I have written before about real faeries. But you can never learn too much… and I have learned alot this month from the tales I will will be telling from The Welsh Fairy Book, by W. Jenkyn Thomas. My roommate found this treasure once at Kaboom Books, and I happened to peruse it once on a rainy afternoon, and… well, let’s just say I learned alot.
Things you should know about Faeries and the Country of Faerie:
Those that have been to Faerie say it is always misty, gray weather there.
Those who have seen faeries usually discover them singing in a ring. Witnesses hear most beautiful music ever, and everyone is dancing.
Entryways to Faeirie are through the earth, through a door in the earth or underground tunnel.
Faerie people are not tiny like pixies, they are human sized… but small, with pale skin and dark hair.
Time is different in Faerie- you may be five minutes there, and five hundred years may have passed here.
Faeries are not “bad” or “good” but if you mess with them, you will be sorry. They can steal your babies and substitute a faery child (changelings), they can take you to Faerie and you’ll never come back, and they can really mess with your cows, goats, butter, milk and basically anything to do with your cottage dairy industry.
Faeries turn into animals, and talk to them, and enchant them to do the faery’s will.
Faeries mostly eat milk flavored with spices, no meat.
Never call them Faeries- you might call one to you! Just say “Fair Folk” or “Little People” to avoid ticking them off. I really hope they don’t read blogs.
If they like you, they might shower your life with blessings such as a harp that always plays beautifully, a purse of gold, or a very prosperous cottage dairy industry indeed.
All you need to to make a Faery story are these facts, a mortal who gets into Faery and (hopefully) comes back again. Enjoy!