Faerie Dictionary

Here is a general list of the various Fae, and a general introduction to them.
Ankou Anthropophagi Asrais Ballybogs
Bean-Fionn Beansidhe Bean-Tighe Boggart
Brownies Brown Men Callicantzaroi Chi Spirits
Dinnshenchas Drakes Dryads Dybbuk
Ellyllons Elves Faes Fin Folk
Formorians Gancanagh Gandharvas Giants and Ogres
Gitto Gnomes Gremlin Guriuz
Gwargeth Annwn Heather Pixies Jimaninos Knockers
The Lady of the Lake Leanansidhe Leprechauns the Lorelei
Mazikeen Merpeople Nereides Nymphs
the Paian Phookas Pillywiggins Pixies
Robin Goodfellow Rusalki Santa Claus the Seelie Court
Shoplitties Snow Faeries Succubi and Incubi Trolls
Trooping Faeries the Tuatha De Dannon the Unseelie Court Vilas
Wilde Frauen the Yeti
Name: other names/place(s) of origion. Definitions...

Ankou: Death, Grim Reaper, Father Time/Cornwall, Brittany, Wales. Personification of Death who comes to collect souls of deceased humans. He is a male in a dark cowl and cloak; to see his face would be to die.

Anthropophagi/England. A headless cannibal, whose brain is believed to be near the reproductive organs. Their eyes lay in their shoulders, their mouth in the center of their chest. They lack noses which is beneficial to their diet of human flesh; However, they only kill humans when hungry. Most famed from William Shakespeare's plays "Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Othello."

Asrais: Water Lovers, Ashrays/Scotland. Water faeries who appear as male and females twenty-something in age. They have pale, translucent bodies and have often been mistaken as sea ghosts. They cannot live on land.

Ballybogs: Bogles, Peat faeries, Mudbogs, Bog-a-boos, Boggies, Boggans/Ireland, Cornwall, Wales, England. These are very small mud-covered creatures with bulbous bodies, no neck, and a round head. They're arms and legs are extrememly frail and twiggy and appear instable to the weight of their body. They are believed to be Guardian Spirits of the peat bogs.

Bean-Fionn(Ban-Shoan): Water Woman, Weiss Frau, Jenny Greentooth, Greentoothed Woman/Ireland, Germany, England. A female faery garbed in a white gown who lives beneath the streams nad lakes. She grabs children and drowns them while they are at work or play near the water's edge.

The Beansidhe(Banshee): Washer of the Shrouds, Washer at the Banks, Washer at the Fords, Cointeach, Cyrhiraeth, Cyoerraeth, Gwrach y Rhibyn, Hag of the Dribble, Eur-Cunnere Noe/Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Wales, Cornwall. An old hag washer woman faery seen at river and streamsides washing the shrouds of the dead. When she appears in this fornm in Ireland, however, she is properly called the Bean-Nighe. She can also be heard keening (a mournful cry) at night prior to a death.

Bean-Tighe(Ban-tee or Ban-teeg): Our Housekeeper/Ireland. Faeries who are believed to look like small peasant women, with kind, dimpled faces. They live near the hearth and finish the chores the tired woman of the house leaves undone and watches over the children while they sleep.

Boggarts: Hobgoblins, Goblins, Gobelins, the Boogey Man, Boogies, Padfoot, Boggans, Hobbers, Gobs, Blobs/Scotland. A male dwarf ugly faery who adopts a house for the sheer enjoyment of destroying things. They are very greedy and ill-tempered.

Brownies: House Brownie, Little Man, Nis, Domovoi, Yumboes, Chao Phum Phi, Hobs/Scotland, Denmark, Russia, North Africa, China, England. Very small male faeries with black eyes, and neat dress. It is believed they reward kindness to them and fellow beings (fae and human)by helping out in the house, farm, and performing other such helpful deeds.

Brown Men: Moor Men/Cornwall, Scotland. They are short thin male faeries who protect the animal life in the moors.

Callicantzaroi/Greece, Albania, Italy. Small, skinny, and nude trooping faeries that ride chickens and strike mischief on animals and humans, especially around Yule.

Chi Spirits/China. Benevolent energy spirits that adopt a home and smooth out the running of the household.

Dinnshenchas/Ireland: Dwarf female faeries who serve the Irish Goddess Aine(goddess of cattle, and protection of women), who shapeshift into various forms to avenge women harmed by men. They also guard cattle.

Drakes/England. Benevolent housespirits who bless the hearth and keep the fire wood dry in exchange for living in a home. They have never been known to react illy to human mistreatment.

Dryads:Tree Spirits, Tree Ladies, Druidesses, Hamadryads, Sidhe Draoi/all Celtic Countries. Capricious tree spirits that are androgynous, although referred to as female. They are generally seen as wisps of light. Their favorite tree is the willow, but live in all of the 13 Sacred Trees of the Druids. They are open to human contact, but it's rarely clear whether they're being helpful, playful, or teasing.

