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Fairy species

Post  Hisao on Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:52 am

Various Division in the Faerie World
This is a very small gathering of various names and titles granted to the Fae. In researching the Fae you may find varying descriptions for the following euphemistic names. As much as I'd like to tell you that this covers all of them, that would be a lie... it does however provide a jumping off point for learning about how they appear in various cultures.

What these will help you to do is get a general idea of what kind of faerie that you are dealing with, which can help you decide what course of action should be taken. Many of these names are location linked, but that doesn’t mean that those areas are the only grounds in which you will find that particular fae. Like the Old Gods of many lands, travelers and immigrants have brought locational fae to all parts of the globe. When trying to discern what type of fae you are dealing with, be sure to check the history of the area to learn where the original settlers came from, and if there is a prominent ethnic group currently living there.

This will help you to find the best way of working with the local fae. Conversely, if you find that they are causing you far too many problems this will also help to find ways to create a peace. Search through the literature connected with the particular fae that you are dealing with; the old wives tales often work better than anything else you may find.



Abatwa – these Zulu spirit fae are smaller than usual African fae. They are nomadic hunters who have quick tempers and sleep in anthills. They are also very sensitive about their diminutive size, if asked by one when you noticed it always reply that you first saw the abatwa at a great distance.

Bean Sidhe – (pronounced ban-shee) the wailing women of Ireland, they have two functions; the first is if you see a bean sidhe washing your clothes you are doomed to die. The other is to warn of disaster through unearthly wailing, letting you know that doom is stalking your house and they will mourn it's passing.

Bendith y Mamau – (pronounced ben-dith uh momay) Mother’s Blessing, which is the name of the faeries of the Carmarthenshire county in Wales; this saying became a prayer spoken to ward off harm.

Brownie – Their territory extends over the Lowlands of Scotland and up into the Highlands and Islands all over the north and east of England and into he Midlands. They are small men, about three feet in height, very raggedly dressed in brown clothes with brown faces and shaggy heads, who come out at night and do the work that has been left undone. They make themselves responsible for the farm or house in which they live. A brownie can become personally attached to one member of the family. They are also known as Grugatch (pronounced Groo-gy).

Bwca – the Welsh name for the Brownie.

Corrigan – Malignant nature spirits found in Brittany, often associated with phantoms of the dead.

Daonie Maithe – “The Good People”; similar to the Gentry, they were said to be next to heaven at the Fall, but did not Fall themselves. Many link them with angels who are waiting to return to heaven.

Dwarfs – These short, squat fae come from Germany, the Isle of Rugen, and the Swiss mountains. They tend to live underground, especially under mountains, and are master metalworkers.

Each-Uisg – (pronounced ek-whiskey) a water faery horse who likes to drown its victims, especially children. It has skin like glue, so once its victim is on its back the person’s fate is sealed. When plunging into the water the each-uisg slaps its tail hard against the surface and disappears below the water to devour its prey. Also known as a kelpie.

Ellyllon – The name given to Welsh Elves. They are tiny, diaphanous fairies whose food is toadstools and fairy butter, a fungoid type substance that grows in the roots of old trees and limestone crevices. Their queen is Mab, Maeve, or Bavd.

Elves – in Scandinavian mythology the fairy people were elves and were divided into two classes, the light elves and the dark elves. Faeryland was often referred to Elfhame, and these beings were often human sized or taller. Today, the term elf is interchangeable with the term faery.

Farisees or Pharisees – the Suffolk name for faeries; Suffolk children often are confused between the farisees and the biblical mention of the Pharises.

Feeorin – A small fairy that is indicated as being green coated, generally red-capped, and with the usual faery traits of love of dancing and music.

Ferrishyn – A Manx name for the faerie tribe; the singular is ferrish. They are less aristocratic than the fairies of Ireland and Wales, and they have no named fairy King or Queen. They are small (generally under three feet in height) and can hear anything that is said outside. Every wind stirring carries sound to their ears, and this made people very careful to speak favorably of them. An alternate spelling is Ferrishin.

Foawr – (pronounced foo-ar) They are the Manx equivalent of the Highland Fomorians (giants).

Gentry, the – The most notable tribe of all faeries in Ireland. A big race who came from the planets and usually appear white. The Irish used to bless the Gentry for fear of harm otherwise.

Greencoaties – the Faeries that dwell in Lincolnshire Fen country, supposedly named for their habit of wearing green coats.

