known in different parts of the world as nymphs,
little people, trolls, or spirits,
these creatures play a vital role in popular superstitions.
origins are most likely pagan, and thus they have been demonized
by organized religions.
a group, they are usually deminutive and capricious, as
likely to lend a hand as they are to torment and tease.
the most part, these entities live in the natural places
they protect: trees, fields, forests, rivers, banks, brigdes,
and stony ledges for example.
are easily whipped into a fury if proper respect is not
paid to their home, but their wrath can be avoided with
gifts of food, flowers or coins.
adore lovers, music, dance, and laughter, but once crossed
can be vicious enemies. They are often responsible when
something is missing, as they look at any human possession
as fair game.
more malicious kinds will kill or maim a human, but only
if the person stupidly blunders into their territory without
heeding their rules or paving the way with a smail gift.
can be warded off with iron or steel since they abhor any
element of industry or violence.
to some, these little people are actually fallen
angels who were saved from Hell by Christ. As the angels
fell, Christ lifted his hand to stop the least responsible
beings at the earth's surface, thus some vestige of goodness
has remained in them.