Episode 67: An Introduction to Solitary Fae
The folklore of solitary fae in a nutshell, how I reimagined it for my writing, and translated to Afrikaans.
Written and narrated by Ronel Janse van Vuuren.
Copyright 2023 Ronel Janse van Vuuren — All rights reserved.
Learn more about Solitary Fae in folklore here.
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Music: Secrets by David Fesliyan (FesliyanStudios.com) and Dramatic Heartbeat by FesliyanStudios.com
You’re listening to the Faeries and Folklore podcast by Ronel.
I’m dark fantasy author Ronel Janse van Vuuren. With nearly a decade of digging around in dusty folklore books, researching creatures of imagination that ignited my curiosity, I’m here to share the folklore in a nutshell and how I reimagined it for my writing in an origin of the fae.
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We’re continuing our exploration of Solitary Fae.
Today’s Faery: Solitary Fae
Folklore in a nutshell by Ronel
Fae wandering the world on their own, doing things without others — they have to be weird, right? After all, humans who do things on their own are considered weird — especially writers.
William Butler Yeats decided that there are two types of faeries: solitary faeries and trooping faeries. Trooping faeries, as we’ve already discussed, prefer Court life. Solitary faeries, though, prefer living alone and are inclined to be malicious.
The most notable of Solitary fae is the leprechaun. He makes shoes, according to legend, and this has made him very rich. He has hidden his treasure in crocks all across the countryside. Other Solitary fae include the banshee, brownie, phouka and leannan sìth.
According to Yeats, all Solitary fae like to play tricks on people – some a bit more malicious than others.
As long as you leave them alone, they won’t bother you. Right?
And now for my interpretation of the fae in an origin of the fae: solitary fae
When the Rift happened, many fae were displaced into the mortal realm – along with pockets of Faerie. Some fae decided to leave Court affiliations behind and became Solitary. After the great battle caused by Morrígan that led to the Tithe, these Solitary Fae had to choose a Court to pay their tithes to in return for protection and the right to live on Court lands (all of the mortal realm was divided between the two Courts).
Solitary Fae come in many forms and sizes. And though interfering in the lives of mortals isn’t advisable (the Compact makes things tricky), some enjoy toying with humans.
As a little bonus, let’s look at this faery translated to Afrikaans: Alleenloper Feë (this is of my own making)
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