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Fae Dictionary Part 1 – Celtic Fae
There are very many types of faeries in the world, some kind some not so kind. Some are beautiful and some are ugly as sin. This dictionary
shows the types of faeries that are really out there, and tells the real
name, where to find them, when to look for them etc. Not all faeries
are listed here.
Land of Origin: Netherlands
Other Names: Ottermaaner
Appearance and Temperament: Alvens have very light bodies… so light in
fact that it is almost imosible to see them, the look so invisible. They
do not have wings but they can travel through the air by becoming
incased in a water bubble.
Time most active: At night
Where to find them: In the River Elbe, an easy journey on the inner plane.
How to Contact them: Look for them in Faeryland and try approaching them
as a friend, someone who also loves the moon and nature.
Land of Origin: Brittany
Other Names: Death, the Grim Reaper and Father Time.
Element: The Ankou is part of all the elements including the fifth element, spirit.
Appearance, Temperament: He is a male, dark and rather Dickensian with his blak robed costume pulled high over his head.
Time most active: All year
Where to find him: Unknown
How to contact: NOT ADVISED!!!!!
Land of Origin: Ireland
Other Names: Bogles, Peat Faeries, Mudbogs, Bor-a-boos, Boggies.
Appearance and Temperament: Ballybogs are mud covered creatures of very
small size. Their bodies are almost completely round, with their heads
rising from their bulbous bodies without benefit of necks. They have
spindly arms and legs which look too thin and baneful, but are usually
said to be so stupid that it is hard to determine their temperament.
They speak no language and grunt and slobber instead of speaking.
Time most active: All year
Where to find them: At peat bogs or mud holes.
How to Contact: Ask them to manifest in the physical.
Land of Origin: Greece
Other Names: Cockatrice
Appearance and Temperment: The Basilisk has the body and the head of a
huge golden snake, but on its head sits a read comb like that of a
rooster. It also has two arms which it uses to increase the speed of its
slithering and to hold the front half of itself upright. It is highly
poisonous and is reputed to hate humans.
Time most active: All year
Where to Find them: Faeryland
How to Contact: Unknown. If you happen to run into one in Faeryland, immediate retreat is advised.
Land of Origin: Ireland
Other Names: Water Woman, Weisse Frau.
Appearance and Temperment: This faery is very protective of children and
a kiss from her renders a child almost indestructible. She has also
been known to give directions to lost travellers. She will however,
drown those who displease her or who hurt and abuse children. In England
she is called Jenny Greentooth or the Greentooth Woman, which has
become a generic name for these types of drowning faeries in
English-speaking countries. Her name “Bean Fionn” literally means “white
woman” is a watery female faery in a white gown who lives beneath lakes
and streams and reaches up to drag under and drown children at play or
in the water.
Time Most Active: All year.
Lore: She may have been created by parents who wish to warn their
children away from dangerous lakes and rivers. An English nursery rhyme
echoes the sentiments of these worried parents:
“Mother, may I go out for a swim?
Yes, my dearest daughter.
Hang your clothes on a rowan limb,
and don’t go near the water.”
Where to find her: Possibly in dark lakeswhere drownings have repeatedly occurred.
How to Contact: There is probably no way to contact her because she may
no exist except in the most rudimentary astral form. Contact is probably
not a good idea anyway.
Land Of Origin: Scotland
Other Names: Hobgoblins, Goblins, Goblins, the Boogey Man, Boogies, Padfoot, Boggans, Hobbers, Gobs, and Blobs.
Appearance and Temperament: This faery is a male dwarf with a squat and
distorted form. He is a cousin of the friendly house Brownie, but his
intentions are very different. Whereas a Brownie will adopt a home for
the joy of offering his help and mutual support, a Boggart will adopt a
house just for the sheer delight of destroying things. They are very
ill-tempered and greedy.
Lore: In northern England
the Boggart is known as a Padfoot or Hobgoblin and enjoys frightening
travellers and disrupting households. He is also thought to be poisoness
to the touch. The following poem by Mark Shapiro entitled The Wee
Little Hobgoblin typiefies some of the havoc they can wreak on a happy
“One wee little Hobgoblin All dressed up in red was spying on a farmhouse
with mischief in his head.
“This place” said the hobgoblin
“It could be lots of fun. Everything’s so clean and tidy and begging to be undone.”
So the wee little Hobgoblin, He went to work with glee He let the cattle out the gate and set the piglets free.
He spilled some milk in the kitchen, and overturned the butterchurn.
