Facts and fantasy about the very real faerie world.


  • Where do faeries live?

    Where do faeries live?

    20/08/2010 Duração: 03min

    In this three-minute mini-podcast, Fiona Broome discusses classic ways to reach faerie realms and why it's not as important to visit their world right now.

  • Believing in Faeries

    Believing in Faeries

    12/06/2010 Duração: 13min

    Putting aside her usual scientific and sociological tone, faerie researcher Fiona Broome explains why believing in faeries is so exciting. She starts by explaining that people around the world believed in faeries (or entities like them) through the early 20th century.  Then, the tidal wave of science smashed the dreams of faerie believers by calling their ideals mere "fantasies." However, despite the disapproval by many, people continue to believe in faeries and the fae world.  This goes beyond the "Ooh, cool!" exclamations of some science fiction enthusiasts.  It's more of an affinity for faeries, mermaids, dragons, and the ideals (and personalities) of King Arthur's court. Faerie believers aren't just wishing that faeries were real.  They believe in them.  From the first time they encounter a "fairy tale" or something related to the faerie-fantasy realm, there's a deep sense of recognition.  It's an "ah-HA!" moment, and sometimes a sense of finding home. Science changes its mind Keep in mind that the rules

  • Flying Faeries - fairies that fly!

    Flying Faeries - fairies that fly!

    28/05/2010 Duração: 14min

    Learn more about flying faeries:  Winged faeries, those who fly on flower stems and bulrushes, and faeries that levitate. Explore the different kinds of entities that fly, and why they are -- or aren't -- like faeries.  From Tinkerbell to succubus to vampires to shapeshifters, this 14-minute podcasts takes you on a whirlwind tour of faeries (and other entities) that seem to fly. For more information about faeries: Music: The Moods of Man, written & orchestrated by James Underberg  

  • Attracting Faeries

    Attracting Faeries

    14/05/2010 Duração: 12min

    Have you tried to contact faeries, and were you disappointed?  In this podcast, faerie researcher Fiona Broome answers readers' questions.  She explains what works -- and what doesn't -- when you'd like to make contact with the faerie world. From the basic steps of observation, to the extremes of highly dangerous faeries, Fiona describes what to do and what to watch for. She also reminds people what faeries like and don't like, and why you must be very careful when you first encounter a faerie of any size or form. Additional topics in this podcast include: Where to look for faeries. What kinds of faeries you can contact, and whether Asian people can meet Native American faeries, etc. Dangerous and "bad" faeries. Tidy rooms to attract faeries. How and why to avoid iron when you're on a faerie vigil. For more information, see Faerie Magick, the website. Music: The Moods of Man, written & orchestrated by James Underberg

  • Brownies in Faerie Lore

    Brownies in Faerie Lore

    30/04/2010 Duração: 11min

    Brownies are a kind of faerie.  They're in the category of Hob, a "house spirit" in the U.K. (Possible connection with Hobbits?) A Hob may be a word that evolved from the English given name of Robin, related to Robin Goodfellow, another name for a Brownie in southern England.  Hobs appear to be related to the Swedish Tomte or Tomtars, with a history similar to Ireland's Tuatha De Danann.  In both cases, these faeries retired to the "hollow hills" or Brughs: Hollow faerie mounds in which several families live (or lived). A Hobgoblin is a cousin of the Brownie, and -- perhaps because he's more of a practical joker -- the Hobgoblin is sometimes considered a poltergeist rather than a faerie.  Dobby in the Harry Potter stories seemed to be related to hobgoblins; a Dobie is another term for a brownie, in some areas, or it can mean a ghostly entity in other areas. Brownies are usually: Solitary faeries, seen alone or in very small groups. Male (but some are married, and that's usually the only time a female Brownie

  • Dwarves in Faerie Lore

    Dwarves in Faerie Lore

    17/04/2010 Duração: 09min

    In this week's Faerie Magick podcast, Fiona discusses dwarves. Roots: Dwarves are mentioned around the world in a variety of cultures and societies.  In Western culture, most folkore traditions seem to be rooted in Germany, Switzerland and England. Classic examples: Leprechauns, Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, and the ladies' attendants in King Arthur's court.  The latter are sometimes associated with ghosts, and the distinctions aren't clear. Appearance: Generally male, and human-like but diminutive, ranging from six inches tall to the more usual two to three feet tall.  The men look old and wise and often have long gray beards, but they aren't "old" since dwarves are immortal. Dwarves generally own some magical item of clothing such as a cap, a ring, a cloak or cape, or a belt.  It usually gives the invisibility, which is a form of glamoury. Most (but not all) dwarves are also shape-shifters.  (That's different from glamoury, which is largely an illusion.)  They usually turn into a creature with wings. 

  • Faeries, Banshees, Dragons and Elves

    Faeries, Banshees, Dragons and Elves

    02/04/2010 Duração: 14min

    Who are the elves of Ireland?  In this 14-minute podcast, Fiona talks about this question and several others. What surnames see the Banshee? Anyone can see a Banshee, but you're not likely to.  They rarely appear to humans.  However, since Banshees are real, it's possible for anyone to see them. For more information about the faerie-related families protected by Banshees, see Fiona's article, The Banshee. The Banshee is real; stories connect Banshees with specific Irish families. You can see (or, more often, hear) a Banshee whether you're related to an Irish family or not. Do people actually see faeries? Fiona says that this question is like asking if people actually see elephants.  In both cases, the answer is yes... if you're in a place where they are, and you know what you're looking for. Is this website a hoax/fake? No. Many of Fiona's faerie articles have been online for over ten years.  (They were originally at, which is now Fiona's ghost-related site, and at,