Grey Neighbours – One of the euphemistic names given by the Shetlanders to the Trows. These are small grey-clad goblins that the Shetlanders used to propitiate and fear.

Guillyn Veggey – The Little Boys is a Manx term for the faeries who dwell on the Isle of Man.

Gwyllion – (pronounced gwith-lee-on) they are the evil mountain faeries of Wales, who are hideous female spirits who waylay and mislead travelers by night on the mountain roads. They were the friends and patrons of goats, and might take goat form.

Hobgoblin – Used by the Puritans and in later times for wicked goblin spirits, but its more correct use is for the friendly spirits of the Brownie type. Hob and Lob are words meaning the same type of creature as a hobgoblin, they are on the whole good humored and ready to be helpful, but fond of practical joking.

Host, the – see Unseelie Court.

Huldrefolk – are the “hidden people” of Norway. They are invisible to human eyes and live happily in another dimension. When the veil lifts between our world and theirs they can be seen and they are said to be the children of Adam and his first wife Lilith.

Huli Jing – the Chinese fox faeries who like to take human lovers to steal their vital essence during orgasm. A fox faeries lover will eventually become consumptive and waste away. They often take the form of beautiful young women, or elderly male scholars.

Hyter-sprites – Lincolnshire and East Anglian faeries who are small and sandy-colored, with green eyes.

Kappa – a Japanese water faery, it is basically human looking but is androgynous, hairless, and wears a leaf of kelp on its head. These fae never leave the water-side.

Kitchen Faeries – Chinese faeries who keep the kitchen and its environs spotlessly clean. They are invisible, the only way to notice them is the amazing cleanliness that they leave behind. For their generous help they demand a human to eat during their New Year celebration, but can be easily tricked by informing them that they broke crockery during the year and their payment must wait to make up for that.

Leprechaun – Generally described as a faery shoemaker, this creature is a red-capped fellow who stays around pure springs and is known to haunt cellars. They spend much of their time drinking and smoking. One branch of the leprechaun family is known as the Fir Darrig and is a fierce practical joker. Leprechauns are also associated with gnomes, and when they are they are merry little men dressed all in green, sans red cap, and often wearing a brown leather apron and buckled shoes. This version of the leprechaun is visible only to those with faery blood, and if you are successful in either capturing him, making him drink until dawn, or winning a bet with him then the leprechaun must give up his treasure.

Lios Alfar – (pronounced li-ess al-far) these fae are slightly taller than humans, have very pale hair and skin and their eyes constantly change color. They are supporters of all that is good is positive in the world and are mortal enemies of the svart alfar.

Lunantisess – the tribes that guard the blackthorn trees or sloes in Ireland; they let you cut no stick on the eleventh of November or the eleventh of May.

Moruadh - (pronounced merrow) these sea fae are very similar to sirens, they enchant mortals with music. The moruadh are always seen in sea water wearing red caps covered with feathers. They are charming and seductive by nature but extremely vengeful if crossed.

Mountain Faeries – are dainty, beautiful, and irresistible. They are Chinese in origin and fed on hemp fiber. Mountain fae are usually beneficial but have a strange relationship with time – as long as one of these fae remains with a human that person will remain alive, even for thousands of years.

Muryans – 'muryan' is the Cornish word for ant, and they believe that these faeries were the souls of ancient heathen people who were too good for hell but too bad for heaven. These heathens shrunk from their natural size until they were no bigger than an ant, after which they vanished from this state and no one knew what became of them.

Patupairehe – Maori faeries who live in remote mountains and hilltops, places wrapped in dense fog. They are tall, red-haired, with pale skin, and look very similar to humans. In fact, they often take human lovers, whom they visit late at night.

Pechs – the Scottish lowland name for faeries and are confused in tradition with the Picts. The Pechs were considered tremendous castle builders and were credited with the construction of many ancient castles. They could not bear the light of day and so only worked at night, when they took refuge in their brughs or “sitheans” at sunrise. It seems likely that some historic memory of an aboriginal race contributed one strand to the twisted cord of faery tradition. Also known as Pehts.

Phookas – these faeries can shift from the form of handsome man to that of a black horse. They like to try to trick people into riding them, then they run wild trying to unseat the rider. They carry their soul in a stone in their mouth, so in their human shape they can’t speak. If you can trick them into talking to you, you can capture their soul stone and then the phooka must do your bidding. (You can then ride it safely.)

