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Blog For Readers: Fairies

In Cornwall, where I presently live, there are fairies. But let us be clear about the Cornish fairies. They were far from the diaphanous creatures with gossamer wings, beloved by the late Victorians and immortalised by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (whose book, The Coming of The Fairies so surprised his readers). These were not the Little People who flitted here and there among the flowers of the meadows. They were elementals: spirits of the land and fierce protectors of its terrain. Since the land was sacred to the indigenous population of pre-industrial Cornwall, the Small People were its nature spirits.