Monday, 27 June 2016

Where Have All The Fairies Gone?

"In those days the Faerie folk still dwelt upon earth..."
-Poul Anderson, The Broken Sword (London, 1977), p. 21.

"As for what became of those who were still alive at the end of the book, and the sword, and Faerie itself - which obviously no longer exists on Earth - that is another tale, which may someday be told."
-Anderson, The Broken Sword, Foreword, p. 12.

Morpheus/Dream to his sister, Death:

"A delegation of Faerie came to me, last night. They are talking about abandoning this plane for ever."
-Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: The Doll's House (New York, 1995), p. 117.

Dream to Auberon:

"During your stay on this Earth the faerie have afforded me much diversion, and entertainment.
"Now you have left, for your own haunts."
-Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Dream Country (New York, 1991), p. 83.

So Anderson and Gaiman agree that the fairies have left Earth. Two works of fantasy confirm what we can verify from our own experience!

I will be in London and away from a computer from Thursday 30 June until Monday 4 July.


  1. Your experience and mine differ. I remind you of an argument we had a few years ago, where I said that historical pantheons were fluid and you argued with much certainty that they were fixed. It took two academics agreeing with me before you would concede the point. I mention this because you have a habit of assuming you are right, and in this specific belief, that the fairies have gone, I will say only that they are much better nowadays at hiding.
    To speak of "our" experience is quite rude. I would never assume to speak for other people. That way lies arrogance beyond words. And trust me in this, Fairies do not appreciate arrogance amongst mortal folk. That may be why your experience and mine differ.

    1. Tree,
      Thank you. I am not used to receiving feedback on this blog.