Fairy Folklore

Fairies are described as magical creatures with ethereal or sprite qualities.  The concept of “fairy” in the narrow sense is unique to English folklore of the Victorian era “fairy tales” for children.

Images of fairies have appeared as illustrations, often in books of fairy tales, as well as in photographic-based media and sculptures. Fairies were described as short in stature, dressed in dark grey, and sometimes seen in armor.  Wings were common, but very rare in the folklore; even very small fairies flew with magic, sometimes flying on the backs of birds.

The Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor, MI are small doors installed into local buildings. Local children believe these are the front doors of fairy houses, and in some cases, small furniture, dishes, and various other things can be seen beyond the doors.

The blurring of the identities of fantasy and reality makes a pleasing, narcotic dreaminess association with playful, magical fairies. Fairies can enable others to fly by sprinkling them with fairy dust (called “pixie dust” in the Disney film “Tinkerbell”).