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Little People of the British Isles (The)

50 51 DUNTERS England, Scotland. Border faeries, or Powries, who haunt the old peel towers. They are said to be the spirits of the sacrificial victims, whose blood was sprinkled on the foundations. They make strange noises, an omen of death or misfortune, usually the sound of flax being beaten or barley being ground, or sometimes they just moan and wail loudly. DwEORG England. Old English demon or dwarf. Anglo Saxons would use dweorge dwostle or pennyroyal for the relief of headaches inflicted on them by dwarves. EAcHRAIS URLAIR Scotland. Mischievous Scottish female faery, uses her magic wand to transform people into animals, and loves to incite mischief in others, especially children. EARTH FAERY Faeries or nature spirits who live under the earth in caves or faery mounds. ELDER MOTHER England. Guardian of the English elder tree. One must seek her permission before picking berries. She will inflict disease on the livestock of anyone who dares fell an elder. ELEMENTALS Ancient science and alchemists believed mortal creatures consisted of varying mixtures of these four elements, but the elementals were pure forms of only one Gnomes Earth, Sylphs Air, Salamanders Fire, Nereids Water. Some occultists believe that faeries are elementals. Often used as a general word for nature faeries. ELF FIRE or ELF LIGHT England. Another name for Will O The Wisp. ELFAME Scottish name for Faeryland. ELLYLLONS Cornwall, Wales. Tiny elflike creatures, who dwell in hollows, dingles and inland lakes, particularly Dosmary Pool in Cornwall. They ride eggshells and wear mittens made from foxglove flowers. They eat fairy butter and fairy food such as toadstools. They guard the domain of the Lady of the Lake, of Arthurian legend. ELvES Elves exist in many countries, but the English ones are small, plump and usually friendly faeryfolk, who usually live underground, in troops ruled by a king or queen. They dress in green or white. The name sometimes refers to small boy faeries, or mischievous tree spirits. In Scotland they are larger, human size creatures, who came from the land of Elfame, often kidnapping humans and killing cattle. FAcHAN Scotland. The faery of Glen Etive, Argyll. Oddlooking solitary fellow with only one of each eye, hand, arm, leg, foot, toe, which are all located in a row down the centre of his hairy and feathered body. Hates all living creatures, and is particularly jealous of birds, because he longs to be able to fly. He attacks humans with his spiked club, should they venture near his mountain home. FAEU BOULANGER Guernsey. Another version of Will O The Wisp, seen as a ball of fire and said to be a cursed spirit, guarding hidden treasure. If you see it rolling towards you, you must turn your clothes inside out, and it will vanish. FAIRY English word, from the French word fe, and the Latin fatare, meaning to enchant. Originally called fays in English, the word faerie was later used to refer to the little folk. It was once considered bad luck to name them at all, as it might offend them. Better to say little people and other less specific terms. Also Fayerye, fairye, fayre, faery. FARISEES Another word for fairies, from Somerset and Suffolk. FEAR SIDHE Generic term for male faeries in Irish Gaelic. Also Fir Sidhe, Far Shee. FEAR SIDHEAN Scotland. Highland word for fairy men. FEATHAG Isle of Man. Manx faeries, who live in elder trees, gathering to mourn whenever one is felled. FEEORIN Small greenskinned faeries from Lancashire. Wear red caps, are usually helpful, love music and dancing. FERIERS Suffolk. Another word for faeries. FERISH Ferrish Ferrishyn Fireesin Isle of Man. Usually house faeries who sometimes help with the harvest. Some say they steal human babies, leaving a changeling in their place. FERISHERS Word for faeries from Suffolk. FERLIES Another word for faeries in the north of England. FETcH England, Scotland. Faery double. If you meet your fetch, it is an omen of death. Similar to the German Doppelganger. FIERY DRAKE England. From the Peak District. A ball of flames that guides miners to the richest seams of ore. FIN FOLK Scotland, Cornwall, Wales. Anthropomorphic faeries, not harmful, but usually avoid humans, although legend has it that a chosen few have been taken down beneath the lochs of Scotland to their kingdom, Finfolkaheem, a utopian paradise encased in glass, where they tend gardens full of beautiful, brightly coloured flowers and lush greenery. Also Sea Gardeners, Ladys Own. FIR BOLG Ireland. The people