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Little People of the British Isles (The)

54 55 LESIDHE Ireland. Pronounced Layshee. Forest guardian, usually solitary, mostly nocturnal, disguised as foliage, only visible when moving. Imitates mocking birds, or human sounds to confuse and lead human travellers astray, to avenge their mistreatment of nature. LITTLE DARLINGS Euphemism for faeries. Also Little Folk, Little People. LOB Wales, England. House faery, attracted to unpleasant emotions and arguments. Sometimes described as a small dark blob, intent on making trouble, delighting in human misery but usually too lazy to bother. Also LobLie ByTheFire, Lubbard Fiend or Lubbar Fend. LOIREAG Hebrides. Small, stubborn, cunning female water faery, dressed in white. Patroness of spinning. Punishes those who neglected the traditions and ceremonies associated with warping, weaving and washing the web. A lover of music, she is easily offended by less than perfect singing by the weavers. LUNANTISHEE Lunantisidhe Ireland. Moon faeries, guardians of the blackthorn bushes. Bald old men with pointy ears and long teeth, arms and fingers. They love to dance under the light of the moon, and punish anyone who dares to cut their bushes on Samhain original All Hallows Day, 11th November or Beltane original May Day 11th May. LY ERG Scotland. Small faery, who dresses as a soldier. If he should stop and raise his bloodstained right hand to challenge you, run away, for if you fight him you will die within a fortnight. MAB Wales, England. Best known as Queen or muse of the Welsh Faeries, the Ellyllon. Described by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet as midwife of their magic and dreams. MAIGHDEAN MARA Maighdean Na Tuinne Scotland. Mermaids. MALDEMER Cornwall, Brittany. French meaning Evil of the Sea or sea sickness. They shine bright lights to lure ships onto rocks at night, fooling sailors into thinking they are safely in the harbour. They then possess the souls of the dead sailors. MANANNAN Isle of Man. Chief of the Manx faeries. Irish sea God with invincible sword and armour. Protector of the island to which he gave its name. When the Tuatha D Danaan fled defeated, he gave them the power to shapeshift into a herd of magical pigs that, when eaten, came back to life the next day. MERMAIDS Mermen Merpeople Scotland, England, Ireland. Head and body of a human, fish from the waist down. Sometimes save humans from drowning, or guide ships to safety. They can be seen sitting on rocks, looking into mirrors, combing their long hair and singing sweetly, luring men to marry them so they can gain a soul. Mermen, on the other hand, are ugly, with green hair, and they cause storms and tidal waves, drowning and devouring humans and then stealing their souls. They do not marry mortals and are said to eat their own children. The Blue Men of Scotland are Merpeople who throw rocks at ships and cause storms at sea but can be defeated by rhymes, which confuse them. Also Merrymaids, Merwives, Merwomen. MERROw Moruadh Murrughach Murdhuachas Ireland. Similar to Merpeople top half human, lower half fish the males have green hair and teeth, red noses, piggy eyes and short flipperlike arms. The females are beautiful with webbed fingers. MORGAN LE FAY From Arthurian legends, ruler of Avalon. Beautiful, powerful water faery, who can shapeshift into any animal or bird. Carried dying Arthur to Avalon on a ship. Also Morgan Le Fe, Morgaine, Morgana, Morganette. MURYANS Cornwall. Meaning ant. The Cornish believed that faeries were the souls of ancient heathens or druids, who got stuck between Heaven and Hell and shrank to the size of ants, then vanished because each time they shapeshifted they lost power and stature. NANNY BUTTONcROP Nanny Buttoncap Yorkshire. A good nursery faery, who guards children at night, making sure they are warm and safely tucked up in their beds. NIKKISEN Nyker Isle of Man. Water faeries, who live in Nikkisens pool. They lure humans into the water, then lead the souls of the drowned in procession, under the light of the full moon. NIMBLE MEN Fir Clis Scotland. Sky faeries, associated with Will O The Wisp and the Northern Lights, said to be elves dancing in the moonlight. NUcKLELAvEES Nuckelavees Nuchlavis Scotland. Sea faeries, illtempered, hideous, malevolent to humans. Usually halfman, halfhorse, no hair or skin. Having no skin, their red muscles and white sinews are clearly visible, along with their black blood flowing through yellow veins. They cause sickness in livestock and humans, bring drought, hate