was originally spelt bean si by the Irish. A Banshee is the spirit of a beautiful
woman, who had died before her time. Banshees do not screech, but wail, just before someone has pasted away. The clothing
in which they wear is usually green or grey cloaks. Their eyes are red, from all the weeping they do, covered by their long
are mine brownies who work in the northern coal mines of England as a putter (person who pushes
the filled carts of coal). There is one characteristic of a blue cap that is un-brownie; they ask for money.
brownie, which transforms into a boggart when they have been teased or misused. Their noses have been described as long and
sharp, with two nostrils. They are said to haunt Yorkshire, and it is sometimes believed
that a boggart is a memory of a haunted ancestor.
names bogies, bogles, bug-a-boos and bogey-beasts are names given to the whole class of mischievous, frightening and sometimes
dangerous creatures. They are a part of the Unseelie Court.
No matter the name, these creatures do one thing: frighten. Sometimes they frighten in whole groups but most of the time they
scare humans by themselves, Dangerous as they are, it is very easy to trick them. One way is told in the story "The Bogies
Field." In the tale, a bogie decided he owned a farmers land while the farmer could do all of the work. The farmer asked which
the bogie would like tops or bottoms (for instance, corn or turnips). Each thing the bogie said, the farmer did the opposite
of. Finally they agreed to have wheat planted and they would divide the field in half, then see who could harvest the most.
Just before the corn was ripe the farmer has iron rods put in the bogies half of the field. When the day came to harvest the
farmer did fine, but the bogie hit the iron so many times his scythe became dull and would not cut the wheat. Thus the farmer
had won and the bogie, since he lost, left and never bothered the farmer again.
is a shape-shifting goblin that tends to be mischievous. Brags usually takes on the form of a horse which throws people from
it when they mount, but they sometimes appear as a calf with a hanker chief round its neck and sometimes a headless, naked
man. When in his normal form, a horse, he tries to trick people into mounting and then throws them into ponds or streams.
are hob-goblins. They are hairy, rough, short, scruffy, and almost always male. Many have only nostrils, no noses. Found in
the Lowlands of Scotland and in the north and east of England,
Brownies are usually invisible. They will occasionally appear for their favorite family member. Brownies, like faeries, can
use their powers to steal the essence of food and leave only the image of a meal. They come into mortal's houses where they
help around the house at night. They do, however, ask for a small fee in return which is a small daily ration of good quality
food. These hob-goblins hate being watched while they work and are very picky. Never criticize a brownies work or reward it
directly (i.e. put food out for them to find accidentally).
no one has every seen one, a Buttery Sprite is believed to be around when food is missing or vengeance on humans has been
taken. These sprites haunt inns that are owned by dishonest innkeepers. They also like to torment unscrupulous priests and
abbots. Their name comes from their love of butter.
and a hybrid. Centaurs have the upper half of a human but the legs and body of a horse. In Greek mythology most were drunken
followers of the god Dionysus. However some were kind and taught humans, like Chiron.
is a Lancashire bogie that tends to be on the more harmless side of its class. Clap-cans
are called so because the spirits takes two objects like pots or cans, and bangs them together. Clap-cans cannot be felt or
seen, only heard.
Welsh mine goblins are not unlike the Cornwall knockers. They are said to be 18 inches in height, dressed like
human miners, very ugly, but good-humored.
A Doby is just the Yorkshire name for friendly hobgoblins.
known as a tree nymph or tree spirit, these Celtic creatures are closely tried with trees. Unlike Hamadryadnik, Dryads can move their spirit from tree to tree. They
can be playful or helpful, depending on their mood. Although the favor willow trees, any of the 13 Celtic sacred trees will
is a black dwarf of north England. They
are always full of malice toward men and ever eager to destroy them. See Dwarves for more information.
are borders spirits who haunt old peel towers and border keeps. They are not as wicked as red-caps but they are constantly
making noise. It is said that the noise gets louder, sometimes, as an omen of death or misfortune.
is common in Scandinavia. There are three types, Black, Brown and White. Black dwarves are
solitary and gloomy. Brown dwarves are next. Mischievous and more likely to interact with humans, they have been accused of
kidnapping human children. White dwarves are the ones most widely spread throughout Northern Europe.
