5 Faeries you didn’t know about (and 1 hero you didn’t expect)
Every faerie making an appearance in the Faerie Sworn series is pulled straight from traditional folklore, but while some are well known, I admit I’ve searched in obscure places for others. And then there’s the local legends from Astur myth, which isn’t what we usually read about but is where my roots are. I thought I’d share some of those very special creatures with you today:
• Bean-Nighe: She’s the Scottish equivalent of the better known Bean-Sidhe, or Banshee. She foretells death, but in her case, it’s by washing the clothes of those who are to die.
• Feeorin: Tinkerbell and the traditional souvenir fairy look like a feeorin. They’re a happy bunch, dancing and singing and sometimes warning humans of impending danger.
• Gercu: Takes the shape of a son-to-be-deceased person, but sometimes appears as a black dog living in cemeteries. It likes to meet up with the relatives of the person who will die and chat with them, creating all kinds of confusion and general mayhem.
• Brownies: Think of Harry Potter house elves that look like Gremlins. Yep, that’s them! They do chores and other tasks and expect to be paid in food, but they’ll be offended and leave if you leave out too much. They’ll also leave if you talk about them or if you leave out clothes.
• Glaistig: It’s a water fairy that looks like a beautiful woman with the legs of a goat. She looks after children, after elderly people and makes sure the cattle is safe and well-fed, but also lures men to her domain and drinks their blood.
And then there’s Troy… our resident Kelpie. Did you know that the monster of Loch Ness is supposedly a Kelpie? They’re shapeshifters, usually alternating between human and horse forms. In their horse form, they would approach unsuspecting humans and trick them into petting them, or even better, riding them. Once contact is made, the human gets stuck to the Kelpie’s skin. Then, the faerie proceeds to drag their prey down into their own water domain, until they drown.
Yes, that’s the hero of our story. Don’t you want to know why he plays nice? What makes him save and help Lily?
Ron C. Nieto is a fantasy and romance author who has been writing in her secluded fortress for the longest time. Recently, she had a talk with her cat and decided that she should share her creations, because it was selfish to hoard them all for herself.
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