A house hold fairy of the British Isles. They are generally friendly and find themselves an owner. They live in the household of their owner and come out at night to set out on daily tasks. They are 3ft tall, have lots of shaggy hair and wear brown clothes. They hate being talked to directly so you must announce to yourself aloud what you would like doing or any worries you have while engaged in mundane activity around the house. One must pay them for their work with a glass of milk, oats, cakes or a bowl of cream. If a Brownie gets offended then it turns into a Boggart- a spirit that causes a nuisance for people. Brownies tend to help by giving advice, attending cattle and other daily chores.
Will-o’-the-Wisps are spirits in British/Celtic mythology that create little lantern-like lights off paths and roads to trick those that travel at night. If the travelers follow the lights they disappear into the bog, never to be seen again.
Source: Spirits, Fairies, Gnomes, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia of the Little People by Carol Rose
Image: Artist unknown. Source: Mudie, A Popular Guide to the Observation of Nature (1836, p.144)
This is a part of the World Mythology Challenge. Day 6 - Celtic Myth.
A barn owl leaves an impression after flying into a window. There are a variety of theories as to why birds hit windows - the most obvious is that windows are clear and the flying creatures simply fail to spot the danger in time. Others have pointed out that birds often appear to strike windows deliberately. Some people believe the birds see their own reflection in the glass, being territorial they may mistake this for a rival and be trying to scare them away.
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