Faerie Folklore in Medieval Tales - An Introduction

Mika Loponen

    Research output: ThesisBachelor's thesis


    In this paper I am going to introduce the faeries of medieval legends, tales and folklore of the British Isles. I will place emphasis on the inspection of the natures and characteristics of the individual faery types in the tales. I will also explore some of the common denominators that bind these different types together, point out a few common concepts that are universal in the faerie legends of the British Isles and mention some of the more curious details, exceptions and variations of the superstitions.

    It is not my intention to analyze any of these legends and myths deeply; I will place more importance in introducing a variety of different ideas than in exploring any one of them thoroughly. Although many faerie legends clearly share obvious common roots, the legends and superstitions concerning them can vary immensely between regions. Thus trying to create stereotypes or generalizations is not desirable or even possible. Instead of this I will try to introduce as many aspects of the faerie folklore as possible within the context of this paper, and provide notes on some regional variances as they are found.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2006
    MoE publication typeG1 Polytechnic thesis, Bachelor's thesis

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    Bachelor's Thesis

    Fields of Science

    • 612 Languages and Literature
    • folk tales
    • folk literature
    • 616 Other humanities
    • folkloristics
    • folk tales
    • folk mythology

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