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A Fairy Under Starry Skies, by Luis Ricardo Falero

Ronald Hutton on Traditional Fairy Beliefs in the British Isles

Forget the Disney fairies of modern fiction…in the talk below, Prof. Ronald Hutton goes back before Shakespeare and Pope defined the modern, fictional fairy, and instead looks at the “definitely-not-cute” traditional fairies of folklore.

In this lecture Professor Ronald Hutton looks at how the Isle of Man is famous as an island full of fairy traditions: in some ways it may be regarded as having the greatest concentration of them in the British Isles. It therefore seems a good place in which to address the question of what traditional fairy beliefs – those shared by ordinary people until recent times – actually were.

(via Dr Alexander Cummins)

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