Faeries E-J

Elaby Gathan: A faerie familiar often evoked in magical spells in England throughout the 1600s.

Ellyllons: This is the name of Welsh faeries. They are very tiny, smaller than the Tylwyth Teg, with light skin and hair. Their garments are silken and usually white in color. They love to eat fairy butter, fungus growing on the roots of certain plants, and toadstools. They love cleanliness and have been known to reward those who keep their houses especially immaculate.

Fata Morgana: See Morgan le Fée

Fear Dearc (Red Man, Far Darrig, Fir Darrig, Fir Dhearga): The Fear Dearc looks very much like a furry rat, with a short, stocky body. As is apt for his nickname, he dresses all in red  He is known to delight in mischief and mockery, and can be a vicious practical joker, and has been know to give evil dreams. Human terror amuses the him. It is advisable to say 'Na dean maggadh fum' or 'do not mock me' when you encounter a Fear Dearc, that way you cannot be used in his mischief. Despite all his pranks, the Fear Dearc desires only to show favor. He will actually bring luck to those whom he approves of, but cannot resist a his teasing and taunting.

Finvarra (Finavara, Finn Bheara, Finbeara, Fionnbharr): He is known as the king of the Irish Sidhe. The other nobel Sidhe owe him and his consort, Onagh, allegiance. He is renowned for his benevolence and help towards the humans in Cnoc Meadha in Galway. For those humans that serve him, he repays them with fine horses, harvest, and other riches. He become the guardian of Lord Kirwan's family and possessions after stealing away his bride and returning her unharmed.

Folletti: These Italian female faeries can be seen traveling in the wind, causing dust swirls. They can take on the appearance of butterflies at will. They are often mischievous, but not outwardly aggressive to humans.

Folletto: These are the male version of the Folleti. The only exception is that their feet point backwards and can change the weather at will.

Frau Holle: See Holle

Gan Ceanach (Gancanagh, Ganconer, Gan-Ceann, The Love Talker): This Irish faerie's name literally translates to "Love Talker". He would show up in glens, smoking his clay pipe. He had no shadow, birds stopped their singing in his presence, and there was an aura of mist surrounding him. Men who lost all their money by buying baubles for their ladies were said to have met the Gan Ceanach. He would also seduce young maidens with his enchanting voice and whispered nonsense then would promptly disappear, leaving the maiden to pine away for him.

Ghillie Dhu: These are Scottish faeries that dress in foliage and double as tree guardians. They dislike humans and jealously guard birch trees from them. These faeries once heavily populated Scotland but are rarely seen anymore.

Girle Guairle: The name of an Irish faerie. Girle Guairle offered her help to a busy Irish wife who was worried about finishing her spinning, with the stipulation that the wife remember her name. As soon as the faerie left with flax, the wife forgot her name. The wife, panicking because she had no flax and worried about what her husband would say, walked to a faerie ring where Girle Guairle sang about herself and how proud she was of her new flax. The next morning, when the faerie came back, the wife greeted her by name. Girle was obligated to hand over the spun work as per their agreement and left in a rage.

Glaistig: A female faerie member of the fuaths, which were a group of malevolent water dwellers. She had the ability to change her shape from woman, to half goat and half woman, to full goat. She would wait by the banks of a stream and beg any passerby to carry her across the water, who she would then devour. She had another side to her though, that of helpful domestic faerie. She might clean and order house while the patrons slept, or herd their cattle at night. Much like the Bean-sidhe, would wail before the death of a family member, and seem to care for the sick, elderly, and infants.

Godda: The faerie in Shropshire, England lore who became wife of Wild Edric.

Gofannon: In Welsh lore, he is the blacksmith of the Tylwyth Teg.

Green Knight: A faerie knight in the legendary tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. He's aptly named the Green Knight because his skin, clothes, armor, and weapons were all green.

Green Ladies: They are usually found in elm, oak, willow, and yew trees. These tree faeries are easily offended if their trees were not treated with proper respect, so people used to ask permission from them before cutting a branch from it. In Derbyshire, farmers still plant primroses at the feet of such trees in order to be rewarded with wealth and longevity. In Scotland, the same name was given to a faerie who would haunt a family just before a death was imminent in the shape of trailing ivy.

Grim: A faerie whose wails foretell the death of the sick. At night, it would assume the form of a large black dog or owl and would settle itself  to howling below the window of the dying.

Gumnut Babies: These compromise Bib, Bub, Snugglepot, Cuddlepie, Ragged Blossom, Narnywo, Nittersing, and Chucklebud. They look like small, chubby elves or a flower faerie, each dressed with the flower they represent. They inhabit Gumnut Town in Australia Bush with the insects being their attendants. They love music, dancing, and any kind of revelry.

Gwyn ap Knudd (Gwyn ap Nudd): He was the faerie king of the Plant Annwn, the Welsh subterranean faeries.

Habetrot (Habitrot, Habtrot): A kindly faerie who is the patron of spinsters and spinning. Though she appears to be very old and ugly, with deformed lips, she has been known to help women who have little skill weaving or spinning. She lives under a huge stone in a grassy knoll with her sisters, amongst who is Scantile Mab, who is even uglier. A garment woven by her was said to keep ailments from the wearer.

Habonde (Abundia, Wandering Dame Abonde): A faerie of English origin. She appears to be a beautiful woman with dark braided hair. She wears a golden diadem or circlet with a star on her head, signifying that she is a faerie queen.

Hobgoblin (Robgoblin, Hobgoblinet): A kind of nature faerie that is described as being like a very ugly little elf. It can be helpful and tolerant of humans, but, like all faeries, are capable of playing mischievous and spiteful pranks.

Holle (Frau Holle, Hollen, Hoide, Holda, Hulda, Huldra, Huldu, Hulla, Mistress Venus): A beautiful German faerie she live in the Thuringian Mountains with her attendants. She would try to lure men into her lair.

Jili Ferwtan: She is the Welsh version of Girle Guairle. She came upon a woman who didn't have time to finish her spinning. She promised to do the work, and return it to the woman only if the woman could remember her name upon three days time. As soon as Jili Ferwtan left, the woman had forgotten her name. In a panic, she set about searching for the faerie and finally found her singing as she worked. The faerie revealed her name in the song, and the woman was able to state her name when the time came.



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