The Fae Folk | True Sightings and Historical Frauds

Fairies, banshees, gnomes, and more! Nymphs, elves, and dragons galore! According to legend, the Fae folk are a legendary band of mythical beings that exist in the Fairy Realm. Many of them (especially fairies, elves, and gnomes) are known for their mischievous and childish nature. Have you ever sworn you placed your keys on a table, then turned around to notice that it had vanished, but ended up finding it in a completely different room? Well, if you live near a nature-filled area with lots of flowers and plants, according to many Fae enthusiasts, it might just have been a fairy.

The Fae folk have always been a subject of curiosity to me since I was a little girl. I still remember sitting at my computer at around eight years old, obsessing over YouTube videos that claimed to have caught real footage of a fairy or some other mythical creature. I genuinely believed they could be real – and to be honest, I still haven’t lost that belief. Even as a young adult, a huge part of me wants to believe that there does exist a fairy realm and that these beautiful beings live there unseen by the human eye.

And of course, it seems that there are others who agree with me. Though there have been countless times where fraudsters would prey on people’s curiosities and create elaborate hoaxes in which real mythical creatures would supposedly be caught in photos and films, the human imagination and need for something greater endures through all of that. People just love to believe, and there is something so beautiful in that.

One of the most famous fairy frauds was none other than the Cottingley Fairies. Made famous by the interested reports by Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Cottingley Fairies was a series of photographs that claimed to have captured tiny human-like creatures with wings, like fairies, dancing and frolicking among two young girls. When these photos were introduced to the public, people went mad, believing that proof had finally be found of the existence of fairies!

Unfortunately, the Cottingley Fairies was eventually made out to be a hoax. The photos are now called an “art series,” much to the disappointment of the early nineteenth-century public.

One of the photos in the Cottingley Fairies series.

Luckily, there have been more realistic sightings of the Fae that are up to you to decide whether they are real or not. The story of the little girl trapped in the fairy realm, for instance.

In terms of the Fairy Realm itself, here is an interesting video by one of my favourite YouTubers, Hailey Reese, that had me intrigued and gaping from beginning to end. It is about a little girl who was supposedly “kidnapped” and put in a coma by the fairies of High Park in Toronto, Canada. If you’ve ever been there, you know the area is bountiful in different types of foliage and beautiful flowers, and as I said before, fairies love to make their homes here. Could this story, a cry for help from a desperate mother, be proof of fairies existing in High Park?

Many believe that the Fae folk are not the sweet and innocent “Tinker-Bell” archetypes that we see them as, but actually dangerous and evil beings. I had never really put any thought into this belief until I saw Hailey’s video. If the story is true, why would these fairies kidnap a human child and keep her in their realm? It seems pretty evil to me. Still, it’s hard for me to throw away that image of beautiful fairies dancing and frolicking in buttercup and rose petals all night long, and adorable gnomes playing mischievous little pranks on people. Perhaps it is just because it is how I have seen them throughout my childhood, like many others have, thanks to Disney and fairy tales.

What do you think? How do you see fairies and other Fae folk? Or do you not believe in them at all?

I would love to hear some of your experiences below, if any!

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