He yanked the laundry off the line and caused the soup to burn.
He pinched the baby, and scared the cat and had the mostes fun.
And when the spree was over
He said “That’s a job well done.”
Time most Active: At night
Where to find them: Unknown, unless one has invaded your home. If you
want to see one, then let your deep mind take you to an infested house
in the astral world. Just make sure he doesn’t follow you home!
How to Contact: CONTACT IS NOT ADVISED!
Land of Origin: Scotland
Other Names: The Blue Hag, Black Annis, and the Stone Woman.
Appearance and Temperament: This faery is one of a kind. She is an old
woman who walks by night carrying her walking stick, her carrion crow on
her left shoulder. However, her reputation as dangerous and
ill-tempered may be a mistaken one. It is possible that this fear of her
was created by the early Scottish churchmen seeking to eradicate the
vestiges of the Old Religion by demonizing its Crone mythology.
Time most Active: At night.
Where to find her: In Scotland Highlands, or near the western sea in Faeryland. The best time to look for her is during the waning moon.
How to Contact: Do not fear her, but do use caution. Try making an
evocation to her with the same respect and reverence you would give to
the Goddess in her guise as Crone. She is most likely a Goddess, merely
one in a devalued state.
Land Of Origin: China
Appearance and Temperment: No one has ever seen a Chi Spirit as they are pure energy and have no physical confines.
Time most active: All year.
Where to find them: Unknown. While the Chinese think of this energy as a
faery, Chi Spirits may be no more than psychic vibrations which always
surround us and are part of everything.
How to Contact: Invite them into your home in a ritual you design just to bring them in.
Land of Origin: Northern Mexico.
Other Names: Not known
Appearance and Temperament: This faery has almost become a generic term
for “monster” among Mexicans and American Hispanics. If the Cucui had a
characteristic look, it has long been lost to us. He is not friendly nor
is he considered safe to be around.
Time most active: All year
Where to find them: Unknown
How to contact: Not advised!
Land of Origin: France
Other Names: They are called Dracae in England, where they are less well-known.
Appetence and Temperament: In their natural state Dracs appear as great
floating purple blobs in the surface of the water. But more often they
are seen in the form of a golden chalice or in a female humanoid form.
They are dangerous to approach.
Time most active: All year
Where to Find them: In the waters of France. In Faeryland, search for them by the western sea.
How to Contact: If you really want to meet one, try making a call to one
while in Faeryland at the western sea or other body of water. It is
best not to go close enough for one to touch you.
Land of Origin: England
Appearance and Temperament: Drakes have never been seen by human’s eyes,
but they have been smelled. They are benevolent house spirits who bless
your hearth and multiply and keep your firewood dry in exchange for
living in your home.
Time most active: From nightfall until just past dawn.
Where to find them: In wood piles at hearthside and in deep woods with very old trees. They prefer rural areas.
How to contact: Invite them to your hearth and they will probably come.
Leave food and provide warmth and respect to keep them. If you don’t
have a fireplace in your home, then provide one for yourself and them in
your astral home.
Land of Origin: World Wide
Element: Usually Earth.
Appearance and Temperament: Elves dress differently depending on what
land they come from, but are all small and chubby. Mostly they are kind
and beneficial to humans; a very few types are actually dangerous. As a
general rule, trooping Elves are good and solitary Eves and bad.
Time most active: Usually at night.
Lore: The following nursery rhyme tells of a group of spinning
mice/elves and the cat who tries to trick them into becoming her supper:
Six little mice sat down to spin
Pussy passed by, and she peeped in
“what are you doing my little men?”
“Weaving coats for gentlemen.”
“Shall I come in and cut off your threads?”
“oh no Mistress Pussy, you’d bit off our heads!”
“Of course I shall not, But I’ll help you spin.”
“That you say, but you can’t come in.”
Where to find them: In fields, homes, woodlands, and all over Faeryland.
How to Contact: Invite them to your circler home leave food and milk out for them, and lock up the cat!
Land of Origin: Switzerland
Other Names: Duckfoots is a slang term for them. The males are called Hardmandlene, and the females are called Erdbiberli.
Aine – She is the Bright Faerie goddess, sister to Fennine, daughter to
Egogaba a king of the Tuatha de Danann. A Goddess of the Moon, she is
also associated with meadowsweet, swans, horses and fire. Probably,
another form of Brigit, the Bright One.
Arkan Sonney – The fairy pigs of the Isle of Man, also known as “Lucky Piggy.” Fairy pigs are supposed to bring good luck if one is to capture it.
