Here in 'merrie olde England' those who are sympathetic to the 'fae' make tiny doorways in hollow tree trunks for the 'fae' to shelter. They can be found country wide.


Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on January 23, 2019:

Lol! Yes, a blizzard descended on us in Taos, NM. The Taos Ski Valley is a merriment of snow magic right now!

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 29, 2018:

Merrie we meet.

A blizzard to descend on us imminetley.

Sweet dreams.

Pookie the scamp. on December 27, 2018:

Alas ! No snowfall but brilliant sunshine for our festive season.

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on December 22, 2018:

But for only the actual day itself.


Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 21, 2018:

Merrie we meet.

T'would be nice for a snowfall to cap the day off !


Gadfly from Olde London Towne on December 21, 2018:


Today in 'olde London towne' marks the winter solstice or shortest hours of daylight.

Be very afraid.

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on December 05, 2018:

Greetings my little Darklings.

High on the hill top the 'olde' kinsman sits.

He's so 'olde' and grey he's nearly lost his wits.

With a bridge of white mist Columbkill he crosses.

On his stately journey from Staveleague to Rosses.

On going up with musi on cold starry nights.

To sup with the 'Queene' under the Northern lights.

Gilbert Arevalo from Hacienda Heights, California on June 30, 2018:

Suzette, what a wonderful reference to check up on for fairy folklore. You provided wonderful examples and excellent illustrations. I recommend your article for its tremendous research and entertainment value.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on June 29, 2018:

Limpet: Thanks! You are my English folklore go to!

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on June 21, 2018:

Merrie we meet.

Wyche = witch in Olde English.


the Limpet

suzettenaples on June 20, 2018:

Hello Limpet; I will check out the Woolley Hole. Never heard of this. And I don’t know what a ‘wyche’ is. I have to brush up in my English lore. Hope all is well with you. Ok from this end.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on June 20, 2018:

Merrie we meet.

Would be fair to say that some entity should inhabit mines and caves.

The Wookey Hole located in the Cheddar Gorge of Somerset's Mendip Hills has a unique rock formation in the resemblance of a 'wyche'.


the Limpet.

Gadfly on April 28, 2018:

I recall faerie folk in Cornwall known as 'knockers' (not an obscene word) inhabiting the tin mines. Others left out of the article; the goblins / hobgoblins. And sprites too.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on April 26, 2018:

LOL! You are forgiven!

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on April 25, 2018:

On my post of 19 months ago an error occurred ; For faerie palance, it should be 'parlance'.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on April 01, 2017:

Merrie we meet

There are no Fae in the bottom of my garden.

Several weeks ago a London council sent their

'bogies' to wantonly uproot all of the shrubery

out of the ground. Then they sent gardeners to

plant privett (for hedges) and aloe vera (a cacti),

what a combination and meanwhile the wayside

litter accumulates.


the Limpet

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on October 04, 2016:

okay, limpet. I am not sure how to respond. lol!

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 27, 2016:

Although dogs in the Chilterns area of natural beauty are generaly well behaved when their owners take them out, i would summise that the fae avoid them.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on September 26, 2016:

limpet: merrie we meet. I love to venture into nature. I recently was drawn or called to Taos Mountain and I climbed to approximately 11,000 feet to see Lake Williams. So beautiful and serene and a lovely green color from the pine trees reflecting in the lake. Yes, this is preserved for all to witness and enjoy. And, I wouldn't be surprise if a faerie or two jumped among the grass and wildflowers. The fae sometimes know what is really best for us. I so enjoyed the English fae culture and stories.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 26, 2016:

For 'palance' read parlance.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 26, 2016:

merrie we meet

Once more i ventured into the woodland, what i deem to be the 'ethereal realm' (there are other realms as well). For all the destruction of our biosphere on the planet (not faerie palance) there are concerned folk trying to give something back to nature and may the fae frolic about.


Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on August 23, 2015:

Ian: I love to hear your musings. I do believe in spiritualism also. It is a shame that we have taken over nature and seem to not value it.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on August 12, 2015:

Yesterday i journeyed out of Olde London towne, not far. just to the end of the Metropolitan train line and within minute happened to find myself in the densest of woodland imaginable. I didn't observe any 'fae' however i got the feeling that the natural environs are inhabited by a non human spiritual something. As i realised the conglomeration of highway dystopia i'd seen minutes before hand i visioned how long would it take for nature to heal itself if we were not here!

