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Fae - Mythical Creatures GuideA Fairy, also known as fay or fae, is a type of mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural, or preternatural. Fairies resemble various beings of other mythologies, though even folklore that uses the term fairy offers many definitions.

Much of the folklore about fairies revolves around protection from their malice. Although in modern culture they are often depicted as young, sometimes winged, humanoids of small stature, they originally were depicted quite differently: tall, radiant, angelic beings or short, wizened trolls being two of the commonly mentioned forms.

One common theme found among the Celtic nations describes a race of diminutive people who had been driven into hiding by invading humans. When considered as beings that a person might actually encounter, fairies were noted for their mischief and malice. Fairies are generally described as human in appearance and having magical powers.

Folklorists have suggested that their actual origin lies in a conquered race living in hiding, or in religious beliefs that lost currency with the advent of religion. These explanations are not necessarily incompatible, and they may be traceable to multiple sources. Much of the folklore about fairies revolves around protection from their malice, by such means as cold iron (iron is like poison to fairies, and they will not go near it) or charms of rowan and herbs, or avoiding offense by shunning locations known to be theirs.

In particular, folklore describes how to prevent the fairies from stealing babies and substituting changelings, and abducting older people as well. Many folktales are told of fairies, and they appear as characters in stories from medieval tales of chivalry, to Victorian fairy tales, and up to the present day in modern literature. Diminutive fairies of one kind or another have been recorded for centuries, but occur alongside the human-sized beings; these have been depicted as ranging in size from very tiny up to the size of a human child.

Even with these small fairies, however, their small size may be magically assumed rather than constant. Some fairies though normally quite small were able to dilate their figures to imitate humans. Wings, while common in Victorian and later artwork of fairies, are very rare in the folklore; even very small fairies flew with magic, sometimes flying on ragwort stems or the backs of birds. Nowadays, fairies are often depicted with ordinary insect wings or butterfly wings.

n some folklore fairies have green eyes and often bite. Though they can confuse one with their words, fairies cannot lie. They hate being told 'thank you', as they see it as a sign of one forgetting the good deed done, and, instead, want something that will guarantee remembrance.

In folklore, they are variously regarded as a "natural" but hidden species, as spirits of the dead, or as descendants of either fallen angels or demons. Fairies are generally described as human in appearance and having magical powers. Their origins are less clear in the folklore, being variously dead, or some form of demon, or a species completely independent of humans or angels.

Another theory is that the fairies were originally worshiped as minor goddesses, such as nymphs or tree spirits.

A Fairy can be of any element, and can be either light or dark. Fairies are often seen as helpers of several things. Being as the seasons change Fairies often help it, they help wake plants and trees from slumber as well as animals and insects. Such creatures will often only show themselves to children and even than that is rare.


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PLouiseC fae 4 Feb 19 2014, 6:36 AM EST by GoblinGrim
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Is there any way to tell if someone is fae specifically?
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BLF87 utter b......s...h...i...t 7 May 15 2013, 8:58 PM EDT by Anonymous
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I cant believe half the bull s h i t you've written here, throwing young teenagers into crisis where they eat grass. post your sources, your informations about the fae are horribly wrong and f.....ing ancient! it makes me mad, to see posers steal what really isnt a freaking gift (it is hell) and try to fight their way into 'being' mythological, a fae. you'd all run away screaming if you were a fae, running from yourself without knowing why. without anyone knowing why. you'd be pulled in by another fae, without knowing they are one, without them knowing. the broken, lost and overwhelmed, aggressive, addictive people are fae, not some weird pointy eared, fire dancing moonlight loving legends. they evaluated. the way humans did. sooo wrong. it makes me mad. because it's nothing to fight to be a part of, the opposite and you cant 'become' a fae at a certain age, you always are. but you'll never know what's making you different. you spend your life in loony bins, on meds and with one thing that is true in your description, the heart that's died. your emotions are either giddy or your empty, you hate or love, nothing in between because you cant grasp whats going on in your mind. no freaking animals talk to you, other things do which make you lose it completely in our society. so back off people and get ******* real. dont talk about stuff you have no idea off. it's insulting to fae the way you try to pose. fakers. sad, a reall sad imaginary life you lead. but thank god for internet right? there you can be all you want without everyone questioning it, tragic. stop watching syfy and gathering half arsed information about things you're not even worth thinking about.
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Anonymous Um... 0 Apr 16 2013, 9:29 AM EDT by Anonymous
 
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Ok well Lost Girl makes a little sense now. You know, the TV show? The FICTIONAL show? The one that all this mumbo jumbo was used for? Yeah that one. I'm amused that there are such serious looking posts about something that isn't even real! LMAO! Oh interwebs-keep your magic coming!
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