Mythological Creatures: Fairies

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Fairies (Faeries) play a significant role in a multitude of mythologies all over the world. They are some of the smallest of mythical creatures and are some of the most magical beings in the land of myths. Fairies are often depicted as small human-like beings who have tiny wings to help them flit about from task to task. Although this is one depiction of fairies, it is certainly not the only depiction.The one commonality across the board for fairies is that they are supernatural beings. In some instances they may be described as sprites or spirits. It should be noted that not all fairies are seen as benevolent. There are instances where fairies are known to have evil intentions and that is true of fairies in all mythologies...

In Greek mythology, nymphs are a type of being that are considered to be fairies. Nymphs are creatures that are typically represented as female. They are often creatures that work closely with nature, much like fairies in Arthurian myths. In some instances, these nymphs are associated with gods - such as Artemis and Pan. Other characters of Greek myths that are considered fairies are satyrs. For Norse mythologies, fairies are seen as a larger group than just creatures that spend most of their time with nature and taking care of it. Elves and valkyries are also seen as fairies. Stromkarls are also considered to be fairies, although their work is mostly in music rather than with nature. The most famous of mythologies that include fairies would be the Celtic myths, as they depict fairies the way they are seen in today’s time - small, sometimes with wings, sometimes without - as described in the very beginning. They are also seen as cute and overall unthreatening to humans or beings that are much larger. They have magical powers that expand beyond themselves.