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Friday, 29 November 2013

Dragons of the Fairies

Dragons of the Fairies

Down by the lake, over there,
look at the air down at the edge of the water.
Where what appears to be like tiny flies
flying around the lilies there.
They appear to be like little dragonflies.
They appear to scurry to and fro with purpose.

As I am drawn for closer inspection, 
I realise that indeed,
these are no ordinary dragon flies.
These have wings of crimson
with tiny jaws that open and hiss at me,
and will someday be blowing smoke. 
Let it be known to those who know not.

The fairy dragons they are called by some,
dancing on the lilies.
As they sing as they dance,
and take nourishment from droplets of dew
from the leaves of forest trees,
and the sweet nectar of the flowers;
and can be friendly and gentle
and even let the fairies ride upon them.
They are also well known by the elves
as the elves also ride them and  
keep them as pets,
and make them their own homes to live in.

They like to sing and dance and it never fails, 
what ever song they sing, 
it is a delight for all in the village. 
But don't get too merry, be warned!
Once the dragons have grown,
They will leave to explore new land.

But please do not be too distraught, 
for the baby dragons will be back.
They will be back when air warms again,
and the darkness of winter relents
to the golden rays of the warming spring sun.


Thursday, 28 November 2013

The Mountain Fairies' Icy Realm

Like no other legendary figure the Saligen Fräulein utterly embody the beauty and the grandness of the high mountains. From Switzerland to Slovenia, from Austria to South Tyrol - everywhere in the Alpine regions legends tell about the magic and the grace of those mountain fairies.

Salig - the Old High German word means blessed, sound, or good. However, there are also other names for the Saligen: in Tyrol the "Wilden Fräulein" (wild young ladies) are called Schneefräulein (young lady of snow), Holde (graceful lady), or Heidnische (heathen woman). The almost transparent fairies of the South Tyrolean Fassatal (Val di Fassa), who are believed to live until the end of all times, are called Vivànes. In other parts of South Tyrol, the "Saligen" are known as Anguana, Salvària, Kristàna, Fai or Gana, Salighe, or Heilige Frau (holy lady). In Engadin (Switzerland) live the Diàles. Their outward appearance is versatile - depending on where they dwell: in the splendorous brightness of the glacial ice, in the gleaming green mountain forests, or in the depth of a clear mountain lake. They appear alone or in mythical trinity, similar to the Norns of the Nordic Mythology. All of those legendary figures share the characteristics of belonging to Nature and of guarding the Fauna and Flora.

The Goddesses of Ötzi the Iceman

The age-old legendary figure of the Saligen originates in pre-Christian times. In times in which the social order was still matriarchal, and the Alps were dominated by goddesses like Tanna, Alpina, or Donna Dindia. That matriarchal era ended when about 4000 years ago Indo-European peoples migrated to the Alpine regions. However, those female deities have endured millennia: legends tell about mountain fairies dressed in white, hidden in inaccessible mountain forests, caves, and in the glacial ice of the summits. Commonly the "Wilden Fräulein" (wild young ladies) are associated with rocks and stones. That also suggests the old age of the legends, as it obviously correlates to the worshipping of stones (Litholatria), which was introduced in the New Stone Age (about 5000 to 2000 BC) and lasted until Christian times. 

Some scholars believe that the "Wilden Fräulein" symbolize the native women of the Alps who were gradually replaced by migrating peoples. This theory is also supported by the fact that the Saligen are attributed with old knowledge and skills like working flax, grinding grain, making cheese, and the lore of minerals and medical herbs.

About well-meaning and wrathful Fairies

Despite their celestial beauty, the mountain fairies are not altogether aloof: they are not only guardian spirits of Nature, but they also help and protect humans - just as it is hoped for probably all around the world. They appear suddenly in huts and farms in the mountains, they help with the work and they bring boon and wealth to the house which sometimes lasts for nine generations. Many of these legends are evidence of the bitter poverty that characterized the hard life of mountain farmers over the centuries. Solace and hope arose, when the legends of the helping Saligen were told on long, dark winter nights in parlors blackened by the smoke of the open fire. Surely, the thought that a beautiful mountain fairy might provide her help in times of need, lightened the burdens and sorrows of many a poor mountain dweller. 

The storytellers of long ago attributed the Saligen with all the beauty and the grandeur of the high mountains, but also with their destructive powers. If humans arouse the wrath of the mountain fairies, they do not encounter any more kindness or helpfulness. The Saligen unmercifully take revenge for iniquities towards Nature and animals. They make hunters, who kill their chamois or deer, plunge to death, or cause avalanches and rockfalls when humans extravagate yet again.

