“Best Elf or Fairy” Night at the Coach and Horses. This, in turn, made me want to look up some facts about our favourite fantasy friends!
The Cottingley Fairies
In 1920 interest in fairies took an unusual upturn when two children claimed that they had photographic evidence of their existence. Elsie Wright (then aged 16) and Francis Griffiths (9) produced some pictures taken in their garden in Cottingley, near Bradford. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used these to illustrate an article he had written -and suddenly everyone was talking about them. An expert in phoography Harold Snelling proclaimed that “the two negatives are entirely genuine, unfaked photographs … [with] no trace whatsoever of studio work involving card or paper models”. But in 1983 both Francis and Elsie admitted that most of the pictures were faked using cut out pictures from a book. However Elsie still maintained right up to her death that the fifth picture was a genuine fairy snapshot,
According to Wikipedia “in some folklore fairies have green eyes and often bite.” (See Jas`eyes!)
“Smaller fairies are more beautiful and virtuous.
Taller fairies are more dishonest and steal butter, milk, cows (and) goats.”
“Come faeries, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame.”
“Fairies love cake, especially if served with dishes of milk or cream. ”
William Blake (artist of the painting above) also had a mysterious sighting of some fairy folk.
According to Allan Cunningham, who included the tale in “Lives of Eminent British Painters” the story went like this :
Of course, we musn`t forget the Elfish folk-including DJ Draconia (above, right), who has just been promoted to London Sims Entertainment Manager. Congrats Roach!
The perfect Elfess(?) is the beautiful DJ Pyp (above, right).
Beware, however, as”according to medieval romance,
fairies and all the tribes of elves of every description are
are converted into hideous animals on Friday, and remain so till Monday.” (http://faeriefae.50megs.com/fairy_trivia.htm)
William Butler Yeats wrote about:-
“The land of fairy, where nobody gets old and godly and grave, where nobody gets old and crafty and wise, where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue”, though so we should all be alright!
Besides, if you are going to be transformed into a “hideous animal” where better place to do so than Second Life!
The London Sims are especially welcoming to all types of avatars and you`ll always get a friendly welcome there.