  • Faerie Terminlogy

    Faerie Terminlogy

    19/03/2010 Duração: 13min

    In this 14-minute podcast, Fiona Broome discusses three main topics: The words we use to describe faeries. Poltergeists - faeries or ghosts? Who has faerie ancestry. Terminology Faeries, pixies, goblins, elementals... what are they?  Are they connected? Fiona describes the problems in using labels and categories to describe faeries.  She traces the history of the term "elementals" to describe nature spirits -- sometimes faeries -- and how extreme the connections have become over many centuries. For example: Elementals of the ground are usually called gnomes, related to the element of Earth, the direction of North, the Moon, and the season of autumn. Sylphs are the elementals of the air, related to the east, the sun, and spring. Salamanders are elementals of fire, the south, Mars, and summer. Undines are elementals of water, the west, Jupiter, and winter. However, that's just one way to categorize faeries.  We can also categorize them by size, by whether or not they seem to remain in groups (or t

  • Faeries - Questions, Answers and Boggarts

    Faeries - Questions, Answers and Boggarts

    05/03/2010 Duração: 14min

    Are faeries real? Where do faeries live? What's the difference between pixies and faeries? Those are some readers' questions answered by Fiona Broome in this 15-minute podcast about faeries and boggarts. The questions include: Are faeries real? Do faeries exist? What do faeries look like? How do you see faeries? Is there proof that faeries are real?  Is there proof that faeries aren't real? How do faeries procreate? Where do faeries live? What is the difference between pixies and faeries? Can Christians believe in faeries? After that, Fiona talks about one kind of faerie, a boggart.  Boggarts are shape-shifters, and a good example of the darker side of the faerie realm.  Though boggarts can seem like demons or poltergeists, they aren't actually demons.  Some boggarts might be dangerous, but faeries -- in general -- are neither all good nor all bad.  Don't let the boggarts scare you too much. In addition, Fiona recorded an outtake from this podcast. You'll find it at in the Podcasts section.

  • Green Faeries

    Green Faeries

    19/02/2010 Duração: 12min

    Green faeries are among the strongest traditions in faerie lore.  They're usually associated with nature, the trees or even the forest.  In this 12-minute podcast, Fiona Broome talks about the following green faeries and related entities. The Green Man This "wild man" of the forest may be a faerie.  He -- and his fellow Green Men -- usually protect the forest and sometimes the animals in it.  The original "Green Man" may be Merlin, who was said to go mad for several years and, during that time, lived in the forested areas around the border between England and Scotland.  (His sister lived nearby, with her husband and family.) The Green Man may be related to these other traditions, as well:  the Green Knight, Green George, Jack in the Green, Latzman, the Leaf King, corn babies and corn dolls, the Wicker Man, or even Robin Hood. There may be benevolent, female counterparts in the woods, but Green Women in folklore are very different. Green Women The Green Women traditions seem to be well-established in the Scot

  • Faeries, Angels, Ghosts and Aliens

    Faeries, Angels, Ghosts and Aliens

    06/02/2010 Duração: 12min

    In this 13-minute podcast, Fiona Broome discusses the differences and similarities among four groups of entities:  faeries, angels, ghosts and aliens. For the purpose of this discussion, Fiona assumes that all of these groups are real, and descriptions in legends and folklore are accurate. Faeries - Can be big or small, winged or not.  They like things tidy, or they'll hide things from people.  Some of them seem to think it's funny to tease or torment pets.  Except for leprechauns, there's little evidence that faeries actually work. Angels - Can be big or small, winged or not.  They seem to have tasks, but -- like faeries -- people rarely see angels doing manual labor. Ghosts - Are usually the same size as people, and act like people, including work.  They're never reported with wings.  They don't seem to care if a home is tidy, but they prefer the house as it was when they lived or visited it.  Animals can seem fearful around ghosts, but ghosts aren't likely to torment them. Aliens - Appear in all sizes, but

  • Faeries - Little faeries in history

    Faeries - Little faeries in history

    22/01/2010 Duração: 12min

    Faeries have been documented throughout history.  Around 1000 B.C., the Greek poet Homer wrote The Illiad, in which he describes, "watery fairies dance in mazy rings."  ("Mazy" means maze-like, or like a labyrinth.)In the 12 century, Gervase of Tilbury described portunes (one kind of small faeries) in detail.  He said that some are as tiny as one half inch tall, or as little as a small finger.Later reports confirm his descriptions.Shakespeare popularized the image of playful, tiny faeries in his play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.  However, he didn't invent them.  (Nobody invented faeries.  They already existed.)There are many theories about the origins of faeries, going back to the time of Genesis in the Bible.  We know so little about faeries, it's difficult to decide what's true about them, except that they exist.In this 13-minute podcast, Fiona Broome talks about many faerie (or fairy) topics.* Little faeries in history * The possible importance of our belief in them* Early descriptions of faeries as "pygmie

  • Faeries - An Overview

    Faeries - An Overview

    08/01/2010 Duração: 11min

    Fiona Broome relaunches her faerie-related podcasts with this 12-minute overview of faeries and popular misconceptions about them. This podcast repeats many concepts from her earlier (2006) podcast series, with some updates. Key points: 1. Faeries are not ghosts, and though they may be related to humans, they aren't actually human, either.  Faeries are not divine, but may seem so, particularly when compared with the idea of guardian angels and other popular spiritual concepts. 2. Faeries may live in or under our world (this includes Hollow Earth ideas) or in a parallel reality. 3. Faeries can be small -- like the Tinkerbell images -- or even larger than humans. 4. Faeries may be sweet (Tinkerbell), pranksters (Puck or Rumplestiltskin), or even malicious and demonic.  However, they aren't related to traditional concepts of Satan or the devil. 5. The location -- specifically the characteristics of the landscape -- seems to relate to the kinds of faeries associated with that landscape.  Darker and dramati