the rain, and will not cross fresh water. OAKMEN England. Tree faeries, or forest dwarves with red noses and red toadstool caps. Guardians of the sacred oak, the forest and all its animal inhabitants. Human intruders who offended them by felling oaks, or hunting animals were offered poisonous fungi enchanted to look like delicious food. OBERON King of the faeries, connected to Arthurian legend, mentioned by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Nights Dream. It is said he may have been Tronc, a hideous dwarf, whom the faeries turned into their handsome king. Cursed with short stature by an evil faery at his christening. OLD MAN wILLOw England. Willow tree faery, said to reach out and snatch at passers by, especially in remote, lonely places. OUPHE European. Mountain nymph, dimwitted faery, or elf, usually left as changelings. Possible source of the word oaf. Ouph was an Elizabethan word for Elf. PEcH Scottish Lowlands. Underground faeries with long arms, red hair and huge feet, which they could turn up over their heads to shelter from the rain. They built many of the ancient Scottish castles and churches, only working at night. Also Pecht, Peht and Pict. PHOOKA Ireland. Irish Hobgoblins, can appear in many forms, either halfhuman, halfhorse, an old man in tattered clothes, or a goat, horse, dog, bull or eagle. Can be helpful to farmers or millers, play tricks on travellers, steal potatoes and babies, haunt the dreams of drunkards and kill cattle. Also Phouka, pooka or Puca. PHYNNODDEREE Fenoderee Fenodyree Isle of Man. Hairy Manx house faeries or Brownies, incredibly strong, with long arms. Not very clever, but very kind and hardworking, unless offended. PILLIwIGGINS Tiny little winged faery guardians of the spring flowers, particularly those growing near the oaks where they live. Ride from flower to flower on bees. Their beautiful, blonde seductive Queen Ariel wears delicate white clothes, sleeps in a cowslip, controls the wind and rides a bat. She cannot speak, only sing very beautifully. PIxIES A Pixie or Pixy is small with pointy ears and nose and arched eyebrows, shiny delicate wings and often dressed in green, wearing a toadstool or foxglove cap. Cant touch iron, hates laziness, loves dancing, music, big parties, mischief and playing pranks, although can be helpful to deserving humans. Also Pisgies, Pixys, Piskies, Pigseys. Probably relates to the Picts of Scotland. PLANT RHYS DwFEN Wales. Family of Rhys the deep. Lovely, honest, kind little faeries, who live in a land made invisible by a magical herb, and ruled by Rhys Dwfen. Possibly halfhuman, very honest, generous, rich and successful at auctions. POBEL vEAN Cornwall. Small People or faeries of the South West of England. The females are fair and wear crinolines, fine lace, jewels and pointy hats. Males are dark skinned, dressed in blue or green, wearing tricorn hats with silver bells. All are youthful with large brown eyes. Said to be the spirits of those who cannot go to heaven must stay on earth, shrinking until they vanish. Seen only by those who put a fourleaf clover on their head. PORTUNES England. Oldest of the English faeries. They appear as very small less than one inch tall, wrinkly old men, wearing coats of patched cloth. Like Leprechauns, they are pranksters and guard treasure. If captured, they will grant a wish. POUqUES Channel Islands. Similar to the English Puck, associated with the devil. Often seen wheeling a barrow full of parsnips. Short, strong, ugly, hairy, long arms, dressed in scruffy clothes. Can be kind and helpful as house faeries, love cream, but are offended and will disappear if given generous gifts. The women spin flax. PUcK Poake Pouke England. Mischievous woodland faery prankster. Described as a jester, can make humans dance when he plays his pipes. Sometimes appears as a horse, tricking humans to ride him. Other times he is . a child, eagle, donkey or a half human halfgoat, playing pipes like Pan. May merrily lead people into bogs then disappear hence the phrase Poukeled, Pixyled, or Poukledden. Originally a demon, but later associated with Robin Goodfellow, Jack Robinson and Robin Hood. PwcA Pwcca Wales. Related to the English Puck. Head like a bird, tadpolelike figure. Can be house faeries, or Will O The Wisp, or pranksters. PYRENEES Cornwall. Dwell invisibly among the standing stones of Cornwall, making them walk, dance or even sing. RED cAP Scotland. Known in Ireland as Fir Larrig. Nasty, solitary, scrawny, greyhaired, old man, his cap dyed
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