There are legends of fairies all over the world, mysterious creatures who live apart from the race of mankind but who are sometimes seen in wild and lonely places. Some are large and some are small, some are good and some are evil. Many are solitary beings living alone to guard a well, a hill, a tree, or a lake. Some aristocratic fairies gather together in large bands to form a fairy court. The world of the fairy sometimes impinges on that of mankind. Their kingdoms appear and disappear. Usually fairies are only seen in the blinking of an eye, though there are tales of humans who have spent extended periods with them, or feasting and dancing with them for what seems to be a night, only to find that many years have passed in the human world. Human men and women have occasionally become the lovers of a fairy, but this relationship always has conditions and taboos imposed on it, and should the fairy lover leave for any reason - usually because of the breaking of a taboo - then the human will pine away and die. Anna Franklin shares the folklore of fairies in this book, exploring their myths and origins.