The Fairies of Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye, located on Scotland’s west coast, is an amazing landscape of grassy knolls, scenic hillsides, rock formations, and castles, where fairy folklore abounds. Almost everywhere you turn, there is a place ...
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Bad Fairy Case File #321: Yara Ma Yha Who

OFFENSES: Bloodsucking DESCRIPTION: Red skin, large head, suckers at the ends of hands and feet ALIAS: None PROVENANCE: Australian Aboriginal folklore The Yara-Ma-Yha-Who is a very strange creature, to be sure. The Australian Aboriginal ...
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Green Fairy Accoutrements

The drinking of absinthe is often very ritualized activity, involving specialty spoons, glasses, sugar cubes, and other beautifully decorated paraphernalia. You don’t have to be a vintage-lover to appreciate the delicacy and care that ...
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Shape-Shifting Changelings

Shape-Shifting Changelings… These sly, manipulative creatures are far from the selfish, unpleasant Changeling babies from classical folklore, who are, at worst, annoying and repulsive babies who torment their worried parents. Shape-shifting changelings are cunning, and ...
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Pan’s Labyrinth

These awesome magical creatures, shown above, are from Pan’s Labyrinth (© 2006 Esperanto Filmoj/Estudios Picasso/Tequila Gang) Pan’s Labyrinth is a dark fantasy film that follows the story of Ofelia, a young girl who discovers a ...
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La Fée Verte

“Absinthe is the aphrodisiac of the soul. The green fairy who lives in the absinthe wants your soul, but you are safe with me.” – Dracula, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) Absinthe was long thought ...
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Elvish Alternatives to Red and Green

Santa’s helpers? Christmas elves of the movie era are well-recognized as helpful little green-and-red-clad men with pointy ears who love to make toys—but the original elves were not quite so bubbly. In German, Scandinavian ...
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Warner Brothers / New Line Cinema, 2012) is the first film of the trilogy prequel to Lord of the Rings, and tells the tale of how Bilbo Baggins helps Gandalf ...
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The Huldufólk of Iceland

The Huldufolk, literally meaning “hidden people,” are a group of elusive elves, goblins, and trolls found in much of Icelandic folklore. They are said to live in an invisible dimension in houses built in the cracks ...
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The Mysterious Giants of the Plain of Jars

Enigmatic and mysterious, The Plain of Jars (sometimes called “The Asian Stonehenge”) is an incredible megalith landscape of huge hand-made stone jars located in Laos. Made up of mysterious caves and hundreds of hollowed-out ...
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