The faerie art of concealing their true appearance is called glamour and is used
to deceive mortals, they can alter their shape and the appearance of food, money
and surroundings. So a splendid feast spread out on a beautiful gold table could
be nothing more than nuts and berries laid on a log.
The use of faerie ointment on your eyes will allow you to see them in their true
state but be careful that the faeries do not find out as their wrath can be terrible.
The term glamour comes from the Scottish word glaumerie which means magic,
they use this power to capture mortals for breeding. The faeries are always trying
to improve their own race by mingling it with human blood. Over the centuries
the faerie bloodstock has declined and is now in desperate need of replenishing,
so they are always on the look out for new mortal partners. They prefer young
blonde blue eyed people. To guard against being snatched away from the church
on their wedding day brides are surrounded by bridesmaids who are similarly
dressed so the faeries would be confused when trying to seize the bride.
This also applies to the groom as the wedding night is considered to be the
most powerful time for mating with faeries. The bride or groom might be returned
later but due to the difference in time in faerieland and the mortal world their
family and friends could all be long dead by the time they return.
Faeries and Folklore of the British Isles