CHAPTER 13: Do you believe in Fairies? | Peter Pan — J.M.Barrie
The author of Peter Pan, J.M.Barrie, was born on 9 May 1860, in Kirriemuir, Scotland. It was he who asked his readers the timeless and self-revealing question: do you believe in fairies?
Pause for a moment, and think very carefully before you answer.
This was an intriguing question for a grown up to ask. Or at least it would be if you lived outside of Scotland. J.M.Barrie had been brought up as a child on the fantastically fiendish stories of fairies, or faeries as they are known in Scotland. Faeries, you see, are not the stuff of make believe. Nor are they the confected image of Tinker Bell imposed on us by the Disney animators. Most often they take the shape of something a little more natural and yet unnatural.
Faeries take many forms, but most commonly that of small human-like creatures. The males adopting elvish-like features, which would suggest a mean-spirited outlook, but that is not always the case. The females on the other hand are deceptively enchanting, and dangerously beautiful. Be careful.
It is a fact that most faeries bear no ill will, particularly so to children. Which prompted J.M.Barrie to write:
Every time a child says, 'I don't believe in fairies,' there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.
But a small handful of faeries are visiously malevolent. Particularly so towards grown-ups. Particularly those who do not believe.
Scotland is a picturesque country which can boast of a rich culture sculpted by both history and fantasy. Tales of supernatural creatures who sometimes cross over the veil between this world and the next have been told for thousands of years.
This is your one-stop shop for all terms and definitions related to fairies and the world of the fay. From letters A to Z, you will find fairies' terms and definitions right here in this article. Alven: water fairies found in ponds in the Netherlands, though they don't have wings.
The Isle of Skye, located on Scotland's west coast, is an amazing landscape of grassy knolls, scenic hillsides, rock formations, and castles, where fairy folklore abounds. Almost everywhere you turn, there is a place that looks as if it were a secret gathering spot for magic creatures, and there is usually a bit of local folklore to back that up.
Many supernatural creatures dot the Scottish highlands. Some are downright scary while others are absolutely evil. There are said to be similarities between Scottish and Irish supernatural creatures, it could be because they have the same Celtic root.
The Highlands are unquestionably the wildest part of Britain and there are more cultural differences between Higland and Lowland Scotland than between Lowland Scotland and Northern England. The fairies bred here matched the landscape and the desolation: they were the most dangerous of all the fey and often not just moody but downright evil.