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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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