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#AtoZChallenge: Fairies

07 Apr

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This is my first year participating in the A to Z Challenge. The list of participants can be found here. Thanks to Arlee Bird and the co-hosts for hosting this awesome challenge. Check out the site here.

I’m also participating in a mini-hop that got started on theme reveal day when a few of us realized we had similar themes. Β It’s called Supernatural A to Z. Click below to check out the list of participants. Β πŸ™‚

 

Fairies are the topic of the day. The Fae are creatures linked to European folklore. They can resemble various creatures from other mythologies. Some traditions use the term wee folk to describe the Fae. They are described as looking like humans and having magical powers. It is said that cold iron can be used to defeat the Fae. It is like poison to them. One thing that is common in the lore that stems from Celtic nations is that the Fae were driven into hiding by humans.

Some of my favorite books or shows are The Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, True Blood, and Supernatural. They have each featured the Fae at some point or another.

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Image credit Fairy wikipedia page

 
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28 responses to “#AtoZChallenge: Fairies

  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    04/07/2014 at 11:51 am

    Cold iron – I will remember that.

     
    • sjledge2

      04/07/2014 at 10:12 pm

      It was interesting to find that out. There is so much lore it was hard trying to decide what to put in.

       
  2. Sophie Duncan

    04/07/2014 at 1:21 pm

    I didn’t know about cold iron – note made, since I’m planing on using fae in a new novel.
    Sophie
    Sophie’s Thoughts & Fumbles – A to Z Ghosts
    Fantasy Boys XXX – A to Z Drabblerotic

     
    • sjledge2

      04/07/2014 at 10:13 pm

      I had to make a note of it as well. I have a fae novel in progress.

       
  3. idk

    04/07/2014 at 1:47 pm

    it is also my first time doing the a to z challenege p.s the ociture is amazing!!!!

     
    • sjledge2

      04/07/2014 at 10:13 pm

      Cool. Good luck with the challenge. πŸ™‚

       
  4. Darby Hodge

    04/07/2014 at 2:08 pm

    another book with lots of fairies is Bayala. It is german I think but is translated to English. It is by Gecko Keck (I think that is how you spell it)

     
    • sjledge2

      04/07/2014 at 10:14 pm

      Hi Darby,
      Thanks for stopping by. Will have to look it up.

       
  5. Kim Van Sickler

    04/07/2014 at 2:11 pm

    I didn’t realize that cold iron is their Achilles heel!

     
    • sjledge2

      04/07/2014 at 10:15 pm

      I didn’t realize either until I was putting this together. Made a note of it for my fae novel.

       
  6. djinnia

    04/07/2014 at 4:03 pm

    ooo! i knew about the iron. the fae actually scare me. an immortal being with power to bend space and maybe even time. the wild hunt. yeah, wouldn’t want meet them on a dark night. the seelie and unseelie. red caps. **shudder**

     
    • sjledge2

      04/07/2014 at 10:16 pm

      They are definitely a being no one wants to cross especially with all the power they hold.

       
  7. Sue Kuentz

    04/07/2014 at 4:08 pm

    I love stories with fairies in them so your cold iron was so interesting! I’m enjoying your blog!
    Sue
    http://www.door2lore.com/3/post/2014/04/fantastical-fans-in-storytelling.html

     
    • sjledge2

      04/07/2014 at 10:17 pm

      Hi Sue,
      Thanks for stopping by. Glad you’re enjoying the blog. I love fae stories too. I have one in progress now. I may have to share some snippets of it soon with everyone. πŸ™‚

       
  8. L.G. Smith

    04/07/2014 at 10:08 pm

    I do love faerie stories. So much rich folklore.

     
    • sjledge2

      04/07/2014 at 10:18 pm

      Hi L.G
      Yes, there is. I couldn’t decide what to put in and what to leave out for fear of the post becoming too long. πŸ™‚

       
  9. Tasha Duncan-Drake (@beren_writes)

    04/08/2014 at 6:35 am

    It is always useful to know how to defeat a Fae, just in case you upset one :). Although the best plan is to not put one’s back up to begin with.
    Tasha
    Tasha’s Thinkings – AtoZ (Vampires)
    FB3X – AtoZ (Erotic Drabbles)

     
  10. timsbrannan

    04/08/2014 at 7:37 am

    There is a lot of great information out there on the Fae. I would also suggest the Hollows series by Kim Harrison (Pixies, Fairies and Elves) and The Dresden Files for the higher Fae like the Leannan Sith and the Queens of Seelie and Unseelie courts.


    Timothy S. Brannan
    The Other Side, April Blog Challenge: The A to Z of Witches

     
    • sjledge2

      04/18/2014 at 2:32 pm

      Love the Dresden Files. Need to catch up on the Hollows series. One of my other favorites is the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton.

       
  11. patgarcia

    04/08/2014 at 9:23 am

    Hi,
    Welcome to the Blog Challenge. This is my second time participating. Enjoyed reading your article about some of the European folklore.

    Shalom,
    Patricia (visitor from A to Z Blog Challenge)

     
    • sjledge2

      04/18/2014 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Patricia,
      Thanks for stopping by. Sorry it took so long to respond. Trying to play catch up. Real life intervened for a little while. Glad you enjoyed the article. πŸ™‚

       
  12. Yvonne Lewis

    04/08/2014 at 9:33 am

    Good luck with the challenge, this is my 5th but have had to start 3 times, gremelins at Google.
    Loved your post. Take care.

     
    • sjledge2

      04/18/2014 at 2:30 pm

      Hi,
      Thanks for stopping by. Sorry you have had issues. Good luck to you as well. πŸ™‚

       
  13. kborman

    04/08/2014 at 7:00 pm

    I wasn’t aware about the cold iron. Interesting!

    Kate at Daily discovery

     
    • sjledge2

      04/18/2014 at 2:29 pm

      I was surprised as well. Learn something new everyday. πŸ™‚

       
  14. Beverly (@Bevimus)

    04/18/2014 at 2:07 pm

    My favorite fae are the folks from a Midsummer Night’s Dream

     
    • sjledge2

      04/18/2014 at 2:24 pm

      Cool. I love Fae. One of my newest WIP is about the Fae. One of my favorite series is the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton.

       

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