A Brief History of Fairy Folklore

A Brief History of Fairy Folklore

Fairies are magical and mysterious creatures. Some have the power to protect while others are simply devious pranksters. The fairies of older times were sometimes as dangerous as they were kind.

One of the records of fairies was by Gervase of Tilbury who documented English Folklore in the 13th century, referencing the belief in fairy-like beings called 'Portunes'. These mythical creatures were described as being no bigger than a finger and would help farmers with their daily tasks during the day. However, by night they would often join a lone horseman, taking the reigns of his horse to lead the animal and its rider into a nearby swamp. It was common belief at the time that you should not speak the name of a fairy out loud, as by doing so you could attract their presence and bring unwanted attention or misfortune. 

Midsummer Eve (1908c) - By Edward Robert Hughes

Over time, fairies came to be thought as positive sprites... who would only occasionally have one or two ill-mannered mishaps. They were referenced in poems, depicted in paintings and even captured on camera! Many of us are familiar with tales of fairies and a ring of toadstools, stories of fairy kings and queens, and the beautiful drawings of flower fairies by Cicely Mary Barker which continue to bring magic to the lives of children and adults today.

- The Dancing Fairy, featured in Conan Doyle’s The Coming of the Fairies (1922) 

Silver Focus Fairy Necklace
The Small Silver Focus Fairy Necklace by Joy Everley and Janice Cooke 

Cheerful tales of fairies help us escape the scepticism of modern times by reminding us to save a little sparkle of hope for that which is miraculous and unexplainable. Our collection of silver and gold plated fairy necklaces and earrings feature seven characters, each designed as a spirit with a quality or emotion in mind to watch over and guide you in this aspect of your life.

The seven spirits include The Integrity Fairy, The Intuition Fairy, The Angel of Grace, The Boy Fairy, The Focus Fairy, The Good Morning Good Night Fairy and The Laughter Fairy. 

"Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear."
- A Fairy Song by William Shakespeare

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