Into the Mounds

myth and meme month

The host is riding from Knocknarea
And over the grave of Clooth-na-Bare;
Caoilte tossing his burning hair,
And Niamh calling Away, come away:
Empty your heart of its mortal dream.
The winds awaken, the leaves whirl round,
Our cheeks are pale, our hair is unbound,
Our breasts are heaving, our eyes are agleam,
Our arms are waving, our lips are apart;
And if any gaze on our rushing band,
We come between him and the deed of his hand,
We come between him and the hope of his heart.
The host is rushing ‘twixt night and day,
And where is there hope or deed as fair?
Caoilte tossing his burning hair,
And Niamh calling Away, come away.

The Hosting of the Sidhe, William Butler Yeats

There’s been increased requests for fae information coming from various areas of my life, so I’ve decided to cheat a little and put together a list (which I’m going to try to keep updated) of the faerie and fae lore that I’ve collected thus far.

Fae folklore is hard, because it’s slippery and often based heavily on oral lore, which means it’s dependent on who is teaching you. A lot of what I know is orally taught as well, so there may be differences between what you know and what I know.

…It also tends to run much darker than what most people are currently familiar with. There’s a lot to be said on why (and I will be touching on that eventually), but the shorthand is that the Victorians had a lot to do with ‘toning down’ the folklore because it wasn’t child or society friendly-therefore a lot of the darkness was stripped out of the stories. This is why there is a subculture of people working with fae energy and folklore tend to emphasize that no, actually, the fae are not actually creatures of joy and light-the beansidhe is still a faerie, like it or not. It’s like anything else, some are, some aren’t.

I don’t classify a folklore that includes things like ‘turning into dust coming out of the mounds’ and ‘rivers of blood, waist deep’ to be a ‘light’ tradition. As with all things, balance.

I will also include on this list some of the pop cultural pieces I’ve reviewed with a heavy fae influence.

Alp Luachra

Bansidhe

Baobhan Sith

Barghest

Black Shuck

Brownies

Cat Sith

Dullohan

Facen and Saci

Fae (Overview)

Fae in Pop Culture

Glamour

Pooka

Sluagh

Tuatha De Danann

The Whole Victorians and Fae Thing

 

Black Forest

The Faeries of Blackheath Woods

House of Dead Leaves

The Hum and the Shiver

Inhabited

Tam Lin

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