The Asrai – small, delicate female faeries who melt into a pool of water when captured or exposed to sunlight
Aughisky – pronounced “Agh-iski”; they are the Irish version of the Each-Uisge.
Awd Goggie – A type of Bogie who haunts forests and orchards, and kidnaps children. Wise children will stay away from orchards when unsupervised lest Awd Goggie get them.
Banshee – actually should be spelled Bean Sidhe. The Scots call her Bean-Nighe. She’s an Irish death spirit. Their keening foretells a
death. They have very long, flowing hair and wear green dresses with
grey cloaks. Their eyes are bright red because of their continuous
Barguest – A kind of Bogie. It has horns, dangerous teeth and claws, and fiery eyes. It can take many forms, but usually is a shaggy black
dog. Upon the death of a prominent figure, it rounds up all the dogs in
the community and leads them on a procession through the streets,
Bauchan – also Bogan. A type of Hobgoblin. Like most faeries, they are fond of tricks, sometimes are dangerous, and sometimes are helpful.
The Bean-Nighe – pronounced “ben-neeyah”; type of Banshee around streams in Scotland and Ireland. She washed bloodstained clothing of people who will soon die. They are
rumoured to be the ghosts of women who died in childbirth and will
continue to wash until the day they should have died. The Washer at the
Bean Sidhe (ban-shee): Ireland. “Woman Faery”; a spirit attached to certain families. When a member’s death approaches, the family will hear the bean Sidhe wailing.
Bendith y Mamau (ben-dith uh momay): Mother’s Blessing, which was the name of the fairies of the Carmarthenshire country in Wales; this saying became a prayer spoken to ward-off harm.
Black Annis – She is a Hag who eats stray children and lambs.
Blue Men of the Minch – They dwell in the strait between Long Island and the Shiant Islands. They are responsible for sudden thunderstorms and shipwrecks, but their
ship-sinking attempts may be thwarted if you are an adept rhymer. Some
think they may be fallen angels.
Bodach – also Bugbear or Bug-A-Boo. They slide down chimneys to kidnap naughty children.
Boggart – Brownies that have turned evil.
Bogie – This is the generic name for some different types of Goblins. Their temperaments range the spectrum from benign to malevolent.
Bogles – They are a form of Goblin and are generally nasty in temperament. However, they prefer to inflict their evil deeds upon liars and murderers.
The Brown Man of the Muirs – He is the protector of wild animals.
Brownie: A.Bwca or Bwbachod in Wales; Bodach (budagh) in the Scottish Highlands; Fenodoree in Man; Pixies or Psgies in the West County of England; Bockle in Scotland. If one wants to court their friendship, they are called Bendith Y Mamau
(the Mother’s Blessing). They are about two to three feet high and
dress in brown clothes. They have brown wrinkled faces and shaggy hair.
Brownies make themselves responsible for the house where they live by
coming out at night to complete unfinished work. Any offer of reward
will drive them away, but they expect an occasional bowl of milk and
piece of cake to be left out. Tradition says they do not like
teetotallers and ministers. If offended, brownies will create malicious
mischief. If there is a lazy servant in the home, he might choose to
plague him for it. All Brownies expect in return is a bowl of cream or
good milk and a honey cake. Never leave clothes and never leave too much
food. They find this offensive and will leave. Care should be taken not
to criticize their work. When one farmer criticized the mowing job, the
Brownie responsible threw the entire crop over a cliff. In the West County,
Pixies or Pigsies occasionally perform the office of a brownie and show
some of the same characteristics, though they are essentially
different. Border brownies are most characteristic. They are small men,
about three feet in height, very raggedly dressed in brown clothes, with
brown faces and shaggy heads. They make themselves responsible for the
farm or house in which they live: reap, mow, thresh, herd the sheep,
prevent the hens from lying away, and give Goode counsel at need. A
brownie can become personally attached to one member of the family.
The Bwca – They are the Welsh version of the Brownie (see above). They have slightly nastier tempers and are prone to tantrums if their
work is criticized. They also despise tattletales and people with long
Cailleach Bheur: Scotland. The Blue Hag, a cross between the Underworld goddess and a faery
spirit. She has fangs and sometimes three faces, making her a triple
being or deity.
Caoineag (konyack): Scotland. “Weeper”; a bean Sidhe.