The Glacier Paradise

The Saligen also appear as snow maidens or snow fairies, as beautiful and poetic figures. They dwell in fantastic crystal palaces far away from the world of man, inside of glaciers. Their bright white gown relates to the beauty and pureness of the perpetual ice. Some legends tell about gorgeous mountain pastures amidst the ragged wilderness of the glacier, where the snow fairies graze their white chamois - paradise can hardly be pictured more beautiful. If a hunter or herdsman somehow enters the realm of the Saligen, he is put under their spell and can not live in happiness among human beings ever again. For instance, a legend from Ötztal tells about a hunter who is saved by three snow fairies after he falls down a mountain. The Saligen take him to their crystal palace and nurse him back to health. 

The hunter returns home then and lives on yearning for the magic realm in the ice and its supernaturally beautiful dwellers. Once every month - at full moon - he is allowed to return to them for three days. However, when he accidentally gives away the location of the entrance of the crystal palace, the crevice closes forever. He is so desperate that he also breaks the second promise he has made: after his rescue he vowed that he would never again kill an animal of the mountains. Driven again by the desire to hunt he shoots a chamois on a steep ridge. At once the three mountain fairies appear, covered in bright light. The sight of their wrathful faces makes the miserable hunter plunge into the depths. 

Much time has passed since that day, much snowmelt has flown down the mountain brooks, as goes the Austrian saying. Today people go skiing on some of the Alpine glaciers. Other glaciers can be traversed and explored with a mountain guide and modern mountaineering equipment. However, no more stories have been told about humans who ever encountered the ice fairies again. Their fantastic realm moves further and further out of reach. No wonder, as modern man has grown out of the world of myths a long time ago. As more and more legendary figures and fairy-tale figures fall into oblivion, also the Saligen disappear from our planet. In our days not only the ice fairies but also the glaciers themselves withdraw from this world. All that is left are gray, smoothed rocks, and man’s eternal longing for a golden age and a change in the weather. When you think about the fading ice world of the Saligen, a nostalgic feeling inevitably arises - maybe even in the most well-informed, globalized-thinking rationalists who are governed by reason.

Let us, however, finally note the following thing: we cannot be sure that neither the glaciers, nor their graceful dwellers may return one day triumphantly, and conquer once again the Alpine world.
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Faries in the eternal ice

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Legend of Zelda Series

Hi my fairy friend, I guess It's time for me to resume posting, my apologies, had to do a little cleaning up in here. Every house needs it's cleaning. 

When you are weary of battle, please come back to visit me!"
— Great Fairy
Great Fairies are recurring characters in the Legend of Zelda series. Great Fairies are highly powerful Fairies commonly found residing within well-hidden fountains. They can provide Link with powerful items, as well as enhancehealth and magic. They are the closest thing to leaders of the race of Fairies, and are commonly depicted as being distinctly humanoid in appearance.


