Hi! Sorry for not posting for so long. I’ve written an article about fairies and I was wondering if it was good enough to go in press so I posted it here. Tell me what you think!
‘Lots of people have the wrong idea of fairies. They think that all fairies are happy little creatures who wave their wands and grant wishes. This is not true. Fairies are mischievous little beings who don’t like people at all. Read more to find out what fairies really are.
Firstly, we should get the name straight. The original name is ‘faerie’ not ‘fairy’. The word ‘faerie’ comes from French, and first came to use in England from the Tudor period. Other names used are fayre, fey or the little folk. There are more names but these are the most common.
Now that we have settled the name, we should probably learn what kind of mischievous acts they do. It usually depends on how big the faerie is. If it is a small faerie (the size of a newly bought pencil), it will usually do small harmless acts, like suddenly tying your shoelaces together or turning sugar into salt. However, if the faerie is big (the size of a five year old child), it can do things a bit more harmful, such as stealing eggs from a farm or thoroughly milking a cow so that when the farmer comes, there is no milk left.
Of all the naughty things they do, all big faeries can do a very evil deed—switch a human child with a faerie child. You might wonder why a faerie might do this. The answer is that the faerie child is usually deformed, sick or doesn’t have the normal powers of a faerie. On the other hand, the human child is exceedingly charming or will come to have a special talent in the future. This is why they switch children. The faerie child replaced with the human child is called a changeling. Usually, the change takes place before the christening of a child, so that the child won’t have any special protection from God.
So that the parents will not notice the change, the faeries will put a spell on the changeling. This spell is called Faerie Glamour. Faerie Glamour makes it possible for an object to look like another object. In this case, the spell will make the changeling look like the original child. More often than not, the spell is only temporary and will slowly wear off. However, if the spell does not wear off, the spell will last forever and the changeling will always look like the original child. Faerie Glamour is also used for quick transformation. For example, if a person suddenly came whilst a faerie was out, the faerie would quickly change into a bird and disappear from sight. Faerie Glamour is also used to change normal pebbles into gold coins for payment, only to return to its normal state a few hours or days later. Faeries also use this spell when they want to go to town to buy things. They make themselves look as if they are really human.
Some ways to differentiate a faerie from an actual human is that the faerie will wear out of date clothing and the speech will be stilted, old-fashioned or rhyming. Ways to know a changeling from a human child is that the changeling will like honey more than other children and the color of the eyes will constantly change. The changeling will hate anything made out iron, such as belts or horseshoes.
There are a couple of things you can do to protect yourself from faerie mischief. Some of the simplest ways are to wear red, turn your clothing inside out, or to be near running water. Certain objects, such as iron or salt, are also useful because faeries hate them and actually get hurt if they touch these items. Faeries won’t pester you if you use these devices. A faerie will also hate the midsummer bonfire and the wood that it is made of.
Faeries are different from the way you expected, aren’t they? Now you’ll know when you read a fairy-tale that faeries aren’t really like that. Although faeries are certainly naughty, I believe that these kinds are more fun than the la-di-da kind.’
Hope you enjoyed it!