Cluricaun – He’s a Leprechaun after he’s finished work for the day. Cluricauns raid wine cellars and torture sheep and dogs by riding them
like horses in the moonlight. A solitary faery that lives in cellars and
likes to drink wine and other spirits. A cross between a leprechaun and
Coblynau – (also Koblernigh) they are Welsh mine faeries, similar to Knockers. They are considered good omens since the location of their
mining usually precedes the discovery of ore there. About 18 inches
high, they dress like miners. Although they are ugly, they are good
humoured and will knock where rich ores are to be found.
Corrigan’s: Malignant nature spirits found in Brittany often associated with phantoms of the dead.
Cu Sith: Scotland. A supernatural green dog.
Cyhyraeth (kerherriighth): Wales. A form of bean Sidhe. It usually cries or groans before multiple deaths by epidemics or accident.
Daoine Maithe: C. “The Good People”, Similar to the Gentry, they were said to be next to heaven at the Fallbut did not fall.
Daoine Sidhe – (theena shee): Ireland. A name for the faery people. This is the name assumed by the Tuatha de
Danann when the Milesians drove them underground. Their King is
Finvarra, who to this day hold court in his palace beneath the faerie
hill of Knockma. They are skilled chess players, and no human has ever
beaten Finvarra in a game. Finvarra is a womanizer, frequently
kidnapping human women. The Daoine Sidhe is also quite fond of hurling.
Dryads: All Celtic countries. Spirits who dwell in trees, oaks in particular. They were contacted by druids and shamans for inspiration.
Duergar – These are a malicious form of Dwarf from Northern England. They revel in tricking people into dying.
Dwarfs – They are short, usually bearded and appear to be very old. Their aged appearance seems to be caused by the fact that they reach
maturity at age three. They exist mainly in the mountains of Scandinavia and in mines in Germany.
They are sensitive about showing their feet since they are usually
deformed in some way. If you are curious of their feet, the only way to
get an idea is to put flour, ash, or something of that sort in their
path and to look at their footprints. Dwarves can’t be above ground
during the day since sunlight turns them to stone. Some say they exist
as toads during the day and assume their familiar dwarvish form at
Each-Uisge – pronounced “Ech-ooshkya”; they are similar to the Kelpie but far more dangerous. They inhabit lochs and seas and will eat their
victims after tearing them into pieces, except for the liver, which they
leave. If they are ridden inland, they are safe to ride, but if they
catch the slightest whiff of the sea air…
Ellyllon (ethlerthlon): Wales. They are tiny diaphanous fairies whose queen is Mab. Their food is
toadstools and faery butter, a fungus found on the roots of old trees.
Their queen is Mab. They are smaller than the Tylwyth Teg.
Elves – Scandinavian version of faeries, of two classes, light and dark, like the Seelie and Unseelie. The Danish elves are beautiful from
the front, but hollow when seen from behind. The Danish elves also like
stealing human foods. Elves are also another name for the Trooping
Faeries of Britain. In Scotland the fairy people of human size were often called elves and Faeryland was Elfame; in England it was the smaller Trooping Fay who were called elves, and the name was particularly applied to small faery boys.
The Fachan – Faeries from the Western Highlands of Scotland.
Faeries-Fairies: The earlier name was Fays. The term “faery” now covers Anglo-Saxon elves, the Daoine Sidhe of the Highlands, the Tuatha De Danann of Ireland, the Tylwyth Teg of Wales, the Seelie and Unseelie Courts, the Wee Folk, Good Neighbours, and many
more. Fair Family or Fair Folk: The euphemistic name used by the Welsh
for the fairies. See Tylwyth Teg.
Fair Family or Fair Folk: The euphemistic name used by the Welsh for the fairies. See Tylwyth Teg.
Far Darrig, Fear Dearg, Fear Dearc: Ireland. “Red Man”; a solitary faery who wears a red cap and coat and likes to
indulge in gruesome practical jokes. However, some farmers consider it
lucky to have him around.
Farisees or Pharisees: The Suffolk name for the fairies. The Suffolk children used to be confused between the Farisees and the biblical mentions of the Pharisees.
Fary: The dialect name in Northumberland.
Fays: The earlier noun archaic of the word “fairy”; also referred to as the Fatae (three fates).
Fear-Gorta: Ireland. “Man of Hunger”; a solitary fairy who roams the land during famine; he brings good luck to those who give him money or food.
Feeorin: A small fairy that is indicated as being green-coated, generally red-capped, and with the usual fairy traits of love of dancing
and music. They are thought to be more or less friendly to humans, and
have given warnings to them.
