Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fear Dearg in Mythology

Today I'll be talking about an Irish mythology creature who is in one of my upcoming releases, Captivated. The Fear dearg, also known as far darrig, means "Red Man".

They are solitary fairies, which means they live alone and tend to be malicious and wicked.

The fear dearg lives up to its name in that he wears a red cap and coat. The Fairy and Folk Tales of Irish Peasantry book points out that they tend to be "most sluttish, slouching, jeering, mischievous phantoms." And it goes on to say that the fear dearg "busies himself with practical joking, especially with gruesome joking."

An interesting Fact is that this fairy is used in Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series in Divine Misdemeanors as well as in the Callahan's Crosstime Saloon book series's "The Callahan Touch" which has a character who is a mix of fear dearg and pooka.

Have you heard of the fear dearg/far darrig before? If so, I'd love to know where.

Sarah Mäkelä


  1. I've never heard of a dear derg before. Are they always male or can they be female?

    1. I've only seen mentions of them as guys, but I guess they could be either gender. Not sure. lol

  2. Hey, Sarah. I love all the little creatures of folklore. In Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee there is a depiction of the Fir Darrig (Fear Dearg). In this interpretation he wears a rust coat and tan/brown hat and looks like some sort of animal.