More Fun Faerie House Projects

As soon as I saw this, I fell in love with the idea. You could use almost any plastic bottle for this. (Some are easier to cut and shape. Others are a challenge, but provide a sturdier base.)

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  1. Hi Fiona! I love your site and podcasts. I am admin for a facebook group American Gods Neil Gaiman fans Spinoff Book Club. We are reading Fragile Things/ The Fairy Reel this week. Have you read it? It is a poem basically. Pretty short. I wanted to know what kinds of faeries hurt humans? He writes of meeting on a narrow path fairy woman who takes his heart and gives it to the brown boys to string his heart and play it on a violin.

    1. Hi, Wendy! Few faeries can actually hurt humans. The most malicious faeries — and yes, some of them seem to enjoy tormenting people — are still living in a long-ago context. That means they’re usually repelled by anything made of iron. According to some legends, iron can actually drain those faeries of their energy.

      In turn, that means most of them avoid humans, if only because we usually have a lot of iron around us. Steel is almost entirely iron, so you probably carry things in your purse or pockets that contain iron. For example, you keys may be made of iron. Your car probably is. And so on. The easiest way to tell is to check the item with a magnet.

      (Magnets are usually made of steel, as well. It’s a bit of a reach, but one reason that some people with fae ancestry feel uneasy wherever they sense magnetic energy. I’ve also wondered if some of our north-south and east-west direction traditions are based in going with — or counter to — the magnetic flow on our planet.)

      I’m a major fan of Neil Gaiman’s writing, and I have read that poem. Gaiman can evoke all kinds of great imagery. Much of it fits traditional faerie lore, but other things deliberately take license with them. (Brian Froud is another person whose faerie “lore” is often correct.)

      Thanks for asking, and mentioning that poem.


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