The Origin and Lore of Fairies and Fairy Land

The Origin and Lore Of Fairies and Fairy Land

Eric Edwards Collected Works

“Fairies were real once…”’ the lore of Fairies and Fairy Land

 

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Spirit of the Night. Atkinson Grimshaw

Introduction

Etymology

Characteristics

Classification

Origins

Earlier Deities and Populations

Nature, Folklore and Fairy Tales

Fairies, Ancestors and the Dead

Fairyland

References and Sources Consulted

 

Introduction

The term ‘fairy’ is used to loosely describe a type of legendary or mythical being of romance and folklore. These unsubstantial creatures are often of diminutive size (Edwards, 1974). As spiritual entities fairies are considered to be supernatural, preternatural or metaphysical beings in possession off unbounded magical powers. In European folklore and fairy tales they are described as typically invisible or non-substantial spirits who live on earth in proximity to, or in association with mortal human beings. Fairies are presumed to possess knowledge of hidden natural powers which therefore “…corresponds with their power of making time appear long or short to those mortals who are…

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