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on August 11, 2015:

limpet: lol!

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on August 11, 2015:

limpet: Thanks so much for your interesting info. You are a wealth of knowledge and trivia about your homeland. I did not know that about Admiral Lord Nelson. I have read about him - I may have read a bio many years ago,but the Manxmen are news to me. How interesting. And, I didn't know that about the Shetland Islands, but I do remember knowing about Shetland ponies, so this makes sense.You should turn your knowledge into hubs - I would certainly read them!

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on August 06, 2015:

Best of luck! Gadfly.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on July 28, 2015:

A little more than two centuries ago, it was Admiral Lord Nelson who sought Manxmen (inhabitants from the Isle of Mann) as crews for his fleet as they were of slight build and could easily move about in the crowded gun decks. The Shetland Islands, further to the north have animals mainly horses and dogs that are miniature versions of their species.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 27, 2015:

limpet: It's always about money, isn't it?

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on July 03, 2015:

meerie we meet

With reference to my last posting i have re traced my steps to the spot whence the 'fae wings' are located. Alas! On investigation turns out to be meerly a marketing ploy of one of this country's most prestigious emporiums, very cleverly produced but simply in the name of commercialism.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 01, 2015:

limpet: We meet again! I love to hear from you about the faerie lore of England. It is so quaint and charming. You always leave me wanting more information, too. When are you going to write some hubs? Especially, write some about the faerie lore in your country. I would love too read it.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 01, 2015:

Hi Essie: I have always loved the fairy lore especially of the British Isles. It is quaint and charming. I found the video quite interesting also. I always thought it was fun and interesting that Walt Disney picked up on it with the creation of Tinker Bell. Thanks for your visit and interest.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on June 30, 2015:

Noticed a revival in the interest of 'the fae' recently. Why i was only crossing the Thames this morning on a perfect summer day when i espied on a wall an imprint of two fairies' wings and a comment that i've forgotten. More to follow!

Essie from Southern California on June 29, 2015:

Thank you for such an informative Hub. Years ago, I had started a short story that included fairies and elves. I need to pull it out and finish it. It was good to read this and have a better understanding of them.

I thought the video was interesting, and I enjoyed your photos and book listings. A gathering of useful info. Take care. Essie

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on February 15, 2015:

Many blessings to you too, limpet and thanks for the Piskies' lesson!

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on February 15, 2015:

limpet: I am aware of Pixies and now I know another term for them thanks to you. I love pixies as much as faeries and brownies. Thank you for the tutorial on the gaelic languages and dialects. I think the British Isles should remain as a union. I thought it foolish for Scotland to want to leave the union, but then I am not a Scottish citizen, thought I am a bit Scottish in my heritage. I do hope to visit Scotland one day as well as the entire British Isles. Glad I know someone in England!

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 11, 2015:

And regarding The Piskies, in Bretagne the are referred to there as 'Les Corree'.

Many blessings to all kindred spirits

the limpet

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 11, 2015:

Merrie we meet

The Piskies are the local term for the Pixies. I never knew that until my first visit to the west country. Cornwall is most assuredly an integral part of the United Kingdom. There are five regions in North West Europe where the inhabitants spoke the 'Gaelic' language: Eirie (Ireland) Scotland (especially in the northern part) Wales, Cornwall and Bretange (Brittany). Ireland has been a republic for decades. Scotland has just had a referendum to remain in the union. Wales is a separate country but remains in the union. Cornwall is officially a Duchy within England and Bretagne would prefer to separate from France in the context of Texas suceeding from U.S.A. Regarding Gaelic though the Cornish and Breton fisherman can communicate when they meet at sea. Scots and Welsh can understand each other but the Welsh and Irish can't understand a word each other says, same language - different dialect.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on February 10, 2015:

limpet: and this message is code for what exactly? What are piskies? I know where Cornwall is - do they want to separate from England? LOL! Oh dear, I think I need a visit from a fairy to figure out this comment. Thanks for another interesting and creative comment.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on January 31, 2015:

Merrie we meet

Graffiti on a Dean Street wall in London's Soho district;



Many blessings to all kindred spirits

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on December 30, 2014:

limpet: Good to hear from you - I have missed you. I am always respectful of faeries and so far I have not crossed them so I am pleased that they will not frighten me. They are too wonderful to have around to want to cross them. Lol! Thanks for the reminder.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 30, 2014:

merrie we meet.

