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Do you use Fairies in your world?
Yes! Of course! 30%  30%  [ 11 ]
Sometimes, they aren't a main race. 35%  35%  [ 13 ]
Nope, don't usually. 19%  19%  [ 7 ]
Never!! 16%  16%  [ 6 ]
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 Post subject: Re: Fairies In Your World
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:04 am 
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Donn, the way you call the Faeries is the same as me. I think little pixie, charming, glittery things when I hear fairy. Faerie is completely different.
My faeries are more serious, sometimes sinister beings. They don't really have wands, just long life and enhanced sensing. Solitary creatures.

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 Post subject: Re: Fairies In Your World
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Donn Quixote wrote:
When I think of the spelling, "fairy," it reminds me something of Tinkerbell, which is why I prefer the spelling, "faery," because it sounds more...well, serious?

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I think little pixie, charming, glittery things when I hear fairy. Faerie is completely different.

How ... odd. I'll admit that the vast array of fairy tales we know from various different cultures, and the unfortunate pop-culture representations, have led to a number of divergent images associated with "fairy"---but ...

To me, "faerie", except for phrases like "Realms of Faerie" (where, were we talking about us, we might say "Humanity" or "Man" or "America" or "England") and the context of Spenser's poem The Faerie Queene (which was using a dialect of English that he invented for the purpose), simply sounds pretentious. If you want to avoid the Disney baggage associated with "fairy", "fae" is a perfectly good word. :)

On the other hand, if you feel up to changing the language, all the more power to you. :)

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Fae makes me think more of a kind of Faerie. Like, there are forest people, river people etc... And they are all faeries. Faerie is a general turn I like to use, to include the different groups. Faes, to me, are more like elves than real faeries. It's strange, but I've always seen them as similar to the elves of Erindale in Lord of the Rings.

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Way-chan wrote:
Fae makes me think more of a kind of Faerie. Like, there are forest people, river people etc... And they are all faeries. Faerie is a general turn I like to use, to include the different groups. Faes, to me, are more like elves than real faeries. It's strange, but I've always seen them as similar to the elves of Erindale in Lord of the Rings.

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It's worth noting that in the fairy tales, from what I remember, "elf", "dwarf", and "fairy" were all basically synonymous. Until Tolkien changed all that. "Faerie" was a spelling of "Fairy" that Edmund Spenser invented for the supposedly-archaic "Old High English" dialect he made up for The Faerie Queene. And "fae" (if it's a singular noun at all---I shouldn't have mentioned it) is its own plural. :)

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I have similar connotations as Way-chan. I see Fairy as being a pixyish, impish little character. I see Faery *loves that spelling * as being more elfin, willowy, and mystical, in a sense.

Fae makes me think of a people group, as opposed to a being.

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I have developed more of a leaning toward fairy type creatures recently. Sometimes they are more nymphish, being the vague sentience of plants, rivers, and things. Other times, they are more as they originally were. Creatures like Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty who is a proud creature from a vastly different culture who has powers to wield in favor of those who please her, and in harm against those who do not. Going through a series of rewritten fairy tales, I have a lot of fun opportunities to work with fairies as every day characters and as extraordinarily arcane beings.

I don't know much about her yet, but I'm going to name one Trickadee.

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My fairies are evil fuzzy things with stingers. :D At least in Egnitheos...

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