Fairy Hammer And Fairy Or Elf Stones


Stone hammers of small size have been ascribed to the Fairies, and an

intelligent Welsh miner once told the writer that he had himself seen, in

a very ancient diminutive mine level, stone hammers which, he said, had

once belonged to the Fairies.

Other pre-historic implements, as celts, have been denominated Fairy

remains. Under this head will come flint, or stone arrow-heads. These

in Scotland are known
by the name Elf Shots or Fairy Stones.

Pennant's Tour in Scotland, 1769, p. 115, has the following reference

to these arrow-heads:--

Elf Shots, i.e., the stone arrow-heads of the old inhabitants of this

island, are supposed to be weapons shot by Fairies at cattle, to which

are attributed any disorders they have.

Jamieson states in his Dictionary, under the heading Elf Shot:--The Elf

Shot or Elfin Arrow is still used in the Highlands as an amulet.

Tradition, in thus connecting stone implements with the Fairies, throws a

dim light on the elfin community. But evidence is not wanting that the

Celts themselves used stone utensils.

The things which shall now be mentioned, as being connected with the

Fairies, owe their names to no foundation in fact, but are the offspring

of a fanciful imagination, and are attributed to the Fairies in agreement

with the more modern and grotesque notions concerning those beings and

their doings. This will be seen when it is stated that the Fox Glove

becomes a Fairy Glove, and the Mushroom, Fairy Food.