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10 thoughts on “Faeries

  1. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    I bought this book for my wife some years ago. She was an artist and very talented. Near the end of her life one of the subjects she was beginning to work with was fantasy subjects including faeries. She was (as I said above) very talented and throughout her life as she would pick up different techniques and concentrate on different subjects she would expand her catalog so to speak. She was able it seemed to study a new type or style and within a few attempts she'd have captured it. She did landscapes, seascapes, English gardens, still-lifes (I think since the painting is a still-life the plural would be still-lifes rather than still-lives) and did them at different times in different styles so to speak...modern to primitive. She went through a very long period of time doing florals. She took commissions from people to paint everything from their houses to their pets. As I said only a few years ago she was becoming interested in more fantastic subjects. She enjoyed books of art work and as she would find new interests I'd use that as a key or indicator for her next Christmas or birthday gift. This book I bought her not too long ago and it reminds me of her. She past August 1, 2009.

    There may be books of better paintings but this one and a few others will as long as I'm able to manage it stay on my shelf.

  2. Anna Anna says:

    Faeries is a wonderful book: illustrations that are charming, eerie and beautiful, and stories and a wealth of information on fairy-lore. I learned some things that surprised me - for example, although I was aware that people used to attribute prehistoric flint arrowheads to the fairies, I didn't know that the word 'stroke' for paralysis derives from a belief in seizures caused by the touch of a fairy, or 'Elf-stroke'. And although I've read the Harry Potter series a number of times, and tend to notice which elements of myth and fairytale Rowling draws on, it wasn't until reading Froud and Lee's description of Brownies being insulted by the gift of clothes, that I made the connection between Brownies and House Elves (furthermore I was a Brownie Guide when I was about seven!).

    Faeries reminds me how people from not so long ago viewed the world very differently to how we do now. Our ancestors dwelt in a world that was mysterious and unpredictable, shaped by capricious beings whom they sought to propitiate and protect themselves from. My favourite pictures and tales in Faeries are those which emphasis the thin membrane between the human world and the enchanted one, such as fairy islands or or cities under the the surface of a lake.

    And those that remind me of the uncanny sense of magic I sometimes gain from the world I live in: in my walks along the River Kelvin near my home in Glasgow I can just imagine coming across a Ghillie Dhu in the birch trees, or a lonely, Gollum-esque Urisk

  3. Patick Kyteler Patick Kyteler says:

    This is the book that made Brian Froud famous and has yet to be surpassed. Alan Lee's ethereal watercolors are just as breathtaking and provide a lovely counterpoint to Froud's more dramatic drawings. But don't let the glowing images fool you into thinking this is just another coffee table art book. The folklore contained therein is just as sound. The flora and fauna sections are especially worthwhile. There is also a dangerous aspect to this work, which adds a fascinating spiciness. Not all faeries are the shining winged beings that the Victorians were so fond of. Some are sharp toothed and clawed monsters that come creeping out of the shadows and muck to drag the unsuspecting to their doom.

    IMHO Faeries isn't a book quite suitable for adults or easily frightened children. It is a work intended for the in-between people: young adults, serious children, and adults who have maintained some of their childhood innocence.

    Regardless how you look at it FAERIES is a classic.

  4. Alex Alex says:

    This book is, quite frankly, a masterpiece. There's just no other way for me to refer to it. It has become one of my most treasured possessions and I know for a fact I will come back to it many times over the years.

    The amazingly talented Brian Froud and Alan Lee give us a much closer and realistic look into the world of Faerie than what most people are used to from pop culture. The general public who aren't familiar with Faery lore tend to think about pretty girls with wings in dresses when they think about faeries. While this is in fact true in some cases, there is a whole world out there for you to explore when it comes to faeries... And trust me, this book doesn't sugarcoat any of it.

    You won't only find mind-blowingly gorgeous illustrations within these pages, but also detailed information about a huge variety of faeries; from their appearance to their behaviour and/or their lifestyles, short stories, myths and legends, even flora and trees that are relevant to the world of Faerie. And more. Much, much more.

    This book touches upon pretty much every single topic you could ever think of when it comes to faeries, and it manages to do it (in my opinion) in a rather objective way, making it a delight to read no matter what your personal views and beliefs are.