Dybbuk/Israel. Sexless spirits that invade human bodies and cause mmischief and evil.

Ellyllons/Corwall, Wales. Small inland lake faeries who ride eggshells for transportation. They are believed to be guardians of the Lady of the Lake of Arthurian legend fame.

Elves: Elb, Erl, Mannikin/Worldwide. They are small and chubby creatures the dress accordingly to the region the inhabit. Trooping elves are considered kind and benevolent; where solitary elves tend to be harmful. They are excellent at spinning cloth and making shoes. The benevolent will aid humans freely, where the other will seta price on their services.

Faes: Fee, Fada, Fata, Fas/Albania. Extremely capricious and teasing tiny winged seasonal faeries, but are benevolent. It is believed that they aid plants to adapt to the changing seasons.

Fin Folk: Sea Gardeners, the Lady's Own/Scotland, Cornwall, Wales. Anthropomaorphic faeries who live in a utopian underwater kingdoms that are encased in glass. Their favorite pastime is gardening nad their underwater lands are covered in rich foliage and bright colored flowers.

Formorians: The Formors/Ireland. Misshapen sea monsters, whose faery race was driven out of Ireland by the Tuatha De Dannon. They are ill-tempered and very stupid.

Gancanagh(Gon-cawn-ah): Ganconer/Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall. A male faery who materializes in isolated places and tries to seduce human females, who eventually will die for love of him.

Gandharvas/India. They are small faeries who live underground and possess great musical talents.

Giants and Ogres/Worldwide. Giants appear exactly as humans only much larger. Ogres are roughly the same size as humans, but have deformed faces, excessive hair nad occasionally a hump on their back. The ogre's tempermentis generally unfriendly and oafish, where a giant is six one way a half dozen the other.

Gitto: Griffith, Griffin, Gryphon, Geetoe/Wales. They possess the heads of horses, the bodies of goats, adn they have human speech and laughter. They also have wings, but can only fly short distances. They blight crops, and claim leftovers from the harvest after sundown of Samhain(soe-in).

Gnomes: Erdmanleins, Heinzemannchens, Nissen, Nisse, Nains, Tontti, Foddenskkmaend, Gnom, Djude, Mano, Kabouter, Skritek, Kleinmannekin, Domovoi Djendoes/Europe. They are both male and female, child and adult dwarf faeries who seem quite old for they mature quickly, but have long life spans. They are 12" tall and where old-fashioned peasant clothing, are kind-hearted and are always willing to aid sick and or frightened animals.

Gremlin: Gremblens, Gremlers, Sky Boogies, Widgets, Fifenellas/Germany, England. Creatures that once were able to fly, but oddly now cannot; they range in size from near human heighth to the very small. They are hairy all over and brownish in color; the have wild, malicious grins, and stubby ears like a terriors. They are very strong and can tear through metal without strain. They have no need foe food, water or air; or at least can go for long periods of time without. They tend to live in high altitudes and depise human flight.

Guriuz(Goor-ee-use)/Italy. Italian elves that bring the desired weather to Italian farmers, although they have not been seen in many years.

Gwrageth Annwn(Gwar-geth Ai-noon)/Wales. They are beautiful blonde water faeries who love children and aid mothers, children and the poor.

Heather Pixies: Moor Sprites/Scotland; Yorkshire, England: Faeries who have clear or golden auras and translucent, delicate wings. They are specifically attached to the moors and the heather in which they are covered in. They are very prankish creatures.

Jimaninos(him-ah-neen-yoes)/Mexico, Central America. They are small, pudgy, childlike, trooping faeries. They aid the Goddess in the turning of the Wheel of the Year. They usually shy from human contact with the exception of the Mexican festival El Dia de Muerte. On this day, they dance in the streets, visit the cemetaries, and play pranks.

Knockers: Cobylnaus, Black Dwarves, Wichlein, Gommes, Paras/Cornwall, Scotland, Wales, Finland, South Central Europe. Small mining dwarf faeries that play games with the miners, and knock where there is ore to be found. They have also been known to warn miners of danger.

The Lady of the Lake/Wales. Part of the Arthurian mythology; her arm holding the legendary sword Excalibur is the mostfrequent sighting by humans. She resides in Dosemary Pool, a lake in Cornwall.

Leanansidhe(lan-awn-shee)/Isle of Man. She is a beautiful vampire faery. It is believed she gives inspiration to poets in exchange for their lives or entrapment to her. It is also believed that instead of drinking the blood she steals, she pours it into a cauldron in which keeps her young and beautiful.