The Legend of Zelda

Great Fairies look identical to the fairies that randomly appear when an enemy is defeated. They fully heal Link every time he visits a Fairy Pond when his health is depleted.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Great Fairy (A Link to the Past)
There are several Great Fairies that fully restore Link's health as well as three Great Fairies that have special effects in this game; one behind the waterfall near Zora's Domain, one on an island in the middle of Lake Hylia, and one behind a wall outside thePyramid. They enhance certain items thrown into the pool situated in their respective rooms, or after throwing in Rupees, and are depicted as floating young women with Fairy wings and green clothing.
The waterfall Fairy grants a shield upgrade to block fireballs, aMagical Boomerang that travels further than the first Boomerang, andGreen Potion refills for any empty Bottles thrown in. The island Fairy,Venus, lets Link carry more Arrows and Bombs, after throwing in Rupees. Unlike the other two Great Fairies, this fairy wears a green dress gown, and is even identified by the name Venus, Queen of the Fairies, during the game's epilogue sequence.
Finally, the Great Fairy trapped inside the Pyramid gives Link the Golden Sword for throwing in the Tempered Sword, the Silver Arrows for the regular Arrows (which are needed in order to kill Ganon), and Green Potion refills for any empty bottles thrown in. This Great Fairy is notably obese, and explains that this is a side-effect of Ganon's magic.
It should also be noted that if Link does not obtain the Tempered Sword before speaking to the Great Fairy behind the wall of the Pyramid, she will grant him the Tempered Sword, which can then be taken to the Dwarven Swordsmiths in Kakariko Village to forge the Golden Sword, provided that the trapped smith has been rescued from the Dark World and rejoined with his brother in the Light World.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Great Fairies restore Link's health when visited, similarly to the Great Fairies from The Legend of Zelda. In the DXversion, the Fairy Queen resides at the end of the hidden Color Dungeon and gives Link either the magical Red orBlue Clothes, which boosts his attack or defense power, respectively. Link can return here at any time to switch the tunic he currently wears.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Great Fairy (Ocarina of Time)
Six Great Fairies can be found in total. These Fairies can be put into two "categories"; three are the Great Fairies of Magic and the other three are the Great Fairies of PowerWisdom, andCourage. The members of the first group of fairies are found near Hyrule Castle, in Zora's Fountain, and near the Desert Colossus. The second group of fairies can be located at Death Mountain Summit, inside Death Mountain Crater, and near Ganon's Castle. Interestingly, the locations of the Great Fairy of Magic near Hyrule Castle and the Great Fairy of Courage near Ganon's Castle are found at the exact same geographical location in the two periods of time visited in the game.
When Link has entered a Great Fairy Fountain, he must play "Zelda's Lullaby" when standing upon a Triforce crest to actually summon a Great Fairy. The first Great Fairy that Link visits grants him a Magic Meter. In addition, the Great Fairies of Magic provide Link with magic spells: Din's Fire from the Fairy at Hyrule Castle, Farore's Wind from the Great Fairy at Zora's Fountain, and Nayru's Love from the Great Fairy at Desert Collosus. The Great Fairies of Power, Wisdom, and Courage, found on Death Mountain Summit, inside Death Mountain Crater, and near Ganon's Castle, provide Link with the Spin Attack, a magic power upgrade that doubles the length of Link's magic meter, andEnhanced Defense, respectively. All the Great Fairies will also fully heal Link and restore his magic power upon subsequent visits to their fountains.
Unlike the Great Fairies of A Link to the Past these ethereal women have a much more garish appearance. They are barely garbed, covered only in leaves and vines, have long, colorful hair tied back into flowing sections, and thickly-applied vibrant color eyeshadow.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Great Fairy of Magic (Majora's Mask)
There are five Great Fairies found throughout Termina; however, they have been shattered into smaller Stray Fairies by the Skull Kid. The Great Fairy of Magic resides in a fountain in North Clock Town, where, at the start of the game, Link has to return the single Stray Fairy. There, he receives magic power. If Link again returns the Stray Fairy on another time loop, he will be granted the Great Fairy's Mask.
There is also one Great Fairy in each of the four major areas: WoodfallSnowheadGreat Bay, and Stone Tower. These fairies are called the Great Fairies of Power, Wisdom, Courage, and Kindness, respectively. After collecting all fifteen Stray Fairies from each of the temples, a new power or item is bestowed upon Link. They are an upgradedMagic Spin Attack, double magic power, Enhanced Defense, and the Great Fairy's Sword, respectively. All of the Great Fairies will completely restore Link's health and magic power when he visits them, even if they are still shattered into Stray Fairies.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons

Great Fairies, similar in appearance and function to the Great Fairies found in Link's Awakening, appear at select locations. If Link is wounded, they will restore his health.
The Great Fairy that resides on an island west of the Labrynna library is called the Fairy Queen. The Fairy Queen was turned into an Octorok by Veran in the past, and Link needs to find Fairy Powder to cure her, so she can cleanse the poisoned sea.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords

Three Great Fairies exist in the game: the Great Fairy of ForestGreat Fairy of IceGreat Fairy of Flame. They appear at the end of each level and give Link a Silver KeyGolden Key, or a Hero's Key, depending on how many rupees were collected in the level.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Great Fairy (The Wind Waker)
There are six fairy islands located on the Great Sea. They are: Northern Fairy IslandSouthern Fairy IslandEastern Fairy IslandWestern Fairy IslandThorned Fairy Island, and the Mother & Child Isles. Great Fairies can also be found in the Forest of Fairies on Outset Island, onTwo-Eye Reef, and inside mini-bosses in the ocean. The upgrades obtained from each island are, respectively: Wallet upgrade, Bomb Bag upgrade, another Bomb Bag upgrade, a Quiverupgrade, another Giant Quiver upgrade, Fire and Ice Arrows, another Wallet upgrade, and doubled magic power.
In this game, Great Fairies are large, floating, four-armed women with dark skin, no pupils, and skirts that spiral away into nothing, which may or may not be hiding legs. Interestingly, they somewhat resemble depictions of Hindudeities.
There is a Queen of Fairies in the Mother & Child Island, who has the appearance and size of a human child. However, her skin is color-shifting, and she has no irises or pupils. She is shown holding a doll that resembles the other Great Fairies found in the game. Also the Great Fairy on Outset Island, dubbed the Fortune Goddess, is stated to have been present during the time of the "legendary hero".
Figurines of the Great Fairies and Queen of Fairies can only be acquired by purchasing their pictographs from Lenzoon Windfall Island, as they only appear in cut-scenes, and thus their pictures cannot be taken otherwise. Their descriptions in the Nintendo Gallery state that they were born on the Angular Isles, the strange man-made islands in the south seas.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Great Fairy (Four Swords Adventures)
Great Fairies upgrade one of Link's current weaponry to Lvl. 2 items. They resemble the Great Fairies fromThe Wind Waker.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