Deep in the hinterland away from the dystopic 'grind' of life's routine lies an enchanted realm of an otherworld. There is the domain of the faerie folk, who are capable of being mischievous, they have a moribond sense of humour yet allow for self circumspection.

If you happen to be disrespectful to one of the Fae they have the power to frighten the wits out of you!

many blessings to all kindred spirits.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on November 18, 2014:

Alastar: So nice to 'see' you again. Glad you are back at HP. Thanks for telling me of the book 'Supernatural.' I will have to check it out. I love faerie lore and would so enjoy reading it. I would love to meet a faerie one day. That is so interesting how they enter our dimension. I am so pleased you enjoyed reading this and for your input. Much appreciated.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on November 17, 2014:

You've covered the subject of Faerie lore quite well here, Suzette. Lots o knew enjoyable info. According to best-selling author Graham Hancock in his book Supernatural the faeries build up speed in their circle dances to cross over inter-dimensionally. I used to think of them as simply myth and lore but after some deep study you won't find me laughing anymore. And btw, I'm back on board with you -- 600 even you've got now in followers!

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on October 22, 2014:

Pollyanna Jones: Thank you so much for your comments and I am glad you enjoyed reading this. I love the faerie lore of the British Isles and I never cease enjoying to read about it. There is something magical about it. Thanks so much for your visit. Most appreciated.

Pollyanna Jones from United Kingdom on October 22, 2014:

What a terrific piece! You've covered so much ground in your article. It's very thorough, but still pleasant to read. I enjoyed it greatly.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on October 21, 2014:

Paula: I see you are from Cleveland. I am just down the road in the Akron area. I love faerie lore and anything to do with Celts and Celtic history. I will have to check out your Celtic Lore board on Pinterest. I am so glad you enjoyed this and thanks so much for your visit.

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on October 21, 2014:

Lovely. Always like to read about fairies. :) Pinning to my Celtic Lore board.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on August 26, 2014:

DDE: Thank you and I am pleased you enjoyed this hub. I especially love the stories and fairy tales of England. I think "fairy hunting" is a pastime I would love. LOL!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 25, 2014:

Amazing about fairy tales its origins and another well-researched hub from you.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on August 05, 2014:

cheeluarv, thank you so much for your kind comments. This was fun to write about and I find this an enchanting topic to write about. Thanks so much for your visit.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on August 05, 2014:

Miss Muse: So glad you enjoyed reading this. I just think fairies are such an enchanting topic to write about. Thanks so much for your visit.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on August 05, 2014:

Kara, thank you so much for your kind comments. I have loved fairies and fairy stories since I was a child. Even today, I will read a fairy story I haven't before. This lore is so interesting and such a part of our childhoods. Thanks for your visit.

cheeluarv from INDIA on August 05, 2014:

Very interesting hub with detailed facts on Fairies. Fairies and fairy tales are one my favorite topics. It was a great pleasure to read about them with apt pictures and videos. Very enjoyable read thanks for posting such a great hub.Thumbs up.

Christine Rogers from Ohio on August 04, 2014:

Great Hub, I always did want to know more about fairies :)

Kara Skinner from Maine on August 04, 2014:

This is an awesome read. I love all of the research and facts in here. Faeries have always interested me and it's cool to learn some new facts about them. Thanks for the hub.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on August 04, 2014:

Kevin, thank you so much for reading and for your input. I really enjoyed the Antiques video too. It was interesting to see the one woman's daughter and how much she believed in the last photo being real. Even her daughter felt the same way. I found that fascinating. I guess sometimes we want to believe in the magic, and I guess if you do you might really see them. LOL! I am so pleased you enjoyed reading this and thank you again for your visit.

The Examiner-1 on August 03, 2014:

That was amazing Suzette. I have never been in the British Isles, well once when I was 7, so I doubt if I have seen any. It was sure interesting to read and the Antiques video was entertaining as I watched that. I voted it up, shared and pinned it.


Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on August 03, 2014:

linda: I am glad you enjoyed reading this. I don't believe in fairies either, but it is fun to remember the days of childhood when I did. What I found amazing is there is evidence of races of 'small people' or a pygmy race of people in the British Isles which explains where these ideas for fairies came from. That I find very interesting. Thanks for your input.

mylindaelliott from Louisiana on August 02, 2014:

Beautiful idea, I don't believe in fairies. But it sounds lovely.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on August 02, 2014:

Anna: Thank you so much fore reading this article and for your comments. Most appreciated. This was fun to write and I think as kids we all had a 'fairy and fairy tale' stage we went through. It was fun to believe in this stuff when we were small. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Anna Haven from Scotland on August 02, 2014:

I had to read about the fairies, a really interesting and off course magical topic!

A pleasure to read, and your obviously comprehensive research shows in the quality of your article.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on August 01, 2014:

Chitrangada: Thank you so much for reading this and I am pleased you enjoyed it. Yes, a lot of research was involved, but it was quite interesting to do this. Thanks for your interest!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 01, 2014:

Great hub with so much interesting information, as always!

It looks you have done lot of research on this topic and the result is just wonderful. I still love Fairy tales.

Thanks for sharing and voted up!

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 31, 2014:

pongogirl: I am so happy this will be helpful to a story your are writing. Please by all means let me know when the story is finished so I can read it. I love stories about faeries or with faeries in them as characters. Thanks so much for reading this and I am pleased you enjoyed it and found it helpful.

Jasmine Pena from California, USA on July 31, 2014:

such a great and interesting hub article, thanks for posting it, this will really help me with my story.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 31, 2014:

Eddy: Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comments. I just love the faerie lore, especially on the British Isles.

Eiddwen from Wales on July 31, 2014:

Only one word needed here Suzette and that is 'brilliant'. This hub has to be ne of your best and voted up for sure.


Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 31, 2014:

Hi Jo: So glad you enjoyed reading this. I find faeries a delightful part of the English culture and customs and there is such rich history and lore of this. This was fun to write.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 31, 2014:

Nadine: I read your great hubs about building your faerie garden and I loved them and I love your garden. Your photos are great. We all need a little of the magical and whimsical in our lives. You are so right, what we can imagine we can make real. Thanks so much for reading this and I'm so pleased you enjoyed it.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 31, 2014:

travmaj: This was so fun to write and I am so pleased you enjoyed it so much. I remember as a child 'playing pretend' and being a fairy. LOL! You must resurrect your poem and publish it here on HP. We would all love to read it. Seven years old is such a precious time in childhood. I bet you were such a believer at that age. It is hard to give up those precious beliefs as we age and there could be fairies at the bottom of your garden! If only you look for them. LOL!

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 31, 2014:

Hi fpher: This was fun to write and I hope it is entertaining. So glad you enjoyed reading this. I think we have all 'been Tinker Bell' at one time or another. She is such an enchanting character and fairy. I know I went through a magical fairy period. LOL! Thanks so much for stopping by to read this and found it interesting.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 31, 2014:

Hi Nell, I would love to see that fairy collection! Do they come alive at night? LOL My sister had a collection of fairies when her kids were young and that's what she would tell them. Her youngest was always up in the middle of the night trying to see the 'live fairies' and she had a hard time keeping him in bed because of it. LOL! Yes, I do find these races of 'little people' interesting because they have proved to be real. I think that is where Tolkein's idea of hobbits came from. That they show up in literature means they were important to the culture and customs of England. So glad you enjoyed this, Nell.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 31, 2014:

Homeplace: That is why the mystical is so interesting for us. It is always a mystery. Faeries will always be mystical and mysterious. You just have to believe. LOL! This was fun to write and I hope fun for you to read.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 31, 2014:

Hi Jamie: I am so glad you read this and enjoyed it. I think your daughter will too. I'd love to hear about her feedback on this. I think we have all believed in faeries when we were young.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on July 31, 2014:

Suzette, this is informative and so enchanting, I guess we all believe in fairies to a greater or lesser degree or want to.

