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22nd Sep '17 1:35:19 PM Pichu-kun
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* Folk musician Alexander James Adams was once known as Heather Alexander. His stage reason for this is that Heather was the changeling left in his place, of late returned to [[TheFairFolk Faerieland]]. This is pretty much in keeping with the themes of most of his songs.

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* Folk musician Alexander James Adams Music/AlexanderJamesAdams was once known as Heather Alexander. His stage reason for this is that Heather was the changeling left in his place, of late returned to [[TheFairFolk Faerieland]]. This is pretty much in keeping with the themes of most of his songs.
1st Sep '17 10:26:16 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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One favorite game of TheFairFolk was to abduct human infants and leave behind a {{doppelganger}} or changeling. The human baby was taken back to the LandOfFaerie to be a soldier or slave. According to most European {{fairy tales}}, baby boys and children with golden hair were in particular danger of being stolen by [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and possibly replaced by an unwanted child (often a RedHeadedStepchild). Alternatively, the mother might be abducted, seduced, and impregnated by the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha de Danaan]] (or local equivalent), resulting in a ([[EnfantTerrible possibly malevolent]]) [[CreepyChild fairy child]]. We know for a fact that MamasBabyPapasMaybe was [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial [[totally not to blame]] in any of these incidents. Compare AlienAbduction.

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One favorite game of TheFairFolk was to abduct human infants and leave behind a {{doppelganger}} or changeling. The human baby was taken back to the LandOfFaerie to be a soldier or slave. According to most European {{fairy tales}}, baby boys and children with golden hair were in particular danger of being stolen by [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and possibly replaced by an unwanted child (often a RedHeadedStepchild). Alternatively, the mother might be abducted, seduced, and impregnated by the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha de Danaan]] (or local equivalent), resulting in a ([[EnfantTerrible possibly malevolent]]) [[CreepyChild fairy child]]. We know for a fact that MamasBabyPapasMaybe was [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial [[totally totally not to blame]] in any of these incidents. Compare AlienAbduction.
27th Aug '17 12:23:23 PM WillBGood
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* Children with the hereditary genetic [[http://www.answers.com/topic/williams-syndrome Williams-Beuren syndrome]] are sometimes called "fairy children". They are often smaller than average and show typical facial features: upturned snub nose, full lips, wide mouth, small chin, large eyes set wide apart. Children with blue or green eyes may show a starburst pattern in their iris. They are often mentally retarded but empathic, commonly have strong social skills and great verbal and musical talent.

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* Children with the hereditary genetic [[http://www.answers.com/topic/williams-syndrome Williams-Beuren [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_syndrome Williams syndrome]] are sometimes called "fairy children". They are often smaller than average and show typical facial features: upturned snub nose, full lips, wide mouth, small chin, large eyes set wide apart. Children with blue or green eyes may show a starburst pattern in their iris. They are often mentally retarded but empathic, commonly have strong social skills and great verbal and musical talent.
20th Aug '17 8:42:27 PM PaulA
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* In the ''[[Creator/MercedesLackey SERRAted Edge]]'' [[TheVerse 'verse]], the fey specifically only do this when the children have AbusiveParents. The reason given is that as nigh-immortals, Elves have a very low birth rate and thus value children very highly.

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* In the ''[[Creator/MercedesLackey SERRAted Edge]]'' Creator/MercedesLackey's ''[=SERRAted Edge=]'' [[TheVerse 'verse]], the fey specifically only do this when the children have AbusiveParents. The reason given is that as nigh-immortals, Elves have a very low birth rate and thus value children very highly.
22nd Jul '17 11:57:14 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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One favorite game of TheFairFolk was to abduct human infants and leave behind a {{doppelganger}} or changeling. The human baby was taken back to the LandOfFaerie to be a soldier or slave. According to most European {{fairy tales}}, baby boys and children with golden hair were in particular danger of being stolen by [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and possibly replaced by an unwanted child (often a RedHeadedStepchild). Alternatively, the mother might be abducted, seduced, and impregnated by the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha de Danaan]] (or local equivalent), resulting in a ([[EnfantTerrible possibly malevolent]]) [[CreepyChild fairy child]]. We know for a fact that MamasBabyPapasMaybe [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial was totally not to blame in any of these incidents]]. Compare AlienAbduction.

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One favorite game of TheFairFolk was to abduct human infants and leave behind a {{doppelganger}} or changeling. The human baby was taken back to the LandOfFaerie to be a soldier or slave. According to most European {{fairy tales}}, baby boys and children with golden hair were in particular danger of being stolen by [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and possibly replaced by an unwanted child (often a RedHeadedStepchild). Alternatively, the mother might be abducted, seduced, and impregnated by the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha de Danaan]] (or local equivalent), resulting in a ([[EnfantTerrible possibly malevolent]]) [[CreepyChild fairy child]]. We know for a fact that MamasBabyPapasMaybe was [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial was totally [[totally not to blame blame]] in any of these incidents]].incidents. Compare AlienAbduction.
30th May '17 2:31:13 PM Pichu-kun
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* Kristoff and his reindeer sibling Sven from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' were adopted by a group of trolls when they were children. In their case, they were presumed orphans and their adopted family took good care of them.

