The Fae come in many varieties and each has its own quirks. Let’s take a look at the fairies known to ‘haunt’ houses.
Just so you know, each culture will have its own take on fairy lore. In our review, we’ll examine the Celtic fairies. These are mainly from the United Kingdom and Ireland. I may throw in an American, German or Scandinavian fairy from time-to-time.
This list covers the most common fairies and they’re also the most likely to be mistaken for a haunting.
In no particular order, the fairies include:
One of the most helpful fairies, brownies help out with chores and they only expect a little food offering. Whatever you do, don’t leave money. That’s considered poor taste and Brownies will make your house messy!
Pixies can be mischievous and it could lead to killing you. They like to play tricks, especially on travellers. Pixies are known to lead people off their route and into bogs and swamps. It’s not uncommon for someone to get caught in quicksand and die.
You know pretty much everything to know about Leprechauns: pot of gold; wears green; has a pipe. These fairies are solitary and they don’t venture into places with humans.
Dwarves, as we know them, come from German folklore. They were absorbed into English tales during the early-1800s. Dwarves are ugly little buggers and incredibly strong. They can be great friends to humans, but they can be mean and harmful if you offend them. Dwarves are very proud of their craftmanship, like making furniture or iron work. Watch your manners when you meet a dwarf – they take social niceties very seriously.
Scandinavians brought their tales to the English Isles during the Viking conquests. There are 2 kinds of elves, light and dark. There are many descriptions of elves, but they all have magical powers to enchant people and they can move back and forth between their homeland and our world. Elves may be the only fairy to have children with humans.
I haven’t seen a good picture of a kobold, but they live in mines. If there’s danger to the mine workers, they’ll start knocking on the tunnels to let everyone know there’s danger of a cave-in.
These little fairies don’t have human forms and appear as flickers of blue, red and green light deep in a forest. They can be very shy and generally tend to animals and plants in the forest. They rarely interfere with humans, but they have helped people lost in the woods by showing them a way to get out of the forest.
I didn’t know this before we started researching this topic, but changelings are most likely to be trolls. Trolls liked how humans coddled their children, so a troll would take a human child and replace it with a baby troll. The kid didn’t turn out to be good looking, but it would be strong and protective of its home and community!
Sluagh (SLOO-ah) are the spirits of the dead, caught in a strange kind of purgatory. They cannot enter Heaven, Hell, Otherworld or any other afterlife realm. They haunt the living to create suffering. These were not nice people in life. They mean to do harm. If your house tends to attract crows and other blackbirds, you could have a Sluagh in your house.
These are murderous goblins. They are ugly as sin with huge teeth and knife-like fingers. They get the name Red Cap because they dip their hats in their victims’ blood.
“Fairies: Mysteries, Folklore and Facts,” by Rosemary Ellen Guiley
“The Encyclopedia of Ghosts & Spirits,” by Rosemary Ellen Guiley
“Monsters,” by John Michael Greer
“Is Your House Haunted?,” by Fiona Broome