As always, exceptional.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on July 31, 2014:

I loved your delightful post on fairies and have even build a fairy garden in our back garden. For me they are nature spirits who can shapeshift into any shape or form depending on the imagination of the observer. What we can imagine we can make real. Loved both videos. Well done. Awesome.

travmaj from australia on July 30, 2014:

I still love fairy stories and am fascinated by the origin and legends. It took me back many years as a precocious 7 year old, on stage in performance mode - my speciality was a poem - 'There are Fairies at the Bottom of our Garden' I recited with gusto. I had to google the poem to recall the satisfying. (sigh) The point is I really did believe what I was saying. Maybe I still do. Thank you, great hub and images.

Suzie from Carson City on July 30, 2014:

Suzette......Absolutely awesome! It is very apparent you put so much into this.....research, your heart and soul......this fabulous hub deserves a standing ovation, girl!

I can remember way way back in time, when I drove my poor mother crazy......insisting I was exactly like "Tinker Bell" was all I cared about and talked about. Trust me, as far as I was concerned....I WAS A MAGICAL FAIRY!! PERIOD! LOL.....UP +++ googled and tweeted

Nell Rose from England on July 30, 2014:

I am fairy mad suzette, I have a collection of porcelain fairies in my bedroom, and a few sitting on my window ledge too! You never know, maybe there really is fairy blood in people, I remember reading about homo floresiensis, the little people on the island of flores, they proved they were real! voted up! nell

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on July 30, 2014:

I am always fascinated by these stories. The mystical is still a mystery, to me, however. Thanks for sharing... I'll keep trying to understand! ;-)

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on July 30, 2014:

My daughter Hannah loves fairies. I think it started with the Tinkerbell movies (which are pretty good!) But she believes, I will be sharing this hub with her to get her opinion. (Granted she is only three and turning four next week, but her belief is strong.) I hope all is well. Jamie

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 30, 2014:

Hi Kim: Yes, fireflies certainly can be connected with faeries. I remember catching them as a child and pretending I was catching faeries. They do go along with faerie lore. I am so glad you enjoyed this as it was fun to write. Thanks for your compliments but your writing is so good also. I certainly am not as prolific at writing poems as you are. Your poetry is beautiful and meaningful. So are all of you hubs. I am always delighted at the topics you choose to write about and think, "why didn't I think of that?" Thanks so much for the votes and share. Take care,, Hugs, Suzette.

ocfireflies from North Carolina on July 30, 2014:


I often hear how if one wants an audience, she must produce "green" hubs, but this is beyond greed, this hub is gold. I feel like I am a broken record, yet your work is simply exquisite and consistently wonderful. I LOVE THIS HUB! Most natural for a lightening bug fanatic for there is that shared sense of mystery. I have speculated that perhaps lightening bugs/fireflies could have at one time served as an inspiration for these small sprites of light. Probably goes without saying, but thumbs up and shared. Just Absolutely Awesome.

Thank You,


Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 30, 2014:

Hi Mike - I sure did have fun writing this. I am so glad you enjoyed reading it. Yes, Disney was a genius and knew what children and adults for that matter enjoyed and were enchanted by. Thanks so much for stopping by to read this.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 30, 2014:

Hi Faith: I am so glad you enjoyed reading this. Faeries are so much fun to write about. It does remind us of our childhoods.

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 30, 2014:

Jackie: I know, I love faeries and faerie lore also. It is so fun. I am so pleased you enjoyed this.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on July 29, 2014:

Hello suzettenaples, I sense you had so much fun gathering information for this hub. The subject matter is so universal to the English speaking world. We all have flights of fantasies and thanks to Walt Disney, we all know Tinker Bell. This is a treasure.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on July 29, 2014:

Loved learning about the origin of fairies. I was not surprised that you were able to include Celts in this hub too. Interesting and delightful read. The videos are fascinating too.

You put a lot of work into this comprehensive hub on fairies.

Up and more and away

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 29, 2014:

I have been amazed by fairies ever since Peter Pan and still watch every cartoon movie I see about them. Impressive info and enjoyable read. ^

Suzette Walker (author) from Taos, NM on July 29, 2014:

Alicia: So glad you enjoyed reading this and found it informative. I appreciate your comments.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 29, 2014:

This hub is full of very interesting details about faeries! Thanks for all the research and for an enjoyable article.

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