Folk Fairies

lso called “people,” “neighbours,” “wights.” The Germans have their kleine volk (little folk), the Swiss their hill people and earth people.

The little folk,
So happy and so gay, amuse themselves
Sometimes with singing ...
Sometimes with dancing, when they jump and spring
Like the young skipping kids in the Alp-grass.

Wyss: Idyll of Gertrude and Rosy.

In the hinder end of harvest, at All-hallow e'en,
When our good neighbours ride, if I read right,
Some buckled on beenwand, and some on a been.

Montgomery: Flyting against Polwart.

“I crouchë thee from the elvës, and from wights.”

Chaucer: The Millere's Tale.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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