Great Dragonfly Fairy's Fountain
The Great Dragonfly Fairy's Fountain
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There are a total of three Great Fairies, who are known as the Great Butterfly FairyGreat Mayfly Fairy, and the Great Dragonfly Fairy. They bear striking resemblance to the Great Fairies from Four Swords.
The Great Butterfly Fairy resides within a tree in the northwestern corner of the Minish Woods, though it is only accessible from the western portion of the Eastern Hills by using the Cane of Pacci. Her fountain can be accessed only if Link has completed the correctKinstone fusion. She will give him the Big Wallet, which allows him to carry 500 Rupees (unless he has already found a different Big Wallet by this point in the game).
The Great Mayfly Fairy lives in a cave on a ledge, on the eastern side of the Crenel Wall at Mount Crenel. She will present Link with the Big Bomb Bag, an upgrade that permits him to carry 40 Bombs.
The Great Dragonfly Fairy dwells in a cave in the Royal Valley. Her gift to Link is the Large Quiver, which allows him to carry more arrows.
The three Great Fairies all look extremely similar, and greatly resemble the Great Fairies in Four Swords. Each one is also seen in the course of the game in the form of one of the figurines which can be purchased from Carlov in exchange for Mysterious Shells.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Great Fairy (Twilight Princess)
One Great Fairy, claiming to be Queen of all fairies, appears inside the multi-level enemy gauntlet known as the Cave of Ordeals. In this incarnation, the Great Fairy resembles a young woman with long, green hair and pointed ears. She wears no clothing save for a small cloth that is tied around her waist as a skirt; her breasts are barely covered by the lengths of her hair. She grants Link access to a mystical substance known as Great Fairy's Tears if he survives the cave and reach her at the end.
Additionally, for every ten floors completed, she releases normal fairies to each of the Spirit's Springs located acrossHyrule. It should be noted that this is the first instance in a three-dimensional Zelda game in which the Great Fairy doesn't upgrade any of Link's items or attributes. The Great Fairy's most common form is a sparkling cloud of green mist and smoke, and she appears in this form at the Spirit Springs, as well as in the Cave of Ordeals when Link is not talking to her.

Non-canonical appearances

Non-canon warningThis article or section contains non-canonical information that is not considered to be an official part of the Legend of Zelda series and should not be considered part of the overall storyline.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

A Great Fairy from The Wind Waker is featured as a sticker, as well as a trophy. The sticker gives a +21 bonus to magic attacks. Like all other stickers that grant bonuses to magic attacks, it can only be applied to Zelda and Peach.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Faery Legends

Faylinn means fairyland in the Celtic world, which is the origin of most all faery legends. The Nordic tribes (which is the basis for the Lord of the Rings trilogy) believed in wizards, dragons, elves, and dwarves. Celtic mythology includes all that plus fairies, mermaids, selkies, leprechauns, giants, banshees, fuaths, pixies, brownies, sprites, and more.

The Faylinn Collection contains hundreds of faeries from Celtic myth and legend including the three famous faeries from Sleeping Beauty, the Blue Faery from Pinocchio, the faery Godmother from Cinderella, and all the other popular, legendary faeries from our youth plus so many more. All these faeries are based on Celtic myth, legends, and  history, in addition to the lesser known Tuatha de Danann faeries, who ruled Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Britain from 1897 BC to 1700 BC, then retreated to their mystical faerylands underground, in the sky, and in the sea.

All of the Faery Legends portraits in the Faylinn Collection come in three sizes: 5x7, 8x10, and 11x14. These pictures are a multimedia combination of photographs, illustrations, paintings, and digital art. Each finished piece is a collage of 15 to 100+ photographs with faces and faery wings hand painted into the collage, then merged together to create an amazingly REAL LIFE portrait of an actual person who lived during the Celtic reign (from about 3000 BC to 900 AD).  

These portraits ARE NOT laser or ink jet printed pictures on photograph paper, but REAL photographs using the full, 4-color, photographic process and developed on beautiful satin Fuji paper. Each portrait takes about 50 to 100+ hours to complete and is over 100 megabytes in size.   

Portraits are available with black or white mats (all acid free) or unmatted on acid free poster board, both displayed in a clear poly bag. In addition, each portrait comes with a beautiful illustrated card that tells the individual faery’s story; that is, his/her name, history, home, lifestyle, clan, etc. And, because these portraits are actual photographs and not just prints, they will last through many lifetimes.


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