Names for them include: faery - faerie - fatae - fa'ae - fairye - sidhe - sith - fee - fay - fae - fayerie - fair folk - verry folk - feriers - ferishers - farisees - wee folk - green men - greenies - greencoaties - green children - gremlins - good neighbors - good people - grey neighbors - pixies - piskies - sprites - tamlane - tammerlane - tom-lin - tom of lyn
Elves, gnomes, sprites, goblins, hobgoblins,
merfolk, trolls, leprechauns, etc. are considered types of fairies in some traditions.
Knowing a fairy's true name gives you power over it, so fairies are said to guard their real names very closely.
Nevertheless, individual fairies known to us from mythology include:
Aeval, Fairy Queen of the Midnight Court
Aillen MacModha, who sets Tara ablaze every year
Caer, a beautiful fairy who lived as a swan
Clethrad, an alder fairy
Donagh, Finvarra's beautiful wife.
Finvarra, fairy king of the Daoine Sidhe. He is known for his skill at chess and for abducting brides-to-be. Spanish wine is a suitable offering got him.
Ghillie Dhu, a Scottish fairy who wears moss
and leaves, lives in birch thickets.
Heliconian, a willow fairy
Melia, an ash or quince fairy
Melwas, the fairy king of the Summer Land
who abducted Guenivere
O'Donoghue, king of the Lough Lean fairies in Ireland
Summer, beautiful queen of the Elves of Light.
Her presence melts Winter away.
Urisk, a lonely male Scottish fairy who is found near pools
Wichtlein, a German mine fairy
the Asparas/Apsaras, fig tree fairies
the Caryatids, nut tree fairies
the Dryads, oak tree fairies
the Luantishees, blackthorn fairies
Literary fairies include Queen Mab, Puck, Titania, Tinkerbell, Tammerlane, Mustardseed and Oberon.
Aine of Knockaine
Morgan le Fay (Morgan the Fairy)
Credne, the fairy goldsmith
Goibnie, the fairy blacksmith
Lichtar, the fairy carpenter
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by Boadicea, October, 1999
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