Fees/Fetes/Fions: Upper Brittany. Faeries. Fees des Houles (Faeries of the Billows) live in natural caves or grottos in sea cliffs, sea faeries.
Fees are also storm faeries who dress in the colours of the rainbow. They appear in procession before a storm, following a Queen fee who is
mounted in a boat made from the nautilus of the southern seas. And the
boat is drawn by two crabs. Associated with them are the Fions, a race
of dwarfs with swords no bigger than pins.
The Fenodoree – He is a type of Brownie from the Isle of Man who is large, ugly and hairy. He is enthusiastic about helping the
farmers, but isn’t all that bright. The Fenodoree once was tricked into
trying to fetch water with a sieve. The Fenodoree was at one time a
handsome member of the Ferrishyn (the faerie tribe of Man), but he was
exiled and his good looks taken when he missed the autumn festival to
court a human girl.
Feriers or Ferishers: Another Suffolk name for the fairies.
Ferries: The usual name for the Shetland and Orcadian fairies.
Ferrishyn (ferrishin): Isle of Man. Name for the Fary Tribe. A Manx name for the Fairy Tribe; the singular is “ferrish”. They are the
Trooping Fairies of Man, though there does not seem to be any
distinction between them and the Sleih Beggey. They are less
aristocratic than the fairies of Ireland and Wales,
and they have no named fairy king or queen. They were small, generally
described as three feet in height, though sometimes as one foot. They
could hear whatever was said out of doors. Every wind stirring carried
the sound to their ears, and this made people very careful to speak of
Fetes: The Fates of Upper Brittany.
Fir Darrig – pronounced “fear Dearg”; they like fairly gruesome practical jokes. Be nice to them or you may be on the receiving end of one.
Foawr – They are Manx stone-throwing giants. They often ravish cattle. Nasty beings, they are…
Fin Bheara (fin-vara)/ Fionnbharr (fyunn-varr) / Findabair (finnavar): Ireland. The Faery King of Ulster sometimes called the king of the dead. Although he was married to a
faery lady, he still courted beautiful mortal women. Not the same person
as the daughter of Aillil and Maeve.
Foawr, (fooar): Manx equivalent of Highland Fomorians/giants, stone throwing.
Frairies: The Norfolk and Suffolk, local version of the word “fairy”.
(also Gean-cannah) Known as the ‘Love talker’, a handsome faerie who
smoked a short clay pipe and appeared to country maidens. After an
encounter with a Ganconer the maid would pine away with the desire to
see him again.
“Love-Talker”; a solitary faery who personifies love and idleness. He
appears with a dudeen (pipe) in his mouth. It is very unlucky to meet
The Gentry: An Irish name for faeries. The noblest tribe of all the fairies in Ireland.
A big race that came from the planets and usually appear white. The
Irish used to bless the Gentry for fear of harm otherwise. The class of
aliens referred to as the “Nordics” may be the Gentry. They often appear
in dreams as seven foot tall glowing beings, known as “the Shining
Gnomes: Earth Elementals. They live underground and guard the treasures of the Earth. Gnomes are wonderful metal workers, especially of swords and armour.
Ghillie Dhu – He is a solitary Scottish faerie who can be found amongst birch thickets. He is clothed with leaves and moss.
The Glaistig – She is a water faerie, a beautiful seductress with the body of a goat which she hides under a long billowy green dress. She
lures men to dance with her, and then feeds like a vampire on their
blood. She can be benign as well, often tending children and the elderly
or herding cattle for farmers.
Goblins – They are somewhat malicious little creatures. They can appear as animals. They are thieves and villains and count the dead
among their companions. They like to tempt people with faerie fruits.
They’re not truly completely evil, however. Mine goblins make knocking
noises where they know there are rich deposits of ore. To avoid the
Knockers’ wrath, a pastie (traditional miner meal) should be left for
Goblins/Hobgoblins: Originally a general name for small grotesque but friendly brownie-type creatures.
The Good Folk: A general name for faeries.
Good Neighbours: One of the most common Scottish and Irish names for the fairies.
Good People: The Irish often referred to the Sidhe in this manner. See Daoine Maithe.
Green Children, the: The fairies are recorded in the medieval chronicles in under such a name.
Greencoaties: The name for the fairies that dwell in Lincolnshire Fen country.
Greenies: The euphemistic name used for the fairies in Lancashire; associated with the Jacobean Fairies.
The Green Lady of Caerphilly – She haunts ruined castles, and often appears as ivy.
