Early Fairy History
shows that the belief in the existence of fairies was first known and is based on the fae of medieval Western European folklore. The early stories about these Fairies have become know as Fairy Tales. Historically, these Fairytales
often identify a variety of other beings from other mythologies.
Here are references to some of these other mythical creatures:
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, shows some of the theories that speculate on the origins of these fantastic little creatures:
1. They are souls that were never baptized.
2. They are souls caught between heaven and Hell. They have not been good enough to get into heaven, but they have not committed a bad enough sin to deserve Hell. They are in limbo.
3. These are fallen angels. It is believed that Angels that were loyal to Lucifer were also thrown out of heaven with him. God stopped them from being cast into Hell in mid-flight. He made them remain exactly where they were at the time. That is why some of these enchanted beings can fly in the air, many make living in the earth their home and others live in rivers, ponds, lakes and the ocean. Irish Folklore and folklore from Scotland, Scandinavia and others all have very similar accounts.
4. They are nature spirits. Somewhat analogous to the fallen-angel theory, this theory holds that they are among the many spirits that populate all things and places in the earth.
5. They are diminutive human beings. There is evidence that small-structured races populated parts of Europe and the British Isles in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, before the spread of the Celts. In Ireland, they were known as the Thuathe de Danaan.
They resided in barrows and in shelters burrowed under hills and mounds. They were hard working but shy, and, as stronger peoples invaded their land and captured their iron weaponry, they retreated to the woodlands to live a secretive life. Being pagan, they continued to worship the pagan deities. They were in union with nature and possessed keen psychic senses. Their skills and trades allowed them to lead somewhat normal lives while raising diminutive cattle and horses.
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Belief in these mystical creatures is thought to exist in almost every culture throughout Fairy History and is most prevalent in Europe and the British Isles. This belief spread to America during the colonization period and is still strong in the Appalachians, Ozarks, and other remote mountainous regions.
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Originally the elusive nature of these races were regarded with suspicion by larger races. Belief in them was thought to be superstitious. However, gradually more people began endowing these little people with magical characteristics. The races such as the Lapps, Picts and Romano-British-Iberian peoples, were not so small as to be unable to mingle with the Celts, Normans and Saxons. Although many became servants and serfs, others married and mixed bloodlines. Until the 13th century, having fairy blood was admired.
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Fairy History literature about these creatures appears quite frequently from the Middle Ages on. Most of this literature is referred to as "Fairy Tales", and appears in the writings of the English poet, Edmund Spenser, The Dane, Hans Christian Andersen, the Italians, Matteo Boiardo and Ludovico Ariosto, the Frenchman Charles Perrault and many others.
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