Leprechauns: The Gentry, Sheedem, Shedim/Ireland, Europe. A solitary male faery and a trickster who loves to play pranks on the humans he encounters. They wear fine green clothing and tri-corner hats. They are quick-witted (when sober), mischievious, but are helpful to humans when approached respectfully by humans. They are also believed to hoard a majikal pot of gold.

The Lorelei(Lore-ah-lie): Mary Player, Merewipers, Meerweibers, Sirens, Harfues/Germany, England. She is a beautiful young woman faery who sits atop a cliff nad sings luring sailors to their death in the rocks below.

Mazikeen/Middle East. They are winged faeries who can't fly; although, often mistaken for angels, their sole purpose is to steal food and drink for their constant parties.

Menahunas: Menahunes/Polynesia: The Polynesian version of the leprechaun.

Merpeople: Fish Folk, Mermaids, Mermen, Water Dancers, Blue Men, Merrows/Worldwide. They are creatures where the lower half of their body is that of a fish, and the upper half, that of a human. They appear in both male and female; but only in the form of beautiful adults. They are usually friendly to sailors, and have been known to save drowning humans.

Nereides: Exoticas/Greece, Sweden, Albania, Crete. Beautiful and graceful female water faeries, found mostly in the Aegan, who are dangerous to humans, mostly children.

Nymphs/Greece. A classification of nature spirits that are female and very seductive.

The Paian/Scandinavia. The dwarf faery congress of Scandinavia.

Phookas: Kornbockes, Bookhas, Bwcas, Pwcas/Ireland, Wales, Scandinavia. Creatures whose heads resemble human males and bodies of horses. They can fly limited distances, although they have no wings. They are trooping faeries who run in unruly packs; they love wreaking havoc and will go out of their to do so to crops and children.

Pillywiggins: Flower Faeries, Spring Faeries/England, Wales. Small, playful creatures who resemble Pixies, whose soul purpose is to tend to the spring flowers.

Pixies: Grigs, Dusters, Piskies, Pisgies, Pechts, Pech, Picker/Scotland, England, Cornwall. A small winged creature with a head slightly larger in proportion than the rest of their body, pointed ears and noses, and arched eyebrows. They are generally friendly, but extremely capricious and prankish.

Robin Goodfellow: Puck, Pan, Jack Robinson/England, Greece, Celtic Lands, Germany. He has the head of a young male, and the body of a goat; he is playful, has a lusty nature, and adores playing pranks on humans. On his head he has two small horns and carries pan pipes which he plays while he dances.

Rusalki/Russia. Beautiful green haired female water faeries who like playing water games with humans. Occasionally, and unintentionally these games can become dangerous.

Santa Claus: St. Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Sinter Klass, The Holly King, King of Waning Year/Europe, Turkey, Western Asia. A one-of-a-kind portly faery, who wears a red or green suit and keeps a sprig of holly in his hat. His is always shown smiling nad jolly, and is benevolent, especially to children.

The Seelie Court: The Blessed Ones, the Sluagh/Scotland. The court of air and above ground trooping faeries, that are considered benevolent to humans.

Shopiltties: Sea Horses/The Shetland and Ornkey Islands. Playful little water horses who were friendly with both sailors and humans along the sea shore.

Snow Faeries: Frost Fearies, Winter Faeries, Jack Frost, the Frost King, Old Man Winter, Snow Queen, Father Frost/Europe, Asia. They are seasonal faeries varying in appearance and sex nad number, depending on the region. Their single purpose is to bring winter to the world.

Succubi and Incubi/Middle East, India, the Orient. The succubi are female faeries that sexually attack human males; the incubi are male faeries that sexually attack human females. They see humans as their perverse toys.

Trolls: Trolds, Hill Men, Berg People/Germany, Scandinavia. Varying in size, but are larger than most faeries; they are grotesque, ill-mannered, hairy, and bipedal. They hate animals, humans, and other faeries.

Trooping Faeries: Faeries that travel in packs.

The Tuatha De Dannon: Irish Faeries, the Royalty, the Gentry/Ireland. One of the faery races to conquer Ireland. They were believed to be fair, just, warrior-like trooping faeries that utterly resembled humans only slightly smaller.

The Unseelie Court/Scotland. The court of the underground and evil trooping faeries.

Vilas: Vily, Vilishkis/European Alps, Poland. Female forest faeries that are so beautiful that once human male lay eyes on them. they are longed after eternally. They shun involvement with humands, but have rescued humans from Alpine disasters by guiding dogs and rescue teams.

Wilde Frauen: Elles, Elle Maids/Germany, Scandinavia. Female wood sprites that range in age from old age to childhood and stand 3' tall.

The Yeti: Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Abominable Snowman, the Snow Monster, the Gorilla Man/Asia, North America. A large, hairy, bipedal creature that is light brown to white in color, and rather gorilla-like in appearance.

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