Grey Neighbours, the: One of the euphemistic names for the fairies given by the Shetlanders to the Trows, the small grey clad goblins whom
the Shetlanders used to propitiate and fear, using against them many of
the means used all over the islands as protection against fairies.
Guillyn Veggey: The Little Boys is a Manx term for the fairies that dwell on the Isle of Man.
Gwartheg Y Llyn (gwarrthey er thlin): A. Wales. Faery cattle.
Gwragedd Annwn – pronounced “Gwrageth anoon”; They are beautiful Welsh water faerie maidens who sometimes marry humans.
Gwragedd Annwn (gwrageth anoon): Wales. Lake faeries; harmless Water sprites.
Gwyllion (gwithleeon): The evil mountain fairies of Wales. They are hideous female spirits who waylay and mislead travelers by
night on the mountain roads. They were friends and patrons of the goats,
and might indeed take goat form.
Hags – They are the personification of winter in the British Isles,
anare thought to be the remnants of the most ancient godesses. Some
hags turn from hideously ugly (their usual state) to breathtakingly
beautiful at the turn of winter to spring.
Hobgoblin – They have a bad reputation since the Puritans used their name to refer to wicked Goblin spirits, but they’re really a sort of
friendly Brownie. They are helpful at times, but like practical jokes.
But don’t annoy them or they can become nasty.
Hounds of the Hill, Cwn Annwn (coon anoon), Herla’s Hounds: Wales and many other Celtic areas. The phantom hunting dogs of Arawn, the Lord of the Underworld. Very large; white with red ears.
Howlaa: A faery sprite who wails along the sea shore before storms.
Kelpie: A supernatural Water elemental which takes the form of a horse, malevolent.
Hyter Sprites – They are faeries from East Anglia. They are able to appear as sand martins (a type of bird).
Jack-In-Irons – He is a giant from Yorkshire who haunts lonely roads.
Jenny Greenteeth – She is the Yorkshire River version of Peg Powler.
Jimmy Squarefoot – His appearance is said to be frightening, but he is actually harmless.
The Kelpie – They are Scottish water faeries. Usually they are seen ayoung horses, but sometimes they appear as hairy men. They haunt rivers
and streams, letting men mount them and then riding off into the water,
dunking them. (See also Each-Uisge.)
The Killmoulis – He is an ugly Brownie who haunts mills. He has an enormous nose and a missing mouth. He eats by stuffing the food into his
nostrils. He works for the miller but he plays pranks so often he is
often more of a nuisance than a help.
Knockers, Knackers: A. Cornwall. Mine spirits who are friendly to miners. The knock where rich ore can be found. Also called Buccas.
Kobolds – These are the German version of Knockers. They are known for causing problems for the miners and undoing their progress. To keep the miners guessing, they occasionally help them.
The Lady of the Lake – She is a faerie whose palace is hidden by th illusion of a lake.
Leanhaun Shee-Sidhe (also Leanan Sidhe): Ireland. “Faery Mistress”, in return for inspiration she feeds off the life
force of the individual until he -she wastes away and dies. Gaelic poets
tend to die young if they strike a bargain with this faery.
Leprechaun (lep-ra-kawn): Ireland.
A solitary faery who makes shoes and generally guards a pot of gold.
The name comes from the Irish leith brog, the name in Irish is leith
bbrogan. They tend to be practical jokers, as are the Cluricaun and Far
Darrig. This Irish faerie is always seen alone. He can be found happily
working on a single shoe under a dock leaf or a hedge. They are very
cunning, an it is difficult to get them to let on to the location of
their amazingly well-hidden pots of gold, since to do so you must see
the Leprechaun before he sees you. Leprechauns usually wear a
three-cornered hat, and have been seen spinning on them like tops.
The Little People of the Passamaquoddy Indians – There are two kinds:
the Nagumwasuck and the Mekumwasuck. They’re both two to three feet tall and ugly. The Passamaquody Indians live close to teh Canadian border,
by the way. The Nagumwasuck are closely involved with their humans,
often singing sadly when there is a death in the tribe, and they dance
at weddings. They are self-conscious of their ugliness, and it is near
fatal to laugh at them. The Mekumwasuck live in the woods and dress
outlandishly. Their faces are covered with hair. They are the guardians
of the Catholic Church. If a Mekumwasuck looks directly at you, you
either die or acquire a contagious disease of some sort.
Lunantishess or Lunantishee – They are the tribe which guards blackthorn bushes. They will never allow a stick to be cut on November
11th or May 11th. If you manage to cut a stick on those days, you will
Mab – She is the traditional queen of the faeries.
