The mythical creature typically known as a Fairy is a specific class of magical being that hearkens back to European folklore. The title is sometimes spelled “Faerie”. The plural is Fay or Fae. Here are some details about this classic creature.
- Traditionally, fairies were often thought of as evil or mean.
- Sometimes, they were believed to swap their offspring for human babies.
- These beings are uniquely different from pixies and sprites.
- There are thousands of ancient forts called “Fairy Forts” throughout Ireland.
- A magical fairy sanctuary called “Northwood Trail” is located near York, England.
- In the 1940 Disney film “Pinocchio”, the Blue Fairy brings the puppet to life.
- In one of the original versions of Sleeping Beauty, an overlooked fairy curses Briar Rose to eventually prick her finger.
According to European folklore and literature, fairies have had a wide variety of appearances. Some are beautiful and others are hideous. Others are a bit of both.
Today fairies are generally described as feminine in appearance. They are attractive and often have wings like a butterfly or other airborne insect. Other mythical creatures traditionally considered fairies that do not fit this description tend to be referred to by other more specific titles.
Fairies are sometimes confused with pixies, one of the main differences between fairies and pixies is that fairies have wings and pixies generally do not.
Fairies tend to have more magical abilities
Pixies are small, have pointed ears, and instead of being evil are mischievous and playful.
They are also similar in ways too. They are both elusive to humans, and also both have a magical aura about them.
Fairies do not have a single origin. They are a product of a compilation of folk beliefs from numerous sources. Some folk theories suggest a Christian-like concept of these creatures being demoted demons or angels.
Pagans and Pre-Christian Europeans theorized they were lesser deities or spirits. Following the spread of Christianity, belief in fairies decreased. They were often thought only to be another race of beings who lived alongside humans. Others considered them to be prehistoric precursors to humans, spirits of nature, or even spirits of the dead.
powers and abilities
- Animal Communication: Numerous fairies have the power to understand animals’ emotions or even to communicate with them. They can call upon animals to protect them as well.
- Flight: Traditionally, few fairies can fly and they don’t always have wings. Flight is traditionally used more as a form of defense and not a standard form of transportation.
- Healing: They are able to cure both plants and human beings. They are even able to heal both the body and the spirit.
- Photokinesis: Fairies are able to control natural light and thus have power over nature. Some have the power to generate light from their own bodies too.
- Shapeshifting: Fairies can control and alter their appearances. They can even appear human-like. On a related note, if a bad fairy is using the power of Glamour to make itself look attractive and a human learns the truth, that fairy will never be able to hide its true appearance from that person again.
- Invisibility: They can also choose to not allow anyone to see them. Some fairies even have the ability to merge into shadows. Although most fairies are normally invisible to the human eye. Gift-giving fairies can also make people invisible.
Fairy powers can also include the ability to make others lucky or unlucky, and they often are so nimble they are able to dodge anything and never be hit. Some are able to grant humans the temporary gift of being able to see the hidden realm of fairies or see into the future. They are also nearly invulnerable and heal within one day. Finally, most fairies have enhanced senses.