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Appears a either young woman combing her hair with silver or gold comb OR old lady

Cry is a dark omen of the death of someone

Eyes usually read from weeping

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Brownies Scottish household

faerie generally friendly who comes out a night to help with household tasks.

Do not speak to them directly or thank them for their help or they will leave

Pay them with glass of milk, oats, cakes, or bowl of cream.

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"The Horned One” Deer-headed Celtic god of

fertility, life, animals, wealth, and the underworld.

Depicted with the antlers of a stag, sometimes carries a purse filled with coin.

The Horned God is born at the winter solstice, marries the triple goddess at Beltane, and dies at the summer solstice.

He alternates with the goddess of the moon in ruling over life and death, continuing the cycle of death, rebirth and reincarnation.

He is the doorkeeper to the other world and those that wish to enter must first answer his questions.

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Cluricaun These are cellar spirits who

take the form of small men. Wear a red pointed hat

with red overalls, a white buttoned shirt, stockings and pointed shoes.

Inhabit the cellars of wine merchants

and landlords.

A cross between a leprechaun and a hobgoblin

These creatures tend to not create a nuisance if business is running smoothly. However if business is bad, the Cluricauns

drink and eat far

more than they should emptying the cellar of stock rapidly.

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Kelpie•A mystical Water Horse of Celtic myth.• White and can take the form of a shaggy-haired human.

• Usually it appears as an innocent horse. Whenever someone attempted to ride the horse, it would run into a nearby stream or lake and disappear under water with its rider and devour him at leisure. •Can also appear as a human and ambush riders by jumping on their back and frightening them to death or squeezing them to death. Whoever was able to subdue the beast could keep this magical horse.

•Before storms can be heard wailing

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Solitary faerie who makes shoes and generally guards a pot of gold

Gold sometimes hidden in forests or at end of rainbow

Name comes from Irish leith brog

Tend to be practical jokers

Usually takes form of old man, dressed in red or green coat

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Water dwellers who are human from the waist up but with tails of fishes

Irresistible singers who sometimes lure fishermen to their deaths.

Can take the form of a human with tiny scales and move about on land.

Wear a cohullen druith, which is a red cap covered with feathers.

Females are attractive with fair skin, dark hair and dark eyes.

Males have narrow pig-like eyes, a pointed red nose and green skin.

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The Morrigan

Goddess of victory in war , war magic and shape shifting.

Name translates as either "Great Queen" or "Phantom Queen

The Morrigan appears as both a single goddess and a trio of goddesses. The other deities who form the trio are Badb ("Crow"), and Nemain ("Frenzy").

Frequently appears in guise of a hooded crow.

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Puca•A trickster half-animal spirit of Irish folklore. •They can transform

into other animals and punish those who are ungrateful and grave

robbers. •They are friendly to animals and rescue

them from bogs

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Small human-like creature with blazing red eye, long white beard, eagle claws for hands

Kills humans Stains hat with

blood of victims Very agile and


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Seelie Court trooping faeries are benevolent towards humans, but will readily

avenge any injury or insult. considered the true aristocrats of faerie world; also prone to a great

deal of mischief, especially when bored; pranks rarely caused true harm really very fond of humans. judges, dispensing justice to the other faerie when it was required, and

served as frequent arbitrators of the many faerie quarrels. The Seelie Court was very political, complete with cliques, factions,

gossiping, and rivalry. Sometimes called the ‘Blessed Ones,’ strict code of conduct : death

before dishonor, love conquers all, beauty is life, and never forget a debt

Often depicted as a procession of brilliant light riding on the night air; would often use these excursions to find those in need of help.

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Selkie Creature who appear

to be seals that can transform into humans when they come onto land

Remove seal skins Female selkies become

beautiful women who blend into society; good wives

Male selkies control weather and create storms; destroy hunting ships in revenge for seals that were killed

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Depicted as grotesquely ugly, and were said to be found at old ruins and barrows guarding buried treasure and generally acting as fairy bodyguards.

Able to change its size from being quite small to an enormous creature.

Derive from Cornwall and spend most their time as thieves

Cause problems to others especially those who insult them

Can bring bad storms, steal from others or capture babies and put a Changeling in its place

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Tir Na Nog

Land of Eternal Youth one of the names for the

Otherworld Depicted as a

supernatural realm of everlasting youth, beauty, health, abundance and joy

Inhabitants are the Tuath Dé, the gods of pre-Christian Ireland

Tír na nÓg is best known from the tale of Oisín and Niamh. In the tale, Oisín (a human hero) and Niamh (a woman of the Otherworld) fall in love. She brings him to Tír na nÓg on a magical horse that can travel

over water. After spending what seems to be three years there, Oisín becomes homesick and

wants to return to Ireland. Niamh reluctantly lets him return on the

magical horse, but warns him never to touch the ground. When

he returns, he finds that 300 years have passed in Ireland. Oisín falls from the horse. He

instantly becomes elderly, as the years catch up with him, and he

quickly dies of old age.

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Triple Goddess Goddess who is

maiden, mother and crone

As maiden, virginal young woman; all about enchantment and new beginnings, youthful ideas and enthusiasm.

As mother, about fertility, abundance and growth, the gaining of knowledge

As crone, the hag and the wise woman, the darkness of night, and eventually death.

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Tuatha De Danaan

• The Tuatha Dé Danann ("People of the Goddess Danu") were one of the pre-Christian mythical tribes who settled in Ireland before the arrival of the Milesians, the ancestors of modern Gaels.

• The Dananns were descendants of the goddess Danu. Her son Dagda was their most powerful leader of the Dananns.

• The Tuatha Dé Dananns were a race of deities as well as race of heroes, who excelled over all people. They were skilled in art and science, poetry and magic.

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Unseelie Court Faeries who are never favorable

to humans; contains the most malicious, malevolent and evil of the faeries, and a number of monsters of horrible appearance and fearsome abilities

Either solitary evil faeries or bands of faeries called the Slaugh (the Host - band of the unsanctified dead who fly above the earth, stealing mortals and children, and take great pleasure in harming humans); use elf-shot against humans and cattle.

Often called the “Unblessed Ones”

Depicted as a dark cloud riding upon the wind from where their unnerving cackles and howls can be heard.

Have their own code of conduct: change is good, glamour (magic) is free to use; honor is a lie; passion before duty

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Western Dragon

Traditionally symbol of evil

Can breathe fire, fly Greedy, keep hordes

of gold and other precious treasure

Large beasts with bat-like wings and scaly body

Often time kidnap maidens

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Will O’ the Wisp

A faerie who appears at night in lonely places carrying a lantern. It uses this light to cause travelers to loose their ways by disappearing as the travelers get closer.

Modern science has explained that these orbs of light seen is an effect of a chemical reaction that is created when certain gases are released from a marsh or swamp