Fairy Noble YKTTW Discussion
A Lord or Lady of FairiesBetter Name
This is a Fairy that comes in the form of a majestic and aristocratic figure. Often female. Midway between The Fair Folk and Tolkien style elves, he or she has the majesty of the latter but the mystery of the former. Often called "the lady of whatever". This kind can either be benevolent or malevolent depending on the author's wishes but are not folks to be crossed either way. If you win the favour of one, it might have vague(usually implied rather then blatantly stated by the author) relations to Fairy Sexy. But don't bring that up until then. They don't like impertinence. Compare Supernatural Elite. Also compare The High Queen.
- King Brian in Darby O'Gill and the Little People is a humorous take on this. Most versions of noble fairies are more dignified.
- The Lady in Daughter of the Forest. She appears as Sorcha's patron and directs her in how to release her brothers from the spell.
- The title character of Spenser's The Faerie Queene. Generally thought to have been an allegory for Elizabeth I; because, you know, even great authors do need promotions when they do civil service work.
- Luthien first appears to Beren as this in The Silmarillion. At that time he is a Shell-Shocked Veteran after his long journey. Luthien appears as a mysterious young maiden dancing in the forest.
- The fairy royalty in The Iron King series qualifies, there are Oberon and Titania as the Summer King and Queen, Mab as the Winter Queen, played with Leanansidhe since her "Queen of the Exiles" title is self-proclaimed, and later on Meghan as the Iron Queen
- In War for the Oaks, both the Seelie and Unseelie Courts are ruled by their own respective Queens of the Fairies.
- The Faerie Queene in Sir Walter Scott's ballad Thomas The Rhymer, later set to music by folk-rockers Steeleye Span.
True Thomas sat on Huntley Bank'When he beheld a lady gay;In manner she was brisk and bold,Come riding oe'r the ferney brae;Her skirt was of the grass-green silk,Her mantle of the velvet fine;At every lock of her horse's maneHung sixty silver bells and nine....
- In Terry Pratchett's Discworld, the chaotic, malevolent, mslicious Elves seen in Lords and Ladies and "The Wee Free Men''. The Elf Queen is vicious, imerious, capricious and not nice to meet. Her lieutenant, Lord Lankin, is a psychopath who commands and demands respect. The King of the Elves is loud, rumbustious, undeniably male, and slow to grasp current realities on the Disc. There are also the Wee Men themselves, the rioting, chaotic, Nac Mac Feegle, whose clans each have a Queen, called a Kelda, who is generally wise, motherly, thoughtful and somewhat regal, in her own way. '
- The Courts of the Fae, Queen Mab in particular, play a fairly large role in the overall story arc of The Dresden Files.
- Alan Garner's fantasy novel The Moon of Gomrath introduces traditional British Elves (based on Nordic and Celtic mythology) the lios-alfar. Their king Atlendor is haughty, imperious, and a little bit stiff-necked and pompous. As humans in Britain have industrialised, pollution, the smoke-sickness, has forced Elves to flee to the barren mountains - Snowdonia and the Scottish Highlands. He is consequently no friend of humans.
- In Lost Girl, the Ash rules the Light Fae, and the Morrigan rules the Dark; both in a very feudal manner. Also, Trick, the bartender, was once a ruler, and is still referred to as The Blood King by some.
- In A Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon and Titania are the King and Queen of the fairies.
- The Lady of the Lake in the King Arthur legends.
- Queen Mab was the traditional Queen of the Fairies - I think she features in Spenser's poem The Faerie Queene. Confusingly, Lords and Ladies is another name for all fairies, as referred to in Terry Pratchett's novel.
- Odin Sphere has Queen Elfaria and technically her daughter Mercedes. One could also count Melvin, who, while not a royal, is still the Leader of the Black Knights and a noble among the fairies.
- The "Wild Hunt" arc of Tales Of The Questor centered around an Unseleighe princeling extorting a king's ransom from a small duchy for fun. Or so it seemed until Quentyn threw a Spanner In The Works and it turned out he was just a minor courtier trying to gain status by restoring one of the court's former hunting grounds.