Here's a charming and inspirational guide to the history and folklore surrounding faeries, and an examination of the meanings that these mythic beings have acquired in many cultures. Tradition defines faeries according to different general categories, which include nature spirits, helpers, tricksters and seducers, and angelic faeries. The author summarizes the long historyHere's a charming and inspirational guide to the history and folklore surrounding faeries, and an examination of the meanings that these mythic beings have acquired in many cultures. Tradition defines faeries according to different general categories, which include nature spirits, helpers, tricksters and seducers, and angelic faeries. The author summarizes the long history of faery lore, and explains how we can develop our intuitive powers and perceive the faery realm, which he claims truly exists in the universe. He goes on to describe more than 50 faeries, including: Nymphs, nature spirits, favored by the ancient Greeks and found in places of natural beauty, Elves, revered in Anglo-Saxon lore as guardians of woods, mountains, and wild places, Jack Frost, a playful spirit of cold regions who nips at children's fingers and toes, Brownies, worker spirits attracted to industrious households, and said to bring luck, Puck, a mischievous sprite made famous by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Leprechauns, the memorable faery pranksters of Irish folklore, Genies, the celebrated wonder workers of Arabian folklore. The author also offers recipes for "faery ointments" said to help us see faeries, rituals to attract beneficial faeries to home or garden, and faery herb lore for healing and making magic charms. More than 130 enchanting, full-color illustrations....more
Hardcover, 128 pages
April 1st 2002
by Barron's Educational Series
(first published March 31st 2002)
This was a cute book to read. The pages have delightful illustrations and the layout of the text on each page is unconventional but still easy to read. The information is indexed in a way to be fairly easy to find the type of faerie/little people you are interested in. I thoroughly enjoyed my romp through the land of Tir Na N'Og- the land of the ever young!
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click here.Interesting folklore depicting the Good Folk. Some I never even heard of (Menehunes, Ekkekko, and Klabotermann for examples). I wish they had talked more about the fantasy history in which they appeared, though. It would have been interesting to talk about the seasonal courts (Seelie and Unseelie), the sidhe, and the particular stories in which they appeared. But as a children's and beginner's fae character book, it held wonderful details.
Pretty little book of faeries, in all their different forms. Breaks down in to chapters by elementals, good faeries with a few specifically, bad faeries specifically, angelic faeries, and recipes, spellworks.