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* Kristoff and his reindeer sibling Sven from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' were adopted by a group of trolls when they were children. In their case, they were presumed orphans and their adopted family took good care of them. Kristoff happens to fit the blond cliche, however there's no proof he was ever replaced with another kid.
30th May '17 2:18:34 PM Pichu-kun
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* Kristoff and his reindeer sibling Sven from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' were adopted by a group of trolls when they were children. In their case, they were presumed orphans and their adopted family took good care of them.



* Heather Dale's ''Changeling Child'' is about this.

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* Heather Dale's Music/HeatherDale's ''Changeling Child'' is about this.this. An infertile woman asked the queen of the fairies for a child of her own however, being LiteralMinded, the fairies gave her a son [[NotAllowedToGrowUp who wouldn't grow]].
30th May '17 12:56:12 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Meanwhile, the "changeling" tag was used as a convenient explanation for physical or behavioral peculiarities that would [[ScienceMarchesOn nowadays be explained by medical science]]. Before genetic science became established, it was almost certainly one of the more common backstories used for members of TheFreakshow, as well as a potential rationale for abuse or infanticide.

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Meanwhile, the "changeling" tag was used as a convenient explanation for physical or behavioral peculiarities that would nowadays be {{demythtifi|cation}}ed by [[ScienceMarchesOn nowadays be explained by medical science]]. Before genetic science became established, it modern medicine and genetics [[DoingInTheWizard did in the wizard]], so to speak, this trope was almost certainly one of the more common backstories used for members of TheFreakshow, as well as a potential rationale for abuse or infanticide.
30th May '17 12:51:54 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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One favorite game of TheFairFolk was to abduct human infants and leave behind a {{doppelganger}} or changeling. The human baby was taken back to the LandOfFaerie to be a soldier or slave. According to most European {{fairy tales}}, boy babies and children with golden hair were in particular danger of being stolen by [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and possibly replaced by an [[RedHeadedStepchild unwanted child]]. Alternatively, the mother might be abducted, seduced, and impregnated by the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha de Danaan]] (or local equivalent), resulting in a ([[EnfantTerrible possibly malevolent]]) [[CreepyChild fairy child]]. We know for a fact that MamasBabyPapasMaybe [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial was totally not to blame in any of these incidents.]] Compare AlienAbduction.

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One favorite game of TheFairFolk was to abduct human infants and leave behind a {{doppelganger}} or changeling. The human baby was taken back to the LandOfFaerie to be a soldier or slave. According to most European {{fairy tales}}, boy babies baby boys and children with golden hair were in particular danger of being stolen by [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and possibly replaced by an [[RedHeadedStepchild unwanted child]].child (often a RedHeadedStepchild). Alternatively, the mother might be abducted, seduced, and impregnated by the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha de Danaan]] (or local equivalent), resulting in a ([[EnfantTerrible possibly malevolent]]) [[CreepyChild fairy child]]. We know for a fact that MamasBabyPapasMaybe [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial was totally not to blame in any of these incidents.]] incidents]]. Compare AlienAbduction.
20th Feb '17 10:25:05 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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One favorite game of TheFairFolk was to abduct human infants and leave behind a {{doppelganger}} or changeling. The human baby was taken back to the LandOfFaerie to be a soldier or slave. According to most European {{fairy tales}}, boy babies and children with golden hair were in particular danger of being stolen by [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and possibly replaced by an [[RedHeadedStepchild unwanted child]]. Alternatively, the mother might be abducted, seduced, and impregnated by the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha de Danaan]] (or local equivalent), resulting in a ([[EnfantTerrible possibly malevolent]]) [[CreepyChild fairy child]]. We know for a fact that {{adultery}} [[SarcasmMode was totally not to blame in any of these incidents.]] Compare AlienAbduction.

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One favorite game of TheFairFolk was to abduct human infants and leave behind a {{doppelganger}} or changeling. The human baby was taken back to the LandOfFaerie to be a soldier or slave. According to most European {{fairy tales}}, boy babies and children with golden hair were in particular danger of being stolen by [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and possibly replaced by an [[RedHeadedStepchild unwanted child]]. Alternatively, the mother might be abducted, seduced, and impregnated by the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha de Danaan]] (or local equivalent), resulting in a ([[EnfantTerrible possibly malevolent]]) [[CreepyChild fairy child]]. We know for a fact that {{adultery}} [[SarcasmMode MamasBabyPapasMaybe [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial was totally not to blame in any of these incidents.]] Compare AlienAbduction.
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