The word fairy derives from Middle English faierie (also fayerye, feirie, fairie), a direct borrowing from Old French faerie (Modern French féerie) meaning the land, realm, or characteristic activity (i.e. enchantment) of the legendary people of folklore and romance called (in Old French) faie or fee (Modern French fée). This derived ultimately from Late Latin fata (one of the personified Fates, hence a guardian or tutelary spirit, hence a spirit in general); cf. Italian fata, Portuguese fada, Spanish hada of the same origin. Source.
Did you know that dancing is one of a fairy’s favorite way to pass time? Here are some fun fairy facts:
- Fairies size ranges, from tiny fairies smaller than fireflies to powerful forces that guide the wind
- Fairies love fresh flowers and laughter,this attracts them
- Fairies live on islands, hollow trees, under toad stools, where streams divide or border hedges
- To discover the portal to their world, you must walk nine times around a suspected place on a full moon night
- A ripple in the water or sudden chill often indicates their presence
- They are passionately fond of music, bells and jingles!
- They play melodies which are haunting and wistful
- Fairies love to dance!!
- Rheumatism, cramps and bruising can be the result of pinches from an agitated fairy
- Tangles in your hair – sometimes known as elf locks – are the work of fairies
- The disappearance of small objects can be a clue they have been visiting
- They can make themselves visible or invisible and can change their shapes and sizes but May Day, Midsummer’s Eve, and Halloween are good times to see them
- Children – particularly young girls – are most likely to see these little people
- They live to be several hundred years old
- They like honey, milk, and nectar