Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pixies from Folklore

Ack! Sorry, sorry, sorry! I managed to do it again. *scribbles her next Castles & Guns blogging date on a calendar in big letters* I've been busily writing and editing my current manuscript in almost a whirlwind this past week, so needless to say, I'm a little out of it. *grins*

Speaking of the manuscript in question, it features elves and other beings of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts -- a first for me, so today I offer you some information on Pixies.

Illustration from Among Pixies and 
Trolls, a children's anthology
Name: Pixie (also Pixy, Pixi, Pizkie, Piskies and Pigsies)

Type: fairy or sprite-like being

Origin: Cornish folklore

Description: Pixies are very small beings that live mostly in the high moorland areas near Devon and Cornwall. They're also associated with exploring ocean caves. Usually, they are naked or scantly clothed and possess pointed ears and a pointed hat. Some say that pixies have wings, and others say they are without wings. One thing they especially enjoy is riding horses. While doing so, they make ringlets in the manes of the horses they ride. As for their demeanor, sometimes they kidnap children or mislead travelers (the cure for being pixie-led is to turn your coat inside out), but they not thought to be malevolent. They've been said to be help out widows and those in need at times.

Interesting Facts: Pixies lore predates Christianity in Britain, and the people in Cornwall and Devon took them quite seriously. To this day, there is a Pixie Day from an old tradition re-enacted annually on the Saturday in June nearest Mid-Summer's Day in Ottery St. Mary, England.

Have you heard of Pixies before? If so, where?

1 comment:

  1. Fun post, Sarah. I love all fae creatures. When I think of pixies, I see them dancing in the garden. :)