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Enemies of the Fae

Excerpts from “Curious Creatures” by Antwerp Hotchkiss

“Of the many creatures of Faerie-dom, seldom has an in-depth examination of those forgotten (or exiled) by the Fey courts, been attempted. Indeed, to even write these words is to risk angering the Winter Queen…”

“.. before the time of the Sidhe Wars, there were all kinds of stories about the Fomor, the Daoine Sidhe, the Tuatha Dé Danann, the Tylwyth Teg, and the Shen — alliances, betrayals, battles and weddings were on an epic scale.. [the Fomor were] enemies of both Winter and Summer courts. The Sidhe banished them to to the sea.”

“.. tylwyth teg is first attested in a poem attributed to the fourteenth-century Dafydd ap Gwilym, in which the principal character gets perilously but comically lost while going to visit his girlfriend: “Hudol gwan yn ehedeg, | hir barthlwyth y Tylwyth Teg” (“(The) weak enchantment (now) flees, / (the) long burden of the Tylwyth Teg (departs) into the mist”).. tylwyth teg are fair-haired and covet golden-haired human children whom they kidnap, leaving changelings (or “crimbils”) in their place. They dance and make fairy rings and they live underground or under the water..”

“.. shèn 蜃 meant the “clam-monster” that miraculously transformed shapes. The Shuowen Jiezi defines gé as the “category of shèn”, which includes three creatures that transform within the sea. A que 雀 “sparrow” transforms into a gé 蛤 or muli 牡厲 “oyster” in the dialect of Qin, after 10 years; a yān 燕 “swallow” transforms into a hǎigé 海蛤 after 100 years; and a fulei 復絫 or fuyi 服翼 “bat” transforms into a kuígé 魁蛤 after it gets old.. Chinese literature abounds with stories about dragons which had assumed the shape of men, animals, or objects..”

“.. the folk of the goddess Danu.. also known by the earlier name Tuath Dé, .. are thought to represent the main deities of pre-Christian Gaelic Ireland. The Tuatha Dé Danann constitute a pantheon whose attributes appeared in a number of forms throughout the Celtic world. The Tuath Dé dwell in the Otherworld [Nevernever?] but interact with humans and the human world .. Their traditional rivals are the Fomorians who seem to represent the harmful or destructive powers of nature, and who the Tuath Dé defeat in the Battle of Mag Tuired..”

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