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debrawaxman2000
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(4/24/07 6:54 pm)


Infomation about Faeries
I am working on a fiction story that has some characters who are Celtic faeries. I can find some limited info on different types of fey creatures. But I'm really looking for information on traditional views of faerie ethics and personality traits. I am also interested in finding traditional views ideas about such deatails as what things can hurt faeries and whether faeries live forever. Do people have suggestions for places that I can find this information?

Any ideas are greatly appreciated!

Rosemary Lake
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(4/25/07 2:19 am)


ethics
"Whuppity Stoorie" in the "name of the helper" tale type (Rumplestiltskin) has a well-dressed lady fairy who tricks a peasant woman into promising a reward, then claims her baby as the reward. Apparently those fairies have an ethic that they are not only limited, but have to volunteer that information to the mother:

"But this I'll let you know: I cannot, by the law we live under, take your bairn till the third day; and not then, if you can tell me my right name."

Writerpatrick
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(4/25/07 6:06 am)


Re: Infomation about Faeries
The best way to understand the Gentry is to read a lot of Irish fairy tales. There are a few resources available if you look about, but reading the stories is the best way to get an understanding of how they are viewed. If you're looking for resources you could try irelandsown.net/faeries3.html.

agathajun
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(4/25/07 12:17 pm)


also
try here
www.sacred-texts.com/neu/.../wfl01.htm
www.sacred-texts.com/neu/...fcc240.htm

then poke about a bit on the rest of the site.

aka Greensleeves
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(4/25/07 3:43 pm)


Re: also
I also recommend Katherine Briggs's marvellous text, The Fairies in Tradition and Literature.

Edited by: aka Greensleeves at: 4/25/07 3:44 pm
MaryCatelli
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(4/25/07 8:49 pm)


Re: Infomation about Faeries
Kate Crackernuts has some fairies in a manner which will give you a good idea of their ethics or lack thereof -- but are you looking for fairies in general or those in fairy tales? If in general, because fairies are so rare in the tales, I would recommend Katherine Briggs's Encyclopedia of Fairies. Has entries on their ethics and also on the legends that show the actual folk beliefs.

debrawaxman2000
Registered User
(4/26/07 8:05 pm)


Re: Thanks
Thanks for taking the time to give me thoughts on where I can get this information!

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