Fairy Folklore: The Unchanging Appeal of Changelings

Fairies in a Bird’s Nest © John Anster Fitzgerald https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46315765

The notion of fairy changelings, whilst dating back centuries, in many ways feels like a modern concept. That a human might be stolen away by the little folk and replaced with a worn-out fairy or stock of wood, enchanted to look like them, is reminiscent of the human-seeming aliens in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. […]

Fairies and the Folklore Society: 1878-1945

Sir Joseph Noel Paton - The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sir_Joseph_Noel_Paton_-_The_Quarrel_of_Oberon_and_Titania_-_Google_Art_Project_2.jpg

The great Victorian fairy fascination held its grip over culture into the early 20th century. In the wake of the Cottingley photographs, the dark folkloric sprites had seemingly transformed into benign nursery beings.

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