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Every civilization, it seems, has its own collection of elf and fairy myths. The notion of tiny human-like creatures with magical powers roaming the earth unseen appears to have universal appeal. This is no less true of Ireland. Treasured by adults and children alike, tales of mischief-making fairies and elves color the rich Irish oral and literary traditions. These tales have made their way down to the rest of the world and are still enjoyed and appreciated today.
According to Irish tradition, fairies inhabit a mystical realm known as Faerie that exists parallel to the world of man. Faerie is a magical world that is both wonderful and dangerous. Humans who stumble into Faerie must be wary of fairy tricks. Fairies have been said to lure human visitors with enchanted food or drink. Time in Faerie is different from time in the world of man. Though it may have appeared to be only a short while, those who return home from Faerie often discover that they have been gone for a very long time.
Solitary fairies live by themselves. One such fairy is the Pooka, a mischievous fairy that will often play deceptive and sometimes dangerous tricks on humans that it encounters. The Pooka can also turn itself into different forms in order to carry out a trick. Another solitary fairy is the banshee, which is among the more menacing and feared fairies to visit the human world. The banshee is said to emit a chilling moan that announces an individual's impending death.
Fairies that dwell together in large societies are known as trooping fairies. The Tuatha de Danann is an ancient race of fairies descended from the Celtic goddess Danu. They are said to be a very wise and learned race. Legend says a battle ensued between humans and the Tuatha de Danann for dominion of Ireland. Humans ultimately won the battle, and the Tuatha de Danann retreated into a hidden location known as the Otherworld.
Elves also dwell in the land of Faerie. Like trooping fairies, elves live together in groups. Although elves have magical powers like the fairies, they are much more similar to humans in manner and physical appearance. Leprechauns are the most well-known elves in the Irish tradition. They resemble small, hairy men dressed in green and wearing narrow-brimmed hats. Leprechauns are famous for guarding their pot of gold. Many tales tell of humans who encounter a leprechaun and try to acquire its treasure. Somehow, the leprechaun always manages to outsmart the human.
Fenodyree are more benevolent elves. Known for their strength and large stature, these elves will offer their assistance to Irish farmers or maidens in return for a reward.
Through the centuries, the fairies and elves of Irish lore have maintained their universal appeal. Authors in Ireland and around the globe continue to reiterate these stories. Some of the most well-known literary works to feature Irish fairies or elves include William Butler Yates' "The Celtic Twilight" and "Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry," and William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Fairies and elves also have appeared in modern films such as Disney's "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" and "Peter Pan."