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Fairy passage by John Anster Fitzgerald (1823-1906)
In the English Language fey means otherwordly, able to see the future, or touched in the head. In popular culture the fey, if recognized at all, are small, winged, humanoid, female creatures who are frequently portrayed in the nude. [1]

Fae' can also be used as a collective term instead of describing one specific race. Classifications for fae include that of disposition, Seelie Court (Light) and Unseelie Court (Dark), and whether they live as a community (Troop) or on their own (Solitary). There are fey in every culture when the term is stretched to its broadest definition.[1]

Types of Fae

In mythology and folklore 'fae' encompasses many magical creatures including, but not limited to:

  • Brownie
  • Dryad
  • Dwarf
  • Elf
  • Fairy
  • Gnome
  • Goblin
  • Gremlin
  • Hob
  • Imp
  • Kelpie
  • Knocker
  • Kobold
  • Nixie
  • Nymph
  • Ogre
  • Phooka
  • Pixie
  • Redcap
  • Selkie
  • Sidhe (pronounced "shee")
  • Sprite
  • Tomte
  • Troll
  • Trow
  • Will'o'Wisp
  • Xana

Otherkin Subculture

Among the otherkin subculture a fae is a type of otherkin and is sometimes also used as a general term for a wide variety of fey creatures, including the list above.


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