Faeries, or fey, is a collective term referring to any magical creature that lives within the Invisible World. Faerie can also be another name for the Invisible World itself.
In the Spiderwick universe, faeries usually remain invisible or disguised to human eyes, who are generally not aware of their presence. However, a small percentage of humans have the ability to see faeries, commonly called the 'Sight', acquired naturally (for example, by being the seventh son of a seventh son or having red hair) or artificially (by looking through a holed stone or possessing a four-leafed clover). In the series, the Grace children receive the Sight when the hobgoblin Hogsqueal spits in their eyes, and the Vargas kids receive it when they are held under the water that a nixie had been soaking in.
They are portrayed as living many years, so many of the faeries encountered by the main characters also met Arthur Spiderwick and other long-dead humans in the past, without having aged. The species of fairies in the series are mainly taken from European mythology and folklore and Medieval bestiaries, including brownies, goblins, dragons, sprites, and elves, among many others.
Faeries, as a rule, do not wish to be seen. To remain concealed, faeries employ glamour, a kind of magic, to disguise themselves. Goblins can appear like large toads with dried leaves for ears. Trolls might seem to be mossy boulders. Sprites might look like insects. If they choose to, faeries can disappear completely.
No faerie (except dwarves) can handle iron or materials made from iron, such as steel. If a faerie touches iron, the exposed spot will be burned and damaged. Many faeries are violently "allergic" to human household chemicals, and also salt. On the other hand, they like milk (best if it is lukewarm). Those faeries who are intelligent enough to wear clothes often wear green clothing. The color green can draw faeries closer, however, they can be displeased to find a human wearing their color. Red has the opposite effect and causes faeries to shy away just like smoke does to bees, according to the Field Guide. Another protective method against malevolent faeries is a bunch of twigs — one from an oak, one from an ash and one from some kind of thorn three — bound together with red thread.
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup oat's
- Tablespoon sugar
- Handful raisins,dried fruit, or edible flowers
- Mix together oat's and milk
- Stir in sugar
- Drizzle with raisins, fruits or flowers
- Serve to faeries
- Even though the term "Fairy" is often identified with small, winged humanoid beings of beauty, the Old British and Irish word "Faerie" encapsulates many different types of magical beings, both small and big, good and bad, and beautiful and ugly.