Names Of Things Attributed To The Fairies


Many small stone utensils found in the ground, the use, or the origin, of

which was unknown to the finders, were formerly attributed to the

Fairies. Thus, flint arrow-heads were called elf shots, from the belief

that they once belonged to Elves or Fairies. And celts, and other stone

implements, were, by the peasants of Wales and other places, ascribed to

the same small folk. Very small clay pipes were also attributed to the

same people. All this is curious evidence of a pre-existing race, which

the Celts supplanted, and from whom, in many respects, they differed.

Although we cannot derive much positive knowledge from an enumeration of

the articles popularly associated with the Fairies, still, such a list,

though an imperfect one, will not be void of interest. I will,

therefore, describe certain pre-historic remains, which have been

attributed to the aboriginal people of Britain.