A fairy (also faery, faerie, fay, fae; euphemistically wee folk, good folk, people of peace, fair folk, etc.) is a type of mythical being or legendary creature, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural.
Fairies resemble various beings of other mythologies, though even folklore that uses the term fairy offers many definitions. Sometimes the term describes any magical creature, including goblins or gnomes: at other times, the term only describes a specific type of more ethereal creature.
Other articles related to "fairy":
... species are loosely known by names such as Fairy's Fishing Rods, Fairy's Wands, Fairy Bells, Wedding Bells, Hairbells, Harebells ...
... The Cottingley Fairies photographs in 1917 (revealed by the "photographers" in 1981 to have been faked) were originally publicized by Theosophists, many of whom believed them to be real ... C.W ...
... The White Dove is a Danish fairy tale ... Andrew Lang included it in The Pink Fairy Book ...
... The Valiant Little Tailor or The Brave Little Tailor is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, tale number 20 ... Joseph Jacobs collected another variant A Dozen at One Blow in European Folk and Fairy Tales ... Andrew Lang included it in The Blue Fairy Book ...
... that her daughter would never marry, the queen went to visit the Fairy of the Desert for advice ... She made a cake to protect herself from the lions that guarded the fairy, but she lost it ... Her daughter, distressed, went to seek the same fairy ...
Famous quotes containing the word fairy:
“When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. And now when every new baby is born its first laugh becomes a fairy. So there ought to be one fairy for every boy or girl.”
—J.M. (James Matthew)
“And in their fairy tales
The warty giant and witch
Get sealed in doorless jails
And the match-girl strikes it rich.”
—Anthony Hecht (b. 1923)
“Why should we strive, with cynic frown,
To knock their fairy castles down?”
—Eliza Cook (18181889)