The Book of Faeries: A Guide to the World of Elves, Pixies, Goblins, and Other Magic Spirits

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Here's a charming and inspirational guide to the history and folklore surrounding faeries, and an examination of the meanings that these mythic beings have acquired in many cultures. Tradition defines faeries according to different general categories, which include nature spirits, helpers, tricksters and seducers, and angelic faeries. The author summarizes the long history of faery lore, and explains how we can develop our intuitive powers and perceive the faery realm, which he claims truly exists in the ...
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Overview

Here's a charming and inspirational guide to the history and folklore surrounding faeries, and an examination of the meanings that these mythic beings have acquired in many cultures. Tradition defines faeries according to different general categories, which include nature spirits, helpers, tricksters and seducers, and angelic faeries. The author summarizes the long history of faery lore, and explains how we can develop our intuitive powers and perceive the faery realm, which he claims truly exists in the universe. He goes on to describe more than 50 faeries, including: Nymphs, nature spirits, favored by the ancient Greeks and found in places of natural beauty, Elves, revered in Anglo-Saxon lore as guardians of woods, mountains, and wild places, Jack Frost, a playful spirit of cold regions who nips at children's fingers and toes, Brownies, worker spirits attracted to industrious households, and said to bring luck, Puck, a mischievous sprite made famous by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Leprechauns, the memorable faery pranksters of Irish folklore, Genies, the celebrated wonder workers of Arabian folklore. The author also offers recipes for "faery ointments" said to help us see faeries, rituals to attract beneficial faeries to home or garden, and faery herb lore for healing and making magic charms. More than 130 enchanting, full-color illustrations.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780764154577
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
  • Faery Origins
    Entering the Faery Realm
  • ELEMENTALS & NATURE SPIRITS
    Salamanders
    Sylphs
    Undines
    Gnomes
    Devas
    Flower Faeries
    Nymphs
    Fauns & Satyrs
    Elves
    Tree Spirits
    Corn Spirit
    Jack Frost
    Jack-in-the-Green
  • FAERY HELPERS
    Brownies
    Domovoi
    Wee Willie Winkie
    Hobgoblins
    Hinzelmann
    Klaboterman
    Ekkekko
    La Befana
    Spae Wives
    Dwarfs
    Menehunes
    Clay Mother
    Stromkarl
  • TRICKSTERS & SEDUCERS
    Puck
    Leprechauns
    Gremlins
    Goblins
    The Bogeyman
    Pixies
    The Snow Queen
    Nicker
    Sirens
    Morgan le Fay
    Lamia
    Mermaids
  • ANGELIC FAERIES
    The Blue Faery
    Befind
    Peris
    The Angirasah
    Erotes
    Lauma
    Genies
    Tooth Faeries
  • RITUALS & RECIPES
    Seeing, attracting, discouraging Faeries
    Fey Herbs
    Faery Trees
  • GLOSSARY
  • FURTHER REAING & CREDITS
  • INDEX
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2004

    A VERY good book

    Melville did a wonderful job in putting this book together and the information in it is absolutely stunning. Although at times I wish he had given more information on some of the faeries (Such as the Undines). The illustrations are pretty good, but I rather have a book with no illustrations in it at all. I recommend this book to anyone who is awed by faeries. This book has 5 chapters: Elementals & Nature Spirits (Sylphs, Devas, Elves, ect.) Faery Helpers (Brownies, Dwarfs, Domovoi, ect.) Tricksters & Seducers (Leprechauns, Pixies, Morgan le Fay, ect.) Angelic Faeries (Peris, Erotes, Lauma, ect.) Rituals & Recipes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2003

    Recommended to fans of the fantasy world...

    I really enjoy reading this book. Some of the illustrations are kind of childish but the 1-2 page descriptions of the spirits/creatures are very interesting. This is a book you can pick up anytime and just start reading. If you're really into fantasy things like faeries, legendary spirits, etc., then I think you should buy this book :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    EXCELLENT!!!!!!! A MUST HAVE!

    ALTHOUGH ONLY 128 PAGES, THIS BOOK IS A MUST HAVE! GREAT ILLUSTRATIONS, AND IT HAS 50 DIFFERENT FAERIES AND "OTHER MAGIC SPIRITS" IM REALLY INTERESTED INTO THAT WITCH, ANGEL, FAERY, AND SUPER NATURAL STUFF, SO I WOULD DEFINETLEY RECOMMEND IT IF YOU'RE LIKE ME!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2002

    MAGICAL

    THIS BOOK TELLS IT ALL, GREAT DETAILS AND GREAT ILLUSTRATION. I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK & I KNOW EVERYONE WILL TOO!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2002

    SPELLBINDING

    A magical, informal guide. The creatures are grouped into four categories: elementals and nature spirits; faery helpers; tricksters and seducers; and angelic faeries. Each gnome, nymph, brownie, hobgoblin, siren, mermaid, et cetera, is then granted a two-age spread of their own, featuring one full page of text and one full page color illustration. Fairy descriptions are largely limited to just one or two paragraphs to provide space for hands-on investigation suggestions such as 'finding a leprechaun's treasure,' 'getting rid of a goblin,' and 'striking a bargain with Stromkarl.' A short chapter on rituals and recipes piques the appetite for further reading on the subject.

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