What are they?
The Fae, the wee folk, the fair folk, Seelie and Unseelie, the Sidhe.
These are just a few names for what we more commonly call Fairies. There are many different types of fairy, with different abilities and purposes across the world. Some are good, some are bad, but they are nearly always mischievous creatures who like to play tricks on humans.
The most popular image used of Fairies is the small, pixie like creature with wings – think Tinkerbell. But Fairies come in all shapes and sizes and not all of them are beautiful.
Many theories have been posed over what fairies actually are. Some believe they are elemental beings who take care of the natural world. Others believe that they are fallen angels or even demons. What do you think?
Where can they be found?
They are particularly prominent in European folklore including Scotland, Ireland and Germany. Leprechauns, goblins, gnomes, brownies and even banshees are said to be part of the Fae world. Celtic mythology is filled with tales of the Fae folk.
Always close to nature, there are many sites in Ireland said to be entrances to the fairy world. Have you ever seen a fairy?
What powers do they have?
What powers don’t they have? Some can bestow luck, some can produce glamours (magical disguises) some can heal, some can turn invisible. The list is endless. However, most of the time their magic comes with a price to the recipient, one they may not want to pay!
Where can you read more about them?
If you are a fan of the Fae or you want to learn more about them, be sure to check out Bloodlines: The Dark Fae Chronicles by S. K. Gregory, Dead Silence by K.G. Reuss and Iron and Wine: The Iron World Series by Candace Osmond. All three books are part of the Cursed Lands boxed set. You can pre-order the set today for only 99c.
About the Author:
S. K. Gregory is an author, editor and blogger. She currently resides in Northern Ireland.
“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”