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I'm actually officially in Yorkshire, although the Derbyshire boundary is about 200 yards away, and Lancashire about two miles away.

Don't let people in Sheffield or Manchester hear you referring to them as "the Midlands"! Smile

As an aside, wasn't the kingdom of John Uskglass, faerie king of the north, Newcastle down to Derby?


Nice area! And don't worry: the cr*p I have to endure because I'm belgian outweighs the scrupules I might have in calling a Tyke a Taffy!

I don't want to hijack this post - which I think is great and to which I endeavor to contribute - but I've been thinking of faerie and folktale for a long time. And when you think of it, folktales are not so innocent. Often they talk about everyday problems people faced: the death of cattle, crop failure, the illness of a child, food spoilage, women dying in childbirth. For these problems, they tried to find an explanation in the world of the supernatural.
In our local folk tales, this kind of classification of types is used:
Demons lore:
1. Water Spirits - The water devil, the man with the hook ...
Whoever stood beside a lake, has often felt by a strange force to be sucked into the depths ... Water Spirits drag people into the water to drown. Children who play in a pond or are curious about the lean edge of a well, should be warned.
2. Nature Spirits - dwarves, gnomes, alvermannen ...
These little creatures come out at night to work of the people in return for a sandwich, a bowl of porridge or something else. People-friendly house spirits? Not always, for he who deceives dwarfs or spies on them, shall be punished ...
3. Fire Spirits - wisps, fire imps, ...
Children who died unbaptized, are ghosts in the guise of a false light. You can wander around light unbaptized, but only according to certain rules ...
The fire imp acts ruthlessly against those who mock him ...
4. Sylphs - returned dead, white ladies, ghost animals, ...
On winter evenings, the spirits of the dead appear and the night after all the dead and the living for the day ...
Night walkers are on their way to a white lady, who silently goes with them, and then disappear without trace ...
5. Supernatural creatures that tease - Kludde, Lange Wapper, ...
At night bathed in sweat, not able to breathe, cry without sound, so it keeps its victim in its grasp ...
6. Werewolves

Magic lore:
7. Witches
8. Wizards
9. Magic Books
Devils lore:
10. Satanic
11. Freemasons (yes, they were considered to be devil worshippers)
Historical lore
12. Sagas
13. Myths
14. Fairytales
15. Legends

Anyway, let's focus on Cottingley again. Smile
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I mentioned the Doyle Diary because of references and picks concerning the Cottingly Faries.
the illustrations by Arthurs father Charles offers a plethora of faries. There is also a characture of Joseph Merrick, the elephant man. A wealth of drawings and period specific references ans symbolism. Two photographs came from an American magazine. They show the girls, their fairy pics , ACD, and debunk the whole episodeas a fraud. No doubt a huge embarrassment to ACD. Even Punch magazine in the UK had a cartoon which took a swipe at him for his belief in faries. Part of the irony being, his own brother was an illustrator for Punch.

Yesterday, I Bought a second copy of the diary on the big auction site for five dollars post paid.

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There's a rather nice series of plays on BBC Radio 4 at present - until the title of 'Pilgrim' - which are based on the rather nastier type of fairies (or 'Greyfolk'). A previous series can be found to download - search for Pilgrim mp3 - for anyone interested.
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Sorry...

didn't have time to read the entire thread but I too was always a fan of this fascinating tale! Not sure if anyone has mentioned it yet or not but a great movie was made in 1997 about this very story. The truth was obviously stretched but it is still a great movie!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119095/
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On 2012-02-01 15:10, Voodini wrote:
As an aside, wasn't the kingdom of John Uskglass, faerie king of the north, Newcastle down to Derby?


I beleive it was all the lands between the Tweed and the Trent, which would certainly include cottingley.
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Anyone interested may want to checkout blackhart.co.uk
Then click on left button "Bizarre Magic"
Then Cottingley Fairies
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Speaking of the Fairies.
I intend to swim Skye's Fairy Pools.
Gonna be bast*ard cold!
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/video/2......ry-pools
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I just finish a book in French about a Fairy Hunter. One year of work and research allows me to create 13 unique effects using a Holey Stone.
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On 2013-07-30 00:18, Eddie Garland wrote:
Speaking of the Fairies.
I intend to swim Skye's Fairy Pools.
Gonna be bast*ard cold!
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/video/2......ry-pools


If she's still swimming around, the cold water might be embarrassing... Unless you swim in very large shorts.
Wouldn't mind taking a dip meself!
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On 2013-07-30 03:35, The Curator wrote:
I just finish a book in French about a Fairy Hunter. One year of work and research allows me to create 13 unique effects using a Holey Stone.


I hope we get an English translation of your Fairy Hunter book. The Holey Stone is certainly the perfect shape for Magic, I would dearly love to read this book.
I have an upcoming trip to Scotland and much of my interest there is Fairy lore. I intend to visit Dunvegan Castle and the Fairy flag.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_Flag
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I have an upcoming trip to Scotland and much of my interest there is Fairy lore. I intend to visit Dunvegan Castle and the Fairy flag.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_Flag


I was unaware of the existance of this castle! Thanks for posting this Eddy!
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Weird stuff, thanks Eddie.
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They should be waving this Fairy flag at the Curator's impending wedding!
I am certain Titania and Oberon will oversee those festivities.
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Just got back from the Isle of Man (Slap bang in the middle of the Irish sea). Dotted with Fairy lore. There is the famous Fairy Bridge and it's very unlucky not to greet them as you cross. Look it up on Wiki. No problem for me and Mrs Hexx but Hexx Junior thought it a bit silly and refused. Having had a week of reasonable weather it was worrying to see the rain lashing down like stair rods and the sea a mass of white horses fro the return crossing. Put my hand in my pocket to get the sea sick pills ready for a bumpy crossing and there they were - gone. Horrible journey back with passengers running for the bathroom and not quite making it, children crying and parents moaning and groaning. Probably a co-incidence but Hexx junior will be saying hello to those fairies next time.
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Yep, don't upset the wee folk. They're nasty pieces of work when they want to be.
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On 2013-08-18 12:00, Voodini wrote:
Yep, don't upset the wee folk. They're nasty pieces of work when they want to be.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NvgLkuEtkA
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Read about a place in Scotland called FINDHORN? ment to have a lot of fairy sightings and a community that beleive in nature spirits.
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A distant relative from the clan Mcphearson brought stories from Scotland about the wee people.
So fascinated I was as a child, back in the thirties, I became a cronic believer in the existence
of these creatures. As a storyteller, I wanted some visible truth to show with my stories. I found it
necessary to create my own. Take a look at my results.
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