Mythology: Bwbachod

Bwbachod (the singular is Bwbach) are Welsh household spirits, and are a lot like Brownies.  Other names for bwbachod are booakers and cottagers.  If you are kind to a Bwbach, it will help around the house and farm.  Tidy Welsh girls who sweep the kitchen, make a good fire, and leave out cream are especially... Continue Reading →

Mythology: Kelpies

Kelpies are perhaps the creature least suited to having a Brownie Six named after it.  A Kelpie is a Scottish water devil who lurks in lakes and rivers.  It can change shape, becoming a horse or a man.  Both of the Kelpie’s forms are beautiful beyond belief, but the Kelpie’s character is anything but beautiful.... Continue Reading →

Mythology: Ghillie Dhu

The ghillie dhu is a solitary Scottish creature which lives in the forest.  It is particularly fond of birches, and can be found disguised as foliage in the branches of these trees.  They are said to have been spotted in a birch grove at the end of Loch Druing near Gairloch, but probably live in... Continue Reading →

Mythology: Leprechauns

Most people know that Irish leprechauns have a pot of gold, which they have hidden at the end of a rainbow.  But do you know how to find the treasure? If you see a leprechaun – they are small, grotesque, and dress in red or green with a leather apron, silver buckled shoes, a red... Continue Reading →

Mythology: Sprites

Sprites are sandy coloured creatures, about knee height,  with green eyes, but they are very shy so nobody has seen them up close.  They can shape shift, most commonly into birds.  They are common in East Anglia, and also Spain and Mexico.  It is not considered lucky to talk about them. There was an Essex... Continue Reading →

Mythology: Pixies

Like most of the creatures in this series, Pixies can be wonderful friends if you please them, but if you are lazy, a cheat, or do harm to others, beware! Pixies are usually no larger than a human hand, with red hair, pointed ears and up-turned noses.  They wear green clothes, and they love to... Continue Reading →

Mythology: Elves

The elf seems to have been the original name for a fairy.  They were at first elemental spirits, and were divided into field-elves, wood-elves, mountain-elves and sea-elves.  They are very small and can change their shape at will.  They are also usually beautiful, unlike many of the other creatures described here.  For this reason they... Continue Reading →

Mythology: Imps

An imp is basically a goblin or bogie.  They are little black creatures which are full of malice.  They avoid the sun and live in gangs underground.  Imps wear leather armour and sometimes carry spears, and they are very strong.  Imps are shape shifters, and can often be seen as a shadow in the shape... Continue Reading →

Mythology: Gnomes

The word Gnome comes from a Greek word for knowledge.  Gnomes live underground and always know where all the precious metals are.  They are very hard-working and good-natured, but usually very ugly.  No-one ever sees young gnomes, only old ones.  Perhaps this is because the younger ones are more easily startled and dissolve into the... Continue Reading →

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