The Fairy Mythology Illustrative of the Romance and by Thomas Keightley

By Thomas Keightley

A massive learn on fairy and fairy mythology from worldwide. Chapters contain: Persian Romance; The Peri-wife; Arabian Romance; Middle-age Romance; Fairy Land; Spenser's Faerie Queene; Eddas And Sagas; The Alfar; The Duergar; Loki And The Dwarf; Thorston And The Dwarf; The Dwarf Sword Tirfing; Scandinavia; Elves; Sir Olof within the Elve-dance; The Elf-woman And Sir Olof; The younger Swain And The Elves; Svend Faelling And The Elf-maid; The Elle-maids; Maid Vae; The Elle-maid close to Ebeltoft; Hans Puntleder; Dwarfs Or Trolls; Sir Thynne; Proud Margeret; The Troll spouse; The Altar-cup In Aagerup; foundation Of Tiis Lake; A Farmer methods A Troll; Skotte within the fireplace; The Legend Of Bodedys; Kallundborg Church; The Hill guy Invited To The Christening; The Troll grew to become Cat; Kirsten's Hill; The Troll-labourer; The Hill Smith; the lady on the Troll Dance; The Changeling; The Tile-stove leaping Over The Brook; Departure Of The Trolls From Vendsyssel; Svend Faelling; The Dwarf's ceremonial dinner; Nisses ; The Nis elimination ; The Penitent Nis; The Nis And The Boy; The Nis Stealing Corn; The Nis And The Mare; The Nis driving; The Nisses In Vosborg; Necks, Mermen And Mermaids; the facility Of The Harp; Duke Magnus And The Mermaid; Northern Islands; Iceland; Feroes; Shetland; Gioga's Son; The Mermaid spouse; Orkneys; Isle Of Rugen; Adventures Of John Dietrich; The Little Glass Slipper; the glorious Plough; The misplaced Bell; The Black Dwarfs Of Granitz, and plenty of extra.

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All that is wanting to this so very plausible theory is something like proof, and some slight agreement with the ordinary rules of etymology. Had Feërie, or Fairy, originally signified the individual in the French and English, the only languages in which the word occurs, we might feel disposed to acquiesce in it. But they do not: and even if they did, how should we deduce from them the Italian Fata, and the Spanish Fads or Hada, (words which unquestionably stand for the same imaginary being,) unless on the principle by which Menage must have deduced Lutin from Lemur--the first letter being the same in both?

42] Among the incidents of the fine old romance just alluded to,[43] is narrated the death of King Ban, occasioned by grief at the sight of his castle taken and in flames through the treachery of his seneschal. His afflicted queen had left her new-born infant on the margin of a lake, while she went to soothe the last moments of the expiring monarch. On her return, she finds her babe in the arms of a beautiful lady. She entreats her pathetically to restore the orphan babe; but, without heeding her entreaties, or even uttering a single word, she moves to the edge of the lake, into which she plunges and disappears with the child.

Grecian imagination ascribed to the galaxy or milky way an origin in the teeming breast of the queen of heaven: marks appeared in the petals of flowers on the occasion of a youth's or a hero's untimely death: the rose derived its present hue from the blood of Venus, as she hurried barefoot through the woods and lawns; while the professors of Islam, less fancifully, refer the origin of this flower to the moisture that exuded from the sacred person of their prophet. Under a purer form of religion, the cruciform stripes which mark the back and shoulders of the patient ass first appeared, according to the popular tradition, when the Son of God condescended to enter the Holy City, mounted on that animal; and a fish only to be found in the sea [the Haddock] stills bears the impress of the finger and thumb of the apostle, who drew him out of the waters of Lake Tiberias to take the tribute-money that lay in his mouth.

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