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The Darker Side of Irish Fairy Lore: When Encounters Turn Dangerous

March 9, 2019 - General
 Half-man, half-supernatural being living in nature

When we think of fairies many of the more popular tales tend to have an almost playful nature but it would be wrong to assume that this is means that fairies are always benign.
Many accounts within Irish folklore describe people who have had a much more disturbing fairy encounter and those who speak of these experiences are very often traumatised by what has happened to them.

That is providing they recover enough to even speak about it because meeting the fairy folk can lead to abduction, madness and even death.

We do hear of warnings of course; don’t step into the fairy circle – whether it be a ring of mushrooms or a group ancient stones. Sometimes, though, people actively seek to enter the land of the fairies and deliberately visit a place associated with the good people in order to commune or seek a gift of some sort. 

A fairy ring made from naturally growing mushrooms


Source: origins

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