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Little People of the British Isles (The)

52 53 are a longhaired or hairy form of Glaistig. Male or female, they live in stately homes and castles, and busy themselves at night with domestic chores or rearranging furniture. When angry they play pranks and make a mess, but in return for milk they will protect your cattle. In Ireland the name is used for ogres, goblins, giants, magicians and druids. GREEN LADIES Tree faeries who dwell in oak, elm, yew, apple, willow and holly. May seek terrible revenge if you cut down one of their trees, but will bless you and reward you with prosperity if you plant primroses at their feet. In Scotland and Wales this is a generic term used for green faeries and sometimes ghosts. Also Dryads. GREEN MAN Green nature spirit, depicted as a head with leaves and branches coming from its mouth. Powerful faeries who fire deadly elf bolts or flint arrows when offended by crimes against nature. Also known as Hob, Hodekin, Robin, Robin Goodfellow or Robin Hood. GREENcOATIES Lincolnshire. Faery folk, particularly those who are green or dressed in green. Also Greenies Lancashire. GREMLINS Modern English faeries, apparently first discovered by Air Force Pilots in WWII. Said to be about 6 20 inches high, green, blue or grey, with big ears or horns. GRIGS Britain. Tiny, jolly little faeries, dressed in green with red caps made of flowers. In Somerset, the smallest apples left on the trees for the faeries are known as griggling apples. GRIM England. Hooded English goblin, his appearance frightening the simple and his terrible screeching at the windows of a sick man scaring him to death. GRYPHONS Wales. Welsh faeries with head of a horse and body of a goat, who can speak any human language and destroy crops if not harvested before Halloween. GUILLYN vEGGEY Isle of Man. Manx word for faery, meaning little boy. HEATHER PIxIES Scotland, Yorkshire. Live amongst heather, especially on the moors, avoiding human contact. Little pranksters with golden auras and translucent wings, who spend their time spinning flax. HENKIES Shetland, Orkney. Another name for the Trows. Small, grotesque little beings, who walked and danced with a limp or henk and clasped their hands around their knees. HINKYPUNK SomersetDevon. Another version of Will O The Wisp, found around the SomersetDevon border. Reported to have one leg and a light and lead you into bogs. Similar to the Hunky Punky found in Cornwall. HOBGOBLINS England, Scotland. Common English house faeries, or hearth spirits, love to be warm and cosy next to the fire or hob. One or two feet high, with dark skin, either naked or wearing brown tattered clothes. Usually friendly helpful and domesticated, particularly enjoy farm work. Like to steal from misers, and are said to guard treasure. Dont upset them, or they turn into very unpleasant Boggarts. Scottish Hobgoblins are shapeshifters, often called Brags. Also Hobgob, TomTit, Robin Round Cap, HobThrush, GoblinGroom, Billeboinkers, Blobins, Gooseys, Hobmen or Hobs. HOBYAHS England, Scotland. Evil goblins who kidnap and enslave humans, taking them down mines to dig for gold, and then eating them. Apparently they are no more, having all been eaten by a Black Dog. HODEKIN England. Forest elf. Also, another name for Robin Hood. HODGEPOcHER Hodgpoker England. English house faery or Hobgoblin. HOGBOY Hogboon HugBoy Orkney. Shadowy fellows, live in the mounds of Orkney. They protect pets and farm animals from the Trows and mend farming equipment, in return for offerings of ale and milk. If anyone dare destroy or disturb a mound, a hogbot will appear as a little grey man and attack them. HOOKIES England. Lincolnshire term for Faeries. HOUSE FAERY HOME SPRITE A faery or spirit which looks after your home, performing domestic chores while you sleep, in return for food, drink and a warm place to sleep by the hearth. Some are pranksters, especially when offended, and will break or hide things and generally make a mess. HYTERS OR HYTER SPRITES Lincolnshire, East Anglia. Small, shapeshifting green eyed faeries, often appear as birds, particularly sandmartins, buzzards or vultures. Not keen on humans, but protective of human children, sometimes returning those who get lost. They will often gather in groups and buzz or mob people, especially neglectful parents, apparently