Mer-People: Mermaids; water dwellers who are human from the waist up but with tails of fishes. They are irresisible singers who sometimes
lure fisherman to their deaths.They lure humans with their beautiful
singing, which carries with it an enchantment. They create storms which
wreck ships. They are often seen vainly combing their hair, admiring
their reflections in mirrors.
The Irish equivalent of the mermaid is Murrughach, Murdhuacha
(muroo-cha), or Merrows. It is possible for them to take the form of a
human with tiny scales and move about on land. They wear a cobullen
druith, which is a red cap covered with feathers.
Merrows – They are the Irish merpeople. They wear red feather caps. If their caps are stolen, they can’t return to the depths of the sea
where they live. Female merrows are beautiful and to see one is an omen
of a storm, but they are benevolent and often fall in love with
fishermen, probably because the male merrows are so repulsive. Males
are, however, generally friendly. They often come ashore in the form of
small hornless cattle.
Muryans – It’s the Cornish word for “ant” . They are the souls of those sent to Purgatory. Their souls dwindle in size until they are the
size of ants. Then they disappear, and no one knows where they go after
that. So never step on ants. You could be stepping on your ancestors.
Nuckelavee – He is a horrible Scottish sea faerie who appears as a
gigantic horse with legs that are part flipper, a gigantic mouth and
blazing, evil eyes. Rising from its back is a hideous torso with arms
that nearly reach the ground and it appears that its neck is too weak to
support its monstrous head. It has no skin, exposing black blood in
yellow veins, white sinews, and strong red muscles. He hates fresh
running water, so if you are ever chased by him, just find a stream and
Nuggie: A. Scotland; a water sprite.
Oakmen: Britain. Wood sprites who live in oak trees and oak groves. They are hostile to humans but benevolent to wild life.
Old People: Cornish name for faeries.
Oonagh (oona): Ireland. Wife of Fin Bheara.
Peg Powler – She inhabits the River Tees. She is a green water Hag with long hair and sharp teeth. She is fond of grabbing the ankles of
those who stand too close to or wade into the water and pulling them
underwater to drown. Fear of her was written into a popular Mother Goose
“Mother, may I go out to swim?”
“Yes, my darling daughter.
Hang your clothes on an alder limb
And don’t go near the water.”
(Alder trees are considered a sort of charm against evil faeries.) See also Jenny Greenteeth.
The People of the Hills – English faeries who live under green mounds. subterranean faeries.
People of Peace: Ireland, Scotland. Another name for the Daoine Sidhe.
Phooka – Phouka (pooka): This is an Irish Goblin who appears as a variety of beasts. It can take various forms and is considered
dangerous. Sometimes he appears as a dog, a bull, a horse, or an eagle
and he is almost always black with blazing eyes. He is fond of offering
rides to weary travellers, appearing to be a kind, docile pony, but then
takes them for the wildest ride of their lives once they have mounted
and soon after dumps them headfirst into an undesirable locale.
Pixies – Piskies-Pisgies: The name for faeries in Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall. Green faeries who often take the form of hedgehogs. They are also known
as urchins, pisgies, piskies, and pigseys. They originated in Cornwall.
They like to dance in the shadows of stones. Their bells are often
heard on the moor. They like to steal horses and torture them to get
them to run faster. They delight in throwing pots and pans at kitchen
girls. They usually mean no harm, however. Beware of doing pixies
favors, for they have a tendency to backfire.
The Plant Annwn (plant anoon): Wales. Gwragen Annwn is the Welsh name for their women. Faeries of the
Underworld. The entrance to their kingdom is through lakes. Their king
is called Gwyn ap Nudd. Their speckled cattle are Gwartheg Y Llyn and
their white hounds are the Cwn Annwn (see Hounds of the Hill).
Plant Rhys Dwfen – They’re a tribe of faeries who inhabit a small invisible land. It is invisible because of a certain herb that grows on
it. They are beautiful people, quite short, and they are fond of
outbidding at Cardigan auctions. They are honest in their dealings, and
kind to people who are kind to them.
Portunes – They are small agricultural faeries who work on human farms by day, and spit-roast frogs by night. They are generally very old
men with wrinkled faces and patched coats. However kind they are, they
have a weakness for grabbing the bridles of horses whom men are riding
alone at night and leading them into ponds, laughing.
Puck – He is a mischievous, shape-shifting Hobgoblin, made famous by Shakespeare. He is also associated with the Pwca (maybe aka Pooka) and the Phooka (both on this page).