of the bogs, who ruled Ireland until defeated by the Tuatha D Danaan, then became Irelands first race of faeries. Sometimes described as giants, but usually three feet tall and dressed in red. They live in old earthworks, or raths, and hate iron and Christian symbols, especially holy water. FIR DARRIG Feardurg Firdhearga Ireland, Scotland. Dangerous, ugly, fat, hairy, scruffily dressed, usually in red, with dark skin, long snout and a ratlike tail. Carries a shillelagh, a skulltopped walking stick. Good swimmers, they live near the sea, swamps or marshes, where they find rotten sea carrion to eat. Forgetful people, another word for faeries, Scotland, FORMORIANS Formors Ireland. Strangely deformed sea creatures with one eye in the centre of their forehead, three rows of sharp teeth, one leg and one hand. Descendents of a faery race banished to the sea by the Tuatha D Danaan, they can only come ashore at night. FOx FIRE and FRIARS LANTERN England. Alternative names for Will o the Wisp. FRAIRIES England. Another name for faeries. FRIDEAN Scotland. Faeries who live under rocks and are the guardians of the roads of Scotland. If you leave them out offerings of bread and milk, they will ensure you have a safe journey. FUATH Ireland, Scotland. Pronounced fooah. Water faeries, usually evil. Humanlike, green clothes, body covered in yellow fur, or sometimes just a yellow mane. Fuath have webbed toes, a tail, large eyes but no nose. They sometimes marry humans. They dislike sunlight and cold steel is deadly to them. GANcANAGH Ireland. Known in Scotland and Cornwall as the Ganconer. Rarely seen solitary male faery or elf, who waits in lonely places to seduce mortal women, who then pine for him and die of a broken heart. He has black eyes and appears to smoke an Irish clay pipe, but does not inhale, because faeries dont like smoke. GEANcANAcH Ireland, Hebrides. Tiny pixielike sprites or house faeries with large slanting eyes and pointy ears. They have wings but cannot fly, although they love to disappear then appear instantly somewhere else. They are mischievous pranksters but they will guard your hearth in return for a cosy warm fire and some milk. GHILLIE DHU Ghille Dubh Scotland. A solitary tree spirit, protecting them from humans. He has black hair and is camouflaged with green leaves and moss, so he can hide and reach out and grab a passing human and enslave them forever. Sometimes returns children who have been lost in the forest, safely back to their homes. GIRLE GUARLE Ireland. Irish faery, similar to Rumpelstiltskin and Tom Tit Tot. She agreed to spin flax for a busy mortal woman, as long as she remembered her name. But she bewitched the woman and she forgot. The woman happened upon a ring of faeries, singing about Girle Guairle. When she told the faery she remembered her name, she was so angry she disappeared in a terrible rage, leaving behind all the spun flax. GLASHTIN Glastyn Isle of Man, Outer Hebrides. Various descriptions have been reported. Some say they are water horses, with their hooves back to front, others that they are halfhorse and halfbull or cow. They are shapeshifting goblins, who appear in human form as very handsome men, hypnotising and luring young women to the sea, where they devour them. GLAISTIG Scotland. Small Scottish female faery, dressed in green, long yellow hair, at a distance young and beautiful, but close up her face is pale and grey. She mourns death or illness with a Bansheelike wail. GLASHAN Glaisein Isle of Man. Strong naked Manx house faeries, particularly helpful to farmers. Have been known to magnetise stones to pull cars off the road. Can shapeshift into young foals or lambs. The males sometimes rape mortal women. GNOMES Originally earth spirits, or elementals, gnome means earthdweller. Guardians of the earth, more recently very popular with gardeners who depict them as white haired little men dressed in red. Able to move through the earth, as birds through the air, and live for a thousand years. GOBLIN Unpleasant, ugly, mischievous, deformed little humanlike creatures. Usually live in groups underground, in churchyards, amongst ancient tree roots, or sometimes move in with humans. Evil pranksters who cause harm to humans for their amusement. Sometimes depicted wearing leather armour and carrying spears. GOOD NEIGHBOURS Good People Scotland, England, Ireland. Faery folk. GOOSEBERRY wIFE Isle of Wight. Guardian of the gooseberries, in the form of a big fat hairy caterpillar. GRUAGAcH Scotland, Ireland. In Scotland they
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