Dark Green: Some Disturbing Thoughts About Faeries (reblog)

The sleep of reason produces monsters; inversions, caricatures of what we know to be right and sensible. Sometimes the fancies of the night seem more substantial than the sober thoughts of daytime. The dreams of a folklorist are especially subject to this kind of inversion. Consider two magazine pieces published by that Victorian litterateur, Grant Allen of Haslemere. One is a serious contribution to folklore scholarship, while the other is its dark parody. But the night-time version is far more revealing. It says a great deal about the mind of its author; but it also tells us something about a hidden strand in twentieth-century paganism.

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5 thoughts on “Dark Green: Some Disturbing Thoughts About Faeries (reblog)

  1. Leenna Naidoo

    I’ve come across the theory of the fairies and Picts before, possibly in Fraser’s Golden Bough? It’s strange that the Victorians couldn’t seem to reconcile their extremely innocent and childlike views of the fairies along with the extremely shadowy or darker aspects of their lore.
    Thanks for sharing this 🙂

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