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Clare Regina
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(11/1/06 3:42 pm)

Fairyland
Hello, everyone. I am working on a story which involves the traditional fairies and fairyland (like in fairy ballads such as Tam Lin and Thomas the Rhymer.) I'm having a little trouble with the "rules" of fairyland, though. Even though I plan on playing with the rules a little bit, I'd like to have them as a guideline.

For instance, I know that time is different in Fairyland. Sometimes it's faster, sometimes slower, sometimes the same. How does this affect a human's aging in various traditions? If a person is taken by fairies, is there any way he or she can escape back into "our world" without their consent? Another thing that is extremely confusing is the idea of changelings. Why do the fairies abandon one of their own for a mortal? Is the exchanged fairy still immortal? Can a changeling ever come back?

Again, I know there are no definitive answers for these questions, and I plan on using my own ideas for some of them, but a few examples from folklore or good websites would be extremely helpful.

I am also looking for some good websites with information about the Leanhaun Shee and the idea of fairy ointment. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)

Writerpatrick
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(11/2/06 7:13 am)


Re: Fairyland
I've written a (yet to be sold) novel-length manuscript of a story that involves the Gentry's Realm and I've tackled many of the same questions. I even have an Leane Sidhe (or Leanhaun Shee) in the story. But I wouldn't want to give away any of their secrets. :)

I suggest reading as many Irish folk stories as you can find to get an idea of the way the Gentry were viewed. I many cases you will just have to invent reasons.

Yankunian
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(11/13/06 11:16 am)

Re: Fairyland
On this subject, I have found Eddie Lenhihan and Carolyn Eve Green's book [i]Meeting The Other Crowd: The Fairy Stories of Hidden Ireland [/i](Tarcher Penguin) very enlightening. I'd also reccommend the fairy scholarship of Katharine Briggs - she's written loads of books including one that's just back in print from, I think, Routledge, called the Fairies in Myth and Literature or something like that.

MyOwnFireworks
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(12/13/06 1:18 pm)

Re: Fairyland
I actually wrote a novella about a changeling child and got a lot of useful and pertinent information about changelings through the internet, via Google.

To answer one of your questions, the Wee Folk often exchange one of their own when theirs are born sickly and weak. They find a human family who has not protected their healthy wee one (through the use of iron- a pair of iron scissors, an iron cross, etc.) and switch the two out, leaving the human family to wallow in despair while the changeling flips their world upside down.

And yes, I definitely recommend Eddie Lenihan's book that was mentioned above- you'll find a wealth of information in there, and may even get a few ideas for other stories.

phouka
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(12/30/06 5:20 pm)

Re: Fairyland
Also, humans have gotten stuck in fairyland, because they ate the food.That might help you....

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