Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pixie Folklore

Illustration from Among Pixies and 
Trolls, a children's anthology
Hey everyone! I hope you're having a great week. Today's topic is... pixies, which also are known as pixy, pixi, pizkie, piskies and pigsies. lol

Pixies are a fairy or sprite-like being from Cornish folklore.

They 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? What TV, movies, books, etc. have you seen them in?


Sarah Mäkelä
www.sarahmakela.com

4 comments:

  1. I always thought Tinkerbell was a pixie. Was she?

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  2. Yeah, I think Tinkerbell is a pixie. She uses pixie dust. Unless she stole it. Which she might have--she's a little sneaky. lol

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  3. Thanks for the comments, Darcy and Kerry. I looked it up, and Tinkerbell was a fairy that uses fairy dust in the original version, but she's a pixie with pixie dust in the Disney version. :-)

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  4. But really, when I think of a pixie, I think of Tinkerbell. lol

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