Pwca (pooka): Wales. A version of Puck; not like the Irish Phouka. They are helpful if milk is left out, but can also be mischievous.
Redcap – He is one of the most evil Goblins. He inhabits ruined towers,especially those that have a history of evil. His red cap is dyed with human blood.
Roane: A. Scottish Highlands. Water Elementals or mermen who take the form of seals. Irish name for the Selkie.
Seelie (Blessed) Court: Scotland. These trooping faeries are benevolent towards humans, but will readily
avenge any injury or insult. They are a good-natured aristocracy of
faeries. They are fond of riding in long solemn processions called
faerie Rades. They are believed to be the last of the Tuatha de Danann.
Their evil opposite is the Unseelie Court.
Selkies – Also known as the Seal-Faeries, they inhabit the seas around Orkney and Shetland. A female selkie can shed her seal skin and
become a beautiful woman. If a human gets ahold of the empty skin, the
selkie is forced to become the perfect wife. But he must keep the skin
hidden from her since she may return to the sea if she finds it again.
The husband then dies of a broken heart. The male selkies create storms
and flip boats to take revenge for their kin murdered at the hands of
Shellycoat – He is a Scottish Bogie who haunts streams. He is covered with shells which clink together when he moves. He likes to trick travellers and lead them astray.
Sidhe-Sidh-Sith-Si (shee): Ireland, Scottish Highlands. Name for faeries and their subterranean dwellings. A barrow or hillock
which has a door to a beautiful underground realm of the Tuatha or
faeries. They are Irish faeries who are very attracted to beauty and
luxurious locales, and detest pennypinchers.
Silent Moving Folk
Sluagh (slooa)- The Host: Scotland. The Host of the Unforgiven Dead, or Pagan anscestors. The most formidable of the Highland faeries. Some account them as being the dead, some think they are
fallen angels. But the most popular view is that they are the souls of
Sithein (sheean): Ireland, Scotland. Name for the outside of a faery hill or knowe. The inside is called the brugh.
Solitary Fairies – Never trust a solitary faery, they are usually outcasts and renegades. Solitary faeries include Brownies, who may be
the exception to the rule, and Leprechauns, Pookas, Banshees, the Fir
Darrig, Bogies, Duergars, Brown Man of the Muirs, Shelleycoat, and
Spriggans – They are ill-temepered, and ugly little things . They are very small, but are able to inflate to monstrous proportions. They are
thought to be the ghosts of giants. They guard the treasure of hills.
They are destructive, dangerous, skilled thieves. They have been known
to kidnap babies and leave baby Spriggans instead, which are quite
Subterranean Faeries: Scotland.
Faeries who live in bochs or hills. They travel from place to place at
Imbolc, Beltane, Ludhnassadh, and Samhain in order to change their
Shetland faeries. Some are similar to Scandinavian trolls, they live beneath the ground and must take care to avoid sunlight. If a trow is
caught above ground when the sun rises he cannot return to his home
until the sun sets again. King Trows were exclusively male and would
leave their homes to court and marry mortal women, though as soon as her
baby was born the mother would die. Other trows could be much like
faeries in general, helpful to those they found favorable and offended
by any gifts set out for them.
Tuatha de Danann:
The people of the goddess Dana were traditionally an early race of Ireland
who were forced to take refuge beneath the hills after the arrival of
other people. They were masters of magic, and over time faded in nature
and became known as the Daoine Sidh, though they could still be more
majestic than mortals.
“The Fair Family” of Wales,
they have fair hair and dress in white. They are sometimes called
Bendith y Mamau, “Mother’s blessing”. Like other faerie folk they are
fond of dancing and singing, and are partial to golden haired mortals.
They will give wealth to their favorites, but if this is mentioned to
anyone else it will vanish.
The Sluagh, or the Host, are the unsanctified dead who fly above the
earth, stealing mortals and take great pleasure in harming humans.
Unlike other faeries they are never kindly disposed towards mortals, and
many solitary faeries of malicious nature, such as the redcap, are also
part of the Unseelie Court.
Urisk: A Water Elemental who appears as half-human, half-goat, associated with waterfalls.
Wee Folk: Scotland, Ireland. A name for faeries.
Wild Hunt: The night hunt by the Slaugh with their terrible hounds. They
are said to kidnap humans they encounter during their rides.
Will o’ the Wisp: A faery who appears at night in lonely places carrying
a lantern. It uses this light to cause travelers to lose their way.
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