Entering the dangerous world of the fairies, podcast 2020

Season 3 of my BookWordy podcast explores creatures of myth and legend. Today’s episode is how you can access the land of fairy!

Season 3 of Book Wordy explores the land of fairy, the Perilous Realm. If you hear the sound of bells and unearthly music, see strange people dancing in the forest, should you cross that ring of mushrooms and join in on the merriment? NO!!

Mentioned in this podcast:

Not clear from Miles statement – how aware are you of making the decision to cross into fairy? What he meant (not so clear in this audio) is that you willingly make a decision to do X, but you may not be fully aware that X = Y. For example, you’ve invited the handsome man into your house, not realizing that this guy is a vampire!


John Gower‘s poem which started the confusion of a fairy and the land of Faerie: Confessio Amantis

Barrow mounds, sleeping on barrow mounds: Barrows are traditionally considered homes to fairies, elves, and trolls.

Sir Orfeo – entering fairy through a rock.

Pied Piper of Hamelin – disappearing into a mountain.

the land of fairy and its connection with the dead, cemeteries, and graves: Cult of fairies, spirits, and the dead.

The Questing Beast – stags and white hinds, and the boar, and even stranger beasts.

A ring of trees or strange clearings in a wood: referenced by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit. In Mirkwood, when the dwarves push Bilbo into into a clearing where the elves are partying, the elves disappear and Bilbo is cast into an enchanted sleep.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses, a German fairytale recounted by the Brothers Grimm.

Patricia McKillip’s books: Solstice Wood and The Book of Atrix Wolf.

Susannah Clarke: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, now on Netflix.

William Shakespeare: A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

J.M. Barrie – Peter Pan.

L. Frank Baum – The Wizard of Oz.

Wicked – the musical.

C.S. Lewis and Narnia – The Magician’s Nephew and The Last Battle.

Washington Irving – Rip Van Wrinkle.


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If you love exploring the land of the fairies, check out my new series: College Fae which includes Never Date a Siren (book #1) and A Study in Spirits (book #2).

The Book Wordy podcast publishes bi-monthly and is about 30 minutes in length, give or take 10 minutes. Find all the episodes on the Podcast page.

Episode Rating: does include some language. 14+ recommended.

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