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'''Fairies''' were creatures of [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] legend, only mentioned fleetingly.<ref name=H1/> If such creatures ever existed, it is possible that the Fairies of the [[Third Age]] were among the "''servants and helpers''" of the [[Maiar]] (mentioned in [[Elves|Elven]] chronicles)<ref>{{S|IIc}}</ref> — lesser spirits that would have remained in [[Middle-earth]].
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'''Fairies''' were creatures of [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] legend, only mentioned fleetingly.<ref name=H1/> If such creatures ever existed, it is possible that the Fairies of the [[Third Age]] were among the "''servants and helpers''" of the [[Maiar]] (mentioned in [[Elves|Elven]] chronicles)<ref>{{S|IIc}}</ref> — lesser spirits that would have remained in [[Middle-earth]] (and would thus be equivalent to the [[Sprites]]).
  
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
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[[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s concept of ''Faërie'' uses a deliberate variant spelling of ''fairy''. While both spellings derive from [[Middle English]] ''faie'' ("possessing magical powers"), the name ''fairy'' carry connotations of 'prettiness'. Tolkien wanted to distance himself from this modern sense, and by using ''Faërie'' (variants included ''Faery'' and ''Fayery'') he sought "''connotations older and considerably darker''".<ref>{{HM|OFS}}, p. 85</ref>  
 
[[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s concept of ''Faërie'' uses a deliberate variant spelling of ''fairy''. While both spellings derive from [[Middle English]] ''faie'' ("possessing magical powers"), the name ''fairy'' carry connotations of 'prettiness'. Tolkien wanted to distance himself from this modern sense, and by using ''Faërie'' (variants included ''Faery'' and ''Fayery'') he sought "''connotations older and considerably darker''".<ref>{{HM|OFS}}, p. 85</ref>  
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"It was often said (in other families) that long ago one of the Took ancestors must have taken a fairy wife."[1]

Fairies were creatures of Hobbit legend, only mentioned fleetingly.[1] If such creatures ever existed, it is possible that the Fairies of the Third Age were among the "servants and helpers" of the Maiar (mentioned in Elven chronicles)[2] — lesser spirits that would have remained in Middle-earth (and would thus be equivalent to the Sprites).

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Other versions of the legendarium

In early writings of the legendarium, Fairies was a name for the Elves.[3][4]

Names

Faërie, Faëry, Faery [...]

Inspiration and Etymology

J.R.R. Tolkien's concept of Faërie uses a deliberate variant spelling of fairy. While both spellings derive from Middle English faie ("possessing magical powers"), the name fairy carry connotations of 'prettiness'. Tolkien wanted to distance himself from this modern sense, and by using Faërie (variants included Faery and Fayery) he sought "connotations older and considerably darker".[5]

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Maiar"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, passim
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, passim
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien; Verlyn Flieger, Douglas A. Anderson (eds.), Tolkien On Fairy-stories: Expanded edition, with commentary and notes, p. 85
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