Ten Things About Fairies

I wrote this guest post for JL Bryan’s Midsummer Dream Fair, inspired by his Songs of Magic Series , but it’s too fun to lose so I’m archiving it here:

10 fun facts about fairies.

1. Where do fairies come from? The oldest and strongest fairies were once fallen angels. These are the lightest fae and the darkest—the most benign, and the most dangerous.

Some fae were once humans who got lost in the fairylands (where time works differently). As magic permeated them to their souls, they turned. They became immortal and beautiful—but they lost their humanity and their capacity for compassion.

A fairy can begin as a faeling—the child of a human-fae coupling. If the child is born in the fairylands, she turns almost immediately. If born in the human world, she may never know about her fairy nature.

2. Fairies hate iron. A fairy feels icky near iron, like he just smelled rotten eggs or walked barefoot on broken glass. A fairy can’t escape an iron cage—it nullifies his magic. Iron gives fairies horrific headaches. Speaking of headaches—and having nothing to do with iron—a fairy can give a human an instant headache.

sparkle fairy 3. Fairies love all things sparkly.
All but the oldest of fae are easily distracted by a shiny object. Fairies like crystal jewelry. Brownies are charmed by Christmas tree tinsel—though they hate when it falls on the floor. Sprites adore starshine. Goblins covet bright-cut silver and gold.

4. Fairies expect good manners, but they loathe being thanked. “Thank you” insults them. As if a mere word is sufficient acknowledgement of their favor! But they do like gifts of appreciation. In an episode of Lost Girl , Kenzie loved it when a brownie made delicious treats for her and Bo and cleaned up their messy house. But when she took him for granted, things went bad. All he wanted was his favorite cereal!

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5. It’s dangerous to accept favors from fairies. See #4: Mere gratitude won’t be adequate payment. The fairy will want something in return. It might be your iPad. It might just be the cheap sparkly earrings you’re wearing.

But if you’re in a fairy story you know he’ll more likely want the one thing you don’t want to give—and when it’s most inconvenient to give it. Accepting fairy magic generally does not turn out well. If you think about it, in most fairy tales there’s always a problem with the wish a fairy grants!

6. Troop Night is the fairy version of New Year’s Eve. On Troop Night (called Halloween or Mischief Night by humans) the fairies gather together then troop out into the human world in a long, long procession. If they’re light fae, they spend the hours from midnight to dawn granting favors and doing good deeds. If they’re dark they cast curses, pull pranks, and create havoc.

7. Fairies don’t like bread or salt. If you want to keep a trinket safe from fairies, pour a circle of salt around it. It’s a good idea to keep a holy cake in your pocket when you go abroad at night, especially on Troop Night. If you see a fairy, throw crumbs or salt at it – and run!

8. In the fairylands, time is different. Never, never, never go into the fairylands without an exit strategy. Time passes so fast there, a hundred years can feel like a day. Be careful! In Give Me , the breaking spell that lets a human escape is to say “I forgive you” three times to the fairy who detained you.

9. Fairies like to steal babies and replace them with changelings. Okay, personally I don’t get this. Babies require a lot of work, and fairies are more interested in play. If they wanted a human to play with, why not take one that’s at least potty trained?

My theory is the babies they try to steal are faelings, and they believe they’re only returning the child to its proper world.

10. Above all things, fairies love music.
And they’re good at making it. Fairy music can keep a human dancing until their feet fall off and bloody stumps are all that’s left. In the Songs of Magic series, when Jason steals enchanted instruments from the fairylands, his band becomes a sensation. Of course, there’s a price to be paid…

Have fun at the fair!

Tales of Wyrd and Fae


32 thoughts on “Ten Things About Fairies

  1. Thank you, Kathleen – I’m so glad!

    I am actually writing the next book in this series right now. It’s called War of the Wyrd A Glimmering Girl. I don’t have a release date yet, but I’ll post more as I get closer.

  2. Thanks for this great list! I was surprised to find that I knew most of these already … but I suppose you can’t read fairytales all your life and NOT know details like these 🙂 Your books look quite intriguing … going to check them out for sure!!

  3. Yeah I belived in fairies my whole life and I think that you should not try to catch fairies let them be (you can still talk to them outdoors) if you find one

  4. Im going to find fairies today actully and befreind with it but not catch it beacause that would be mean lol:-)

  5. Hey lk riegel I made a fairy house but no fairys are coming I have glitter ducktape and sugar what can I do

  6. It’s up to the fairies to decide if you get to see them. Be careful! Some fairies will play music so beautiful that you dance until your feet become bloody stumps.

  7. some stuff is true, but some isn’t true , like stealing babies. fairies are good ,not bad!

  8. Thanks so much for all of the facts I am writing a story and I needed some fae facts but don’t worry I will give you credit!!!

  9. Hello, I happen to research about fairies and stumble in this interesting article. My friend happened to see a fairy while she was 8 years old. She saw the fairy in a mountainous place here in the Philippines. It was a white, shining, lady carrying a magic wand on her hand while she was smiling on my friend. Up to this day the memory was still fresh according to her. Now, I and some of my friends plans to go to that mountainous place where those fairies dwells to offer them something and make a wish. I don’t know if this sounds crazy but we want to try this if they will grant our wish. What could be your advise in this? Im planning to offer them something sparkly instead of food with salt. please advise me.. thank you..

  10. I tried, unsuccessfully, to post pictures here. But fairies are indeed very real. Just like angels are here to look after people, fairies are etheric spirits that watch over nature. They don’t steal babies. They’re lovely, and at times will tease. Like people, different fairies have different personalities. But they’re shy unless you’ve earned their trust. The fairies in my yard have actually planted flowers that they apparently like. They often leave hearts for me too, just as a reminder of our mutual love and respect for each other. I sometimes leave them chocolate, honey, cream, or fairy cakes, they also love my home made pesto as basil is one of their favorite things. I also feed birds and other wildlife, which they appreciate. But most importantly, pick up trash when you see it, even if it isn’t your trash. Sometimes, they’ll test your true character and give you little tests like that. They can read your character and know your heart. You can’t lie to them. But if you have a kind, pure heart, and you honestly care for nature and the Earth, you’ll have an easier time attracting them.

  11. I think I have had an encounter with a fairy. here is the story, well one day like usual I go out and refill my bird feeder and I clean out my neighborhood. and then I heard some sort of flapping of wings above my head and I also saw a shadow. once I looked up and I saw nothing there. I looked around and there were no birds near me. then the next day I am by my window and I see a butterfly that keeps on bumping into my window like it is trying to get in and it did that for a couple of minutes and left. please help me explain this.
    p.s. love your facts but I don’t quite believe the baby stealing one

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  14. That was so good!!!!!!!!!! I’m going to make a fairy house right now. I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    # I love fairy land!

  15. Im glad I came across this site. Im writing a series were one of the main charecters finds out he is a fairie and needed a bit of information on the type of faries he will be encountering. I plan on making a type of farie all my own.

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  17. hii… i actually don’t know anything about fairies. whether they exist or not.
    dear writes just want to ask u one thing that if we make fairies house definitely they will come or not
    i’m form india .maharashtra.nagpur

  18. I love fairies, that’s why i became interested with your story thank you for these ten things. I really appreciate it.

  19. I have always loved faries and have been intrigued by them and have believed in them pretty much my whole life,but up until recently I stopped thinking about them, so I have been doing my research in hopes to someday have an encounter with them so I loved this article and was hoping for advice and/or other article recommandations

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