only to frighten, not to harm. IRISH ELvES Generic term for wingless faeries. Male, female and child dwarves dressed in blue or green with red caps. Live in troops under the ground, among the tree roots of sacred trees. Come out at night to help sick animals. Usually avoid humans, but will occasionally reward one who shows particularly selfless behaviour. Little People, Wee Folk, Little Fellers. IMP Wicked faery or small demon. From the Old English impe, meaning young shoot, possibly implying that an imp is an offshoot of the devil. Malicious little black creatures. They can be charmed, particularly through their love of music, to do good deeds, but even then, they cant be trusted completely. Also the name for a witchs familiar in the Middle Ages. Ympe. Impet small Imp. IRISH SEA wATER GUARDIANS Isle of Man. Water guardian faeries, or sea sprites. Both male and female, beautiful, tiny, only a few inches high, with a greenyblue aura. Sail on broken eggshells, or surf on seashells, guarding the Irish Sea and all living creatures within it. Serve Manaan, the Sea God. Also known as Undines. JAcK FROST England. English faery, depicted in white, with sharp pointy features, covered in icicles. He brings the frost, leaving the beautiful ice crystal patterns on your window panes on a cold morning. JAcKALANTERN England. English bog or marsh faery, haunting the marshes at night, bewitching travellers with his glowing flames, luring them to their deaths. Today the name given to Halloween pumpkin lanterns. Also Jack OLantern, Jacky Lantern. KELPIES Scotland. Small, round, shapeshifting water faeries. Usually appear as grey horses, luring humans to mount and ride them, only to run into the water and drown their passengers, then devour them. Similar to the Irish Uisges, the Cornish Shoney and the Welsh Ceffyl Dwr, as well as the Nuggies of Shetland and Orkney. KILMOULIS Scotland. Grotesque faery or Brownie, no mouth, eats by stuffing food into huge nose. In return for a warm place to sleep by the oven killogee, he serves and protects the miller and his family, wailing to warn them of impending illness or misfortune, and fetching the midwife when necessary. Enjoys playing pranks, such as blowing ashes over shelled oats. KNOcKERS Devon, Cornwall. Friendly mine spirits, said to be the ghosts of the Jews who worked there long ago. Small, ugly, skinny, hooked noses, thin wide mouths, they dress in miners clothes with leather aprons, carrying tiny picks. Abide in mines and caves, and in return for a nice pasty will make knocking sounds to direct miners to rich veins of tin, or to warn of danger, or to lead them to a buried miner after a cavein. Buccas, Gathorns, Nickers, Nuggies, Spriggans. Similar to the Welsh Coblynaus, and the Scottish Black Dwarves. KNOcKYBOH England. Boggart, or poltergeist, makes a poltering knocking or rattling sound from behind the walls or wood panelling of houses, especially at night, waking the family and frightening children. KNOPS West Midlands. Terrifying demon horses, possibly the source of the All Souls Day November 22nd custom, of covering a model of a horses head in a sheet to frighten people. KOw Old Northern English word for faery or spirit. LADY OF THE LAKE Sometimes known as Vivienne, or Nimue, or Niniane. In Arthurian legends she is a beautiful water faery who steals Lancelot from his mother, taking him to her underwater kingdom, where she nurtures him into a great man. She gives him his magical sword Excalibur, then upon his death, takes them both back to the Isle of Avalon. LEANAN SIDHE Leanhaun Shee Ireland Leannan Sith Scotland Lhiannan Shee Isle of Man. Seductively beautiful fairy mistress or vampire faery, usually female. Visible only to her lover, in whom she inspires great poetry and music, giving him strength in battle and a successful career. Also said to reduce his earthly life span. LEPREcHAUN Ireland. Small, male dwarf faery, dressed in green, with silverbuttoned waistcoats, leather aprons, blue stockings and silverbuckled shoes. They wear cocked or tricornered hats which they can turn upside down and spin upon. Love whiskey, tobacco, music, dancing, foxhunting and riddles. Also Leprechan, Leprochaune, Luchorpan, Lubrican, Lubberkin, Luricane, Lurican, Lurikeen, Lurigadaune, Leprehaun, Lepracaun, Leipreachan.
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