Saturday, 17 November 2018

The faeries of Lincolnshire



The tiny faeries of Lincolnshire are referred to as ‘Strangers’, small 
creatures with arms and legs that are as thin as threads, and on the ends of these,
enormous hands and feet.
They can be seen scampering about the flat lands of the Fens wearing their 
distinctive yellow hats in the shape of toadstools, the rest of their clothing
is just the normal green jacket and breeches. Apart from this, their appearance is 
quite odd; they have long noses, great wide mouths out of which their tongues 
have a tendency to loll.
Up until quite recently, offerings were left for these people on flat stones around 
the Fens, usually the first ears of corn and the first new potatoes of the crop.
Bread and milk and also Beer  would be left upon the fireplaces of the locals' homes
 to ensure a good harvest for the following year, for the ‘Strangers’ were believed to
 help the corn ripen and all things to grow.

If neglected, these faeries can be vindictive, affecting harvests, and even the birth rate!


 from Faeries and Folklore of the British Isles

Thursday, 15 November 2018

If thou wouldst see faeries