Also known as peri (Arabia and Persia), faery, faerie, fae,
fay, fair folk, good people, and countless other names
Of all the types of little people, fairies appear most in folklore and
literature. Since stories about them vary, it is hard to describe them
accurately. However, it is generally agreed that they are quite small and
very beautiful, and generally benevolent, with many supernatural
powers. Fairies love music and dancing, and, like elves, often leave
rings of extra-green grass in the meadows where they dance. They can be
seen by animals, but only rarely do they allow humans to see them. Humans
sometimes wander into their magical realm, where time and space work
differently than in the human world. They are known to steal humans on
occasion--sometimes as midwives, sometimes as changelings.
Queene--The classic work about Titania, Oberon, and the Faerie
kingdom by Edmund Spenser.
Fairies--Good and Bad
Kneightley, Thomas. The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves, and
Other Little People. New York: Avenel Books, 1978.