Created By: DragonQuestZ on May 8, 2011 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on March 14, 2012

Folklore Fairy Folk

An index about fairies and their various incarnations in mythology.

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Elves, fairies, knomes, sprites, pixies, even goblins, are part of a group of supernatural creatures from folklore, that are often mischievous as often as they are helpful.

I'd start a list of tropes, but I first want to discuss what kind of creatures should be included in this index.
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  • May 9, 2011
    jate88
    Our Fairies Are Different might be a good place to start.
  • May 9, 2011
    jaytee
    nvm.
  • May 9, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ I know them. Elves as well. What I mean is what other creatures should be included? Goblins? Gnomes? Trolls? Dryads?
  • May 10, 2011
    jaytee
    I just want to make sure I am understanding your intention correctly: index of tropes related to folklore/fantasy creatures? Or just an index of the creatures themselves? (Or is it just Fairies/The Fair Folk?)
  • May 10, 2011
    jaytee
    And if it is just fairies, faeries and The Fair Folk, maybe we could just have an index section on that page. I can't imagine the link list would be too long.
  • May 10, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    The creatures and the tropes related to them. But the thing is folklore is too broad to limit it to them, which is why I'm asking for help.
  • May 11, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    I think the definition is that it must be a)humanoid, but non-human, b)have some sort of magical ability and c )preferably have some basis in folklore/mythology to qualify as a fairy. That's the best definition I could come up with, but then there are some exceptions- I consider gremlins to be fairies, but they were only invented in the last 100 years or so.

    Also:
    • Nymphs (dryads, naiads, neriads, oreads, etc)
    • Merfolk?
    • Dwarves?
    • Definitely goblins, hobgoblins, brownies, gnomes, gremlins etc
    • Will'o'the Wisp
    • Sprites
    • Nature spirits/elementals
  • May 11, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Should they all come from European folklore, or allow other regions?
  • May 11, 2011
    Ryuuma
    ^ Does Youkai count as "Fairy Folk?"
  • May 11, 2011
    jate88
    Usually any creature from celtic or germanic mythology is considered Fair Folk. Greek mythology is a bit strange because while the gods usually aren't considered fair folk, some of the lesser beings are. Jinns are considere Fair Folk as well but I'm not sure about other beings from Abrahamic and Middle Eastern mythology.
  • May 11, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Thanks for the input so far. Any more to add?
  • May 12, 2011
    Ryuuma
    Well, Youkai are the closest thing Japan has to Fairy Folk, so may count.
  • May 12, 2011
    LarryD
    I suggest one other criteria, they must live on this world, not another realm, at least originally. This would exclude the mythic gods but include the nature/animal spirits.

    And yes, I'd include Youkai, and the local spirits of Native American folklore as well.
  • May 12, 2011
    jate88
    ^ Their usually nature spirits but they also have weird underhill thing where something appears small on the outside but there's tons of space on the inside. I've always thought of it as their portals into parallel worlds are at fixed locations on this plane where as other magical creatures can teleport at will between planes.
  • May 15, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Also, some stories have these creatures living in another world, but if it's the folklore that counts, it can still work.
  • May 16, 2011
    jate88
    ^^ What about african, south american, and mythology from all the other cultures not mentioned.
  • May 23, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ How many of those are similar to fairy folk?
  • May 24, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    ^Depends on how you define "fairy folk". In the OP, you mentioned being "mischeivous", however, this portrayal in European culture didn't come around until Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream. Prior to that, they were considered malicious creatures, pretty much equivalent to demons.
  • May 24, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ That is actually what I meant. I just didn't realize "mischief" meant something far milder or I wouldn't have used that word.
  • May 24, 2011
    jate88
    ^^ I'm not an expert on mythology and folklore so I don't know. I was just curious where the line was being drawn if non-European creatures are included.
  • May 25, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    Well, Youkai don't need to be listed here, since they have their own page... maybe we just need to start a whole "mythology and folklore" series, with different pages for different cultures. I'd limit the term "fairy" to European stuff for now. Just put some examples in the original post and see if it develops from there.
  • May 25, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ This is an index. Examples are for Our Fairies Are Different, Our Elves Are Better, Our Goblins Are Different, and others.
  • September 7, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    Bump.
  • March 14, 2012
    Catbert
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