The fairy world is a place small unpredictable creatures -the best are capricious and easy and the worst are ugly and malignant towards mortal. Fairies fly like witches only with the use of stems and twigs instead of brooms or ride other little creatures as steeds.
Although ordinary male fairies are most often reported to be wizened and hairy, the kings and knights of fairies are said to be generally beautiful as their fairy ladies, dressed in filmy and iridescent finery. The most popular king of the fairies is King Oberon, the consort of Queen Mab and the father of the changeling Robin Goodfellow, who in turn fostered mischiveous sprites called Pucks.
The belief of fairies was said to be once universals and considered to be a formidable force to be reckoned with. Evans Wentz, author of "The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries" and an authority on the matter, noted that, " There seems never to have been an uncivilized men who have not had some form of belief in an unseen world, peopled by unseen beings".Wentz maintains that, "fairies actually exist as invisible beings or intellengences."Examining the fairy world as "a fact in chemistry," Wentz came to the conclusion that Fairyland is a real place, existing "in an invinsible world within world which the visible world is immersed like an island in an unexplored ocean, and that it is peopled by species of living beings than this world, because incomparably more vasts and varied in its possibilities.
The inhabitants of Fairyland are certainly "vast and varied." Fairies come in all shapes and sizes. Although they are often tiny, they may be eight or more feet tall, and can sometimes change their shape and will. Fairies often adopt semihuman form, and love to meddle in human affairs . They may use their magical powers to capture or paralyzed mortals, to steal crops or slay cattle with darts, to trip people up, or to bring bad luck. The appearance of some fairies may herald a human death. Other fairies are generous and helpful, bringing gifts or cleaning people's houses- but even they must be treated with care. There is no such thing as a wholly good fairy. Even the gentlest may become spiteful if provoked. fairies are at best capricious and at worst downright malevolent. Apart from the tiny fairy of romantic legends, their ranks include leprechauns, pixies, hobs, brownies, banshees, imps, goblin, bogeys, nature spirits and many others. Their power vary, but most are ill-disposed toward people and are more likely to harm than help.