A New Dictionary of Fairies
A 21st Century Exploration of Celtic and Related Western European Fairies
by Morgan Daimler
Pub Date 28 Feb 2020
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A detailed and easy to use resource for Fairylore.
Fairies are a challenging subject, intertwining culture, folklore, and anecdotal accounts across centuries and millennia. Focusing primarily on the Celtic speaking cultures, with some material from adjacent cultures including Anglo-Saxon and Norse, A New Dictionary of Fairies has in-depth entries on a variety of fairies as well as subjects related to them, such as why we picture elves with pointed ears or where the idea of fairies being invisible comes from. It also tackles more complicated topics like the nature and physicality of the fairy people. Anyone with an interest in the Good Neighbours will find this book a solid resource to draw from.
Segomaros Widugeni, author of Ancient Fire: An Introduction to Gaulish Polytheism: I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Indeed, I would call it a worthy successor to the work of the late, great
Katherine Briggs: The most highly regarded expert on fairies in the last half of the 20th century.
Mary Jones, The Celtic Literature Collective: This is a truly impressive work. Daimler moves seamlessly between Celtic and Germanic experiences of Fairy and provides the reader with a well-sourced guide for anyone curious about all the different aspects of Fairylore. From the earliest Irish texts to modern encounters, Daimler takes in the full scope of the subject and presents the reader with one of the best-researched volumes on the subject. Everyone curious about the Other Crowd needs this on their shelf.