Fantasy Creatures in folklore, are a variety of supernatural beings all endowed with the powers of magic and enchantment. Belief in these mythological creatures has existed from the very earliest times, and literature from all over the world have tales of these mythical creatures and their inter-action with humans.
Each culture has it's own unique mythological creatures and they appear in various shapes and forms.
Folklore has many names and definitions for fantasy creatures. Most folk tales and fairy tales are about some kind of mythical creature.
They are characters in stories from medieval times, the days of chivalry, the Victorian era and even today in modern literature.
They think that these mythical creatures are a form of nature spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural. These fantasy creatures are sometimes good and sometimes evil and almost all have super natural powers. In some of these tales they exist in a place between heaven and earth. In other fantasy tales it is believed that they reside here on earth and live sometimes very close to us. In all cases they possess magical powers that are non-human depending on the type of fantasy creature.
The term fairies is sometimes used to describe any fantasy magical creature. For our discussion, Fairy will be a specific kind of mythical creature that is human like with some additional magical powers. Goblins and gnomes fit this description as well as some of the more ethereal creatures such as pixies, fairies, elves, faeries, fey, fae, elf, dwarf, wee folk and more.
Another group, less human in appearance, would include dragons, mermaids, unicorns, Pegasus and many others.
This site contains a great deal of information about most all mythological creatures including Pixies Fairies Elves. See the following pages for an in depth discussion of some of the better known mythical creatures.
Fairies might be thought of as small, feminine, very delicate creatures dressed in pastel or white cloths that live in fairyland. They do manage to get involved in human lives, but always with good intentions.
There is a great deal of Fairy Art being done by famous artists such as Amy Brown Fairies. Some of the fairy artwork is free and can be found at Free Fairy Art.
Fairies pictures are also very popular for doing fairy drawings, especially pencil drawings of fairies. Young people may sit for hours doing a pencil drawing of a fairy.
Elves are very beautiful youthful looking men and women with great magical powers. They live underground or in caves in the forest. These are almost always near a well or spring. Elfs live a very long time and some are considered to be immortal.
Christmas elves are probably the best known of all the North Pole elves or the most recognized of all the pixies fairies elves unless maybe the Keebler elves with their cookies are seen more often.
Dwarfs are a magical creatures that are associated with age and wisdom. Their pictures almost always are with beards. They have great knowledge, particularly of craftsmanship. Metallurgy is one of their great skills. They are said to have made some of the great artifacts of legend.
Leprechauns are Irish mythical creatures that seem to be found only in Irish folklore. They are described as male faerie that appear as tiny, wizen-faced old men that inhabit the isle of Ireland. There are many leprechaun legends and leprechaun stories that come from the early 19th century.
Mermaids are legendary creatures that live in the sea and have the upper body and torso of a beautiful woman and the lower body of a fish. Mermaids are thought to be enchantresses who are capable of wooing men to their deaths through the sound of their songs.The term "Sea Sirens" or "Sirens mythological creatures" is sometimes used instead of mermaids. This occurs often when used with sirens in Greek mythology. Are Mermaids Real?????
Dragons, in early cultures, when they appear, seem to be created from parts of various creatures. Most images have eagle's feet and wings, lion's front paws, head of a snake, scales like a fish, giant horns and a alligator body and tail, which sometimes extended the whole length of the creature.
Fairy Tales - There are many fairy stories and fairy tales about these fantasy creatures. Some of the Classic Fairytales are Cinderella, Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, Alice In Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and many more.