Pixies – these are West County faeries belonging to Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall. There are varying traditions about size, appearance, and origin of the pixies, but all accounts agree about their being dressed in green and about their habit of misleading travelers. Also known as pigsies or piskies.

Plant Rhys Dwfen – (pronounced plant hrees thoovn) the family name of a tribe of faery people who inhabited a small land which was invisible because of a certain herb that grew on it. They are a handsome people, below average in height, and it was their custom to attend to the market in Cardigan and pay such high prices for the goods that an ordinary buyer could not compete with them. They are honest and resolute in their dealings, and grateful to people who treat them kindly.

Ponaturi – a New Zealand sea faery, they are malevolent and live in watery deeps. Their skin is greenish white with an unnatural inner phosphorescence.

Portunes - small agricultural faeries, it is their habit to labor on farms. At night when the doors were shut they would blow up the fire, and take frogs from their pockets to roast over the fire to eat. They look like very old men with wrinkled faces and wore patched coats.

Seelie Court – the Blessed Court; name of the ‘kindly’ faery host, or benevolent Faery of the positive polarity. These Fae are ruled by the King or Queen of Light and Illusion. As the name suggests, they can be fairly tricky fae since while they can’t lie outright, they can try to trick you through appearances. They can also be difficult to deal with since they won’t be looking below the surface; if it looks nice it must be nice is their mindset.

Sidhe – (pronounced shee) the Gaelic name for faeries, both in Ireland and the Highlands of Scotland. Now it has come to be a blanket term for any of the fae. Generally, they have the appearance to shine or be opalescent.

Silent Moving Folk – Scottish faeries who live in green knolls and in the mountain fastness of the Highlands. Also known as Still Folk.

Sithen – these aren’t faeries, but the name of the faery mounds where the sidhe live.

Sleigh Beggey – (pronounced sleigh beargar) a name given to the fae which means “the Little Folk” in the Manx tongue.

Sluagh – (pronounced sloo-ah) the most formidable of the faery people; they are known as the Host of the Unforgiven Dead (or just the Host for short). Some scholars regard them as fallen angels. Among they fae the Sluagh are feared and often their outward appearance is enhanced by glamour to make them look like deformed monstrosities. Sometimes that is their actual appearance. They have close connotations with the Wild Hunt.

Sprites – a general name for elemental faeries.

Svart Alfar – smaller fae that are totally committed to negative ends, they are at perpetual war with the lios alfar, hating them because their name means “light”. The svarts are shorter than the lios, and tend to have skin deformaties and enjoy causing pain.

Themselves – another Manx term for the fae since they considered the word 'faery' to be unlucky. It is sometimes said that Themselves are the souls of those who drowned in Noah’s flood. Themselves are also called They or Them That’s In It.

Tiddy Ones – nature spirits from Lincolnshires fens. Most of them are a drifting mass of influences and powers rather than individuals. They are also known as Tiddy Men, Tiddy People, Yarthkins, or Strangers.

Tylwyth Teg – (pronounced terloo-eth teeg) the most common name for Welsh faeries, they are fair haired and love golden hair, they dance and are the makers of faery rings. The faery maidens of the tylwyth teg can be won as wives by mortal men and will stay with their husbands for a time. They also grant gifts to their favorites, but these gifts will disappear if spoken of.

Unseelie Court – the Unblessed Court; they are rarely favorable to mankind. They are comprised of the sluagh, any malignant fae, and any fae that chooses to make their home with them. Generally they are of a negative polarity. Their ruler is the King or Queen of Air and Darkness; it is said that any word whispered after dark will be taken to the monarch’s ear.

Verry Folk – the name of faeries in Gower of Wales; they are little people dressed in scarlet and green.

White Ladies, the – the use of this name for both the dead and for the fae is an indication of the close connection between faeries and the dead. The White Ladies were direct descendants from the Tuatha de Dannan.

Wood Wife – these women faeries are found in old forests and dense groves. They are always beautifully dressed, have long, dark hair and may be accompanied by whirlwinds. These fae are so intrinsically connected to the woods that if a branch is twisted until the bark comes off, a wood wife dies.

Yunwi Djunsti – a Cherokee fae species who are about two feet tall with long dark hair that reaches the ground. They tend to wear white clothing and speak the same language and share the Cherokee culture.



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