A Fairy SVG in Celtic and Germanic folklore is a mythological creature of metaphysical nature, possessing inexplicable, supernatural abilities, leading a hidden (both collective and isolated) way of life, and thus having the property to interfere in the daily life of a man – under the guise of good intentions, often causing harm. The image of a fairy as an exquisitely attractive, as a rule, miniature woman, was formed in the heyday of romanticism in Western literature and was developed in the Victorian era. In a broad sense, “fairies” in Western European folklore are understood to mean the entire variety of related mythological beings, often radically different from each other and appearance and habits, allegedly friendly and lucky, more often – the wicked and vindictive, prone to evil jokes and kidnappings – above all, babies.
Description of Fairy SVG
The idea of a Fairy SVG as a humanoid tiny creature, often with wings, appeared relatively recently, in the second half of the XIX century. Initially, the fairy was described in two ways – either as a tall, glowing angelic entity, or as something small and wrinkled, most suitable for the description of the troll. In the Scottish fairy tale “Fairy and the Cauldron” the following description is preserved: “…This fairy was a tiny woman with a spicy face, shiny eyes and brown skin of nut color. She lived in a green, grass-covered hill near the shepherd’s house.
In this case, the fairies were called feminine beings, the size was not accepted as a permanent reality: moreover, it was believed that this characteristic of the fairies acquire magical means, arbitrarily changing it, depending on what they want to make an impression. It was claimed that the fairy was capable of taking on a species of animals (selkie,kelpie). According to Justinian Gaux’s report, the fairies’ ability to reincarnate has no limits: the author of the 14th century claimed that the fairy had turned into two warring armies, which immediately entered into a bloody battle, leaving 700 corpses on the battlefield – and this was after the fairy, for all this responsible, had already managed to take the original form and from the scene to retreat.
The Reverend Robert Kirk, priest of the Aberfoil parish in Sterling, wrote about the appearance of fairies in 1691 (“The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies”): “These reasonable mobile spirits have luminous, changing bodies (related to what is called “astral”) and the “consistence” of a thick cloud; they are best seen at dusk. These bodies are so fickle because of the subtlety of the spirit that they are inhabiting them that they can disappear or appear at the request of the latter. The hint of fairies’ “illusionist” abilities is also present in the stories about the potions they present to people. A popular Scandinavian heroine is a woman who is summoned by fairies to give birth (in such cases, a woman who is often a mortal woman in childbirth and a woman who has been kidnapped by fairies). As a reward, the midwife is given a healing ointment, usually designed for the eyes of the child. Out of curiosity (or due to misunderstanding) she decides to try the effect of the drug on herself, after which she seems to see the reality (one such midwife said that she realized that she did not give birth to a noble lady in the palace, but to a mistress in a dirty cave) and returns to her own world, or blind or endowed with a dangerous property – to see a fairy.
In Celtic folklore, a Fairy SVG is a tiny or stunted creature that often becomes invisible, wearing a magic hat. The fairies’ favourite color is green; this is not just about clothes – there were reports of fairies with green skin and hair. For the first time, illustrators and artists of the Victorian era began to depict fairies with wings, as if borrowed from insects, when the fairy in the mass consciousness began to turn into a good beauty from children’s fairy tales. In ancient legends, nothing similar was described: fairies, as it was claimed, flew, but did not have wings, often using as “apparatuses” the stems of plants (such as ragweed) or birds.