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":
... The Valiant Little Tailor or The Brave Little Tailor is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, tale number 20 ... Jacobs collected another variant A Dozen at One Blow in European Folk and Fairy Tales ... Andrew Lang included it in The Blue Fairy Book ...
... 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 ...
... never marry, the queen went to visit the Fairy of the Desert for advice ... protect herself from the lions that guarded the fairy, but she lost it ... Her daughter, distressed, went to seek the same fairy ...
... names are not stably established, but various species are loosely known by names such as Fairy's Fishing Rods, Fairy's Wands, Fairy Bells, Wedding Bells, Hairbells, Harebells ...
Famous quotes containing the word fairy:
“The fairy queen
Bids you increase that loving humour more.
They that have not yet fed
On delight amorous,
She vows that they shall lead
Apes in Avernus.”
—Thomas Campion (15671620)
“I think, at a childs birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt (18841962)
“We went to Ranelagh. It is a charming place; and the brilliancy of the lights, on my first entrance, made me almost think I was in some enchanted castle or fairy palace, for all looked like magic to me.”
—Frances Burney (17521840)