They are comfortable above ground, but tend to return underground at sunrise. White Dwarves like humans more than the previous
two types. In Norse Mythology, dwarves resided in the realm of Svart-alfa-heim. Dwarves
are very similar to gnomes. They both hoard precious stones, metals, and artifacts.
olden days in Scandinavia faerie people were called elves. They were divided into light (liosalfar)
and dark (svartalfar) elves. Dark elves have dark hair and black eyes while light elves have blonde hair and blue eyes. Generally
tall and thin, these creatures have sharp delicate features (i.e. pointed ears). In legend the Scandinavian elves were said
to fight on the side of the gods against the evil giants. In lowland Scotland
the faerie people of human size were called elves. "Elf" was, however, as unpopular with the faeries themselves as the tactless
name of "fairy." Tiny elves of Britain and Germany are often mistaken for faeries. Elves are often associated with archery
days people used to believe the cries between flocks of geese were actually made by ghostly hounds with human heads who flew
high in the air, hunting souls of unrepentant sinners.
are very similar to dwarves. They too hoard precious items. Gnomes are excellent metal
workers, completely knowledgeable in all aspects of the process. From mining to fine craftsmanship, gnomes and dwarves are unparalleled. However, Gnomes are slightly smaller
than Dwarves and perfectly proportioned. It is sometimes said that gnomes move through the ground like fish do water. For
more information on specific types of gnomes, check out Gnomes
are evil and malicious spirits who love to frighten and hurt humans. These omnivores tend to be small, hideous, and avoid
sunlight. These creatures live in gangs. Sometimes they are dressed in crude leather armor and carry with them primitive weapons
such as spears. However they posses great strength and generally reside underground or in other uninhabited areas. Goblins
do occasionally take up residence in human houses. The results are disastrous. They are very much like Orcs.
creatures are a little more harmful than their "cousin" the Dryad. Looking like foliage, these creatures can easily disguise
themselves from humans, whom they loathe. At night they are bound to the tops of their tree/home and can't leave because touching
the earth at night will cause them to vanish forever.
was a nickname given to a Shetland Trows. They are small, grotesque people who limp (or henked) when they walked. Their music
is captivating but their dancing is odd. They clasp their hands around their knees.
are friendly, domesticated spirits who work for men. They are quite fond of practical jokes however. They are sometimes called
"hobmen" or "hobs."
is basically a goblin or bogies. They are little black things full of malice. "Impets" is another name for them.
are Cornish spirits that dwell in mines. They blast, pick, shovel and wheel away tin-ore for themselves. They are said to
knock in a place where richness is to be found. Other names given to them are: bockles, buccas, gathorns, nickers, nuggies
and spriggans. They are usually only heard, not seen.
are shoemakers, but they only work on one, not a pair. They love music and fox hunting as well as dancing. If you catch a
Leprechaun you can get what you wish, if you do not take your eyes from him. The pot of gold is associated with the cauldron
of the Old Crone Goddess. These creatures are solitary.
have extreme deformities. These human-size creatures are incredibly stupid. In Norse mythology, Ogres are said to create storms
by striking their iron clubs against the Earth.
are very similar to goblins. However, they look slightly less human than goblins do.
With leather skin, a pig-like snout, and tusks, these creatures are a fright to look at. They also carry with them a rancid
smell. Orcs, like goblins, live together and usually carry weapons and armor.
are merry, mischievous faeries of Somerset. They appear the
size of ordinary humans thought they are generally about the size of a human's hand. No matter the size, however, they always
have red hair and up-turned noses. Their eyes always squinting and mouths wide open. The clothes upon their bodies are green.
as phookas, kornbockes, bookhas, or bwcas, these hob-goblins are very mischievous. They will go out of their way to hurt children
and crops. They love babies especially and will take any chance to steal one. They have the heads of human men and bodies
are one of the most wicked and evil of all faeries/elves. They live on the Borders between England
and Scotland where there used to be a
lot of fighting. Usually only one redcap lives in a place at a time and is described as an old, broad-shouldered man with
with very strong, long buck teeth and skinny arms and hands. They have long, claw like fingernails and wear rust red caps
(hence their name), iron boots and carry pike-staffs in their left hands.
and hairy, they are often very grotesque. They are sometimes known as guardians of byways (ex. The Three Billy Goats Gruff),
but are also known for their meanness (ex. stealing land). Trolls have no loyalty to each other, although when they run away,
it is usually together. They find humans uglier and more frightening they we do them. Nevertheless they have been known to
steal both human mates and babies.
faeries with no legs, these squat, round creatures are native to Shetland and Orkney Islands.
These nocturnal creatures, having no legs, move around by rolling their bodies.
is kind of like a brownie, but a little rougher. They live in the Highlands of Scotland. They kind of look like Pan, at least
for their goat legs. They do household jobs as well as work on the farm (herding sheep and cattle). They live alone but have
meetings several times a year.