Sir Joseph Noel Paton: The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania (1849)
JM Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan, had numerous friends and collaborators, such as Robert Louis Stephenson, George Bernard Shaw, George Meredith, HG Wells, Rudyard Kipling, AA Milne, PG Wodehouse, GK Chesterton, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Tinker Bell was Peter Pan’s fairy, who loved him and protected him, as he did her.
Theosophist EL Gardner likened fairies to the conduit between the sun and plants. Theosophist Frank Baum of The Wizard of Oz believed in reincarnation and the search for enlightenment.
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Shakespeare’s Oberon King of the Fairies, fears not the church bells. His wife Titania is bewitched by Puck to fall in love with an ass.
Fairies were often seen as the communicators with the dead.
In the 17th century, “Les Précieuses” were the ladies of Louis XIV French society who were seen and not heard except in their salons and wrote tales of their moral observations through the allegories of fairy tales.
Madame d’Aulnoy coined the term conte de fée or fairy tale in the 1660’s
Moliere was not a fan. His play Précieuses ridicules pleased his King, Le Roi Soleil.
As a member of the Académie Française, Charles Perrault chose to transfer his book’s Mother Goose authorship to his brother. Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella included in it, were tales that had been of an oral tradition as many fairy tales were remembered by the spoken word.
Paracelsus, the Swiss physician, alchemist and philosopher, called them elementals or forces of nature that were belonging to the element of air.
The Rowan is their tree. Stale bread is in their care, they may have whispered to the wise women of the gift it brings of penicillin. Cream and butter are their favorite nectars.
The human imagination sees creatures with wings as being the messengers between the living and the dead.
The planet Neptune was discovered on September 23, 1846. This may have captured the imagination of the 19th-century writer’s enthusiastic embrace of fairies. The astrological signatures are inspiration and illusion. It also rules altered states of consciousness and photography.
Fairies have been a part of the European and Celtic lexicon of elementals since before written history.
Ancient Egyptians had tales of imaginary creatures.
THE EGYPTIAN TALES