    As for me, I have believed in faeries ever since I can remember, so you can imagine how much this book means to me and how grateful I am for it. I tried my hardest not to finish it too fast (in fact I'm surprised it almost lasted me two days) but alas, all good things come to an end. On the bright side, I have yet to explore all of Mr. Froud's other works!

    Whether you actually believe in the little folk and the many habitants of the Other Realm or you're simply a mythology and folklore nerd, your library will never be complete without this beautiful book.

  5. Larissa Larissa says:

    Whether we are aware of it or not faeries have, for as long as can be remembered, always played a part in the daily lives of men, women and especially children. For as far back as can be remembered there have been stories, ballads and legends of faeries and their ability to connect with the nature on the planet and the nature of man. Though not always with the most desired of results, for as many stories as there are of faeries bringing messages of love and friendship there are also stories of torment and death.

    It is perhaps the dualistic nature of these elusive beings that has drawn so many to them and their kind over the years. Within these pages the history, wisdom and playfulness of faeries can be explored, and hidden within each image beauty and inspiration are found. But whether your seeking wisdom, inspiration, or just a simplistic beauty in their existence, Fairies is a guide to the impossible made possible, the magic in wonder, and to a race of beings who, having always existed, are seen not through the eyes but through the heart and mind.

    Faeries, thirty years after the original, has been done up all new and golden, but there is more to this book then just a new cover. Inside this deluxe edition you will find more images, more stories and more faeries to take you deeper into the world of faery then you have ever been before. This magical book has so much to offer whether you are just curious about faeries, whether you are an avid faery lover, or whether you are seeking guidance from those elusive and captivating creatures. Not only a must for Brian Froud and Alan Lee fans but also for those with a passion for the faeries and for beautiful art.

  6. Maritina Mela Maritina Mela says:


    Oh dear, I honestly thought I would enjoy this one but I was so wrong.

    I believed this would either be a collection of already existing stories from all around the globe about creatures such as faeries, trolls etc or some kind of glossary, like the ones that exist about plants or something.
    And it somehow did both but so poorly.

    The stories about the creatures were very simplistic, with no structure at all and didn't manage to capture my attention. The authors also use other authors' writings and quotes as literal sources. Oh, did I mention that they are believers as well? Well now you know...
    And the glossary was very limited, and didn't give any real information. Instead, there's info about the creatures thrown all around but with no any explanation, as if we are expected to already know at least half of these.

    I get the whole nostalgia factor but this isn't the case with me.
    However, the illustrations were the best thing this book had to offer, and therefore I'm giving it a bit of a higher rating for that alone.

    If you made it this far, congratulations!
    'Til next time, take care :) :)

  7. Lance Lance says:

    Wonderful artwork, I've used it as a reference book. After reading this, I've been able to recognize a lot of different mythical creatures in other works that I would not have otherwise. For instance, Jenny Green Teeth shows up in Pratchett's The Wee Free Men and the Pooka in such movies as Darby O'Gill and the Little People, and the Jimmy Stewart classic, Harvey. This is the book that influenced Jim Henson to recruit Froud's help with the movie The Dark Crystal. I didn't realize until very recently that Alan Lee worked on this book as well. Alan Lee was one of the artists that Peter Jackson recruited to design sets for The Lord of the Rings movies.

  8. Hayley Hayley says:

    I adore this book! Extremely inspired and gorgeous artwork.

  9. Agy Wilson Agy Wilson says:

    I have been in love with Brian Froud from his collaboration with Alan Lee. I spent long hours pouring over his book, and saw the clear influence (excitedly) on the movie Labyrinth, one of my all-time faves, along with Outside Over There. I'm grateful to this because at a young age I saw the interconnectivity of books and other creative endeavors because of it. Not so literal, but still having profound impact. My work is more fantastical but I think a real argument could be made of the influence on my faerie Babies (can be seen on my Facebook page as well in my CafePress store Imagyne).
    If you love art, faeries, illustration, this is a great book to have, let alone experience.

  10. Helix Helix says:

    Found this book again today while my mother was clearing out stuff. My dad gave it to me when I was a child, and I'm absolutely delighted to have found it again because a lot of things stayed with me. This book both enchanted and terrified me. The art is gorgeous. The lore is fairly detailed. The writing style is easier to get into now that I'm an adult.

    I think this is one of those books where I'd keep for life. I don't think I'd ever have any children (definitely not biologically), but if I do, I'll pass this one to them too.