Nymphs are the closest relatives to little people that can be found in
Classical Mythology. They are beautiful female spirits who inhabit and
maintain different realms of nature. They are divine creatures who are
known to have relations with humans. The different types of nymphs are
Oreades, Dryads, Naiads, Limniades, and Neriades. They live in mountains,
trees, springs, lakes, and the sea, respectively.
Kneightley, Thomas. The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves, and
Other Little People. New York: Avenel Books, 1978.