According to legends fairies are immortal. They only “pretend” to die when they wish to leave someone.

During research for King Eochaidh I came across a very interesting ancient fable or story. It was so old it had been translated four times before being translated into modern English. 

I know it’s commonly taught nowadays that they are not immortals. But according to the original stories about them they are immortals and most were not very nice beings. It’s was their offsprings with humans that aren’t immortal.

I read a story, a very old story where this woman was married to this man who was a fairy and he wanted out of the marriage but didn’t wish to break her heart so he died. Or at least appeared to be dead. So he was buried and moaned by his family but years later resurfaced in another village. His kids found him and dragged him back home to their mother who old and wrinkled by then but they held him capture and wouldn’t let him leave until after their mother’s death. He wasn’t counting on the kids finding him. Apparently according to the story he forget his children had some of his powers. That’s when humans supposedly discovered fairies are immortal and like mermaids lies to get out relationships.


According to legends fairies are immortal. They only pretend to die when they wish to leave someone without all the emotional drama. So seems to me they wanted the person to maintain tender memories of them and not spit every time their name was mentioned.

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A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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13 Responses to According to legends fairies are immortal. They only “pretend” to die when they wish to leave someone.

  1. Another thing according to the legend. All doesn’t have pointed ear, aren’t tiny, live in woods and forests nor have magic wands. Some looks like a regular person but happens to have supernatural powers.

    On Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 1:07 AM, The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Tra


  2. drjoe gillispe says:

    l have heard the same said about them, too. They are not angels. They are a race of immortals but not necessarily good. I noted you wrote the part of the legend where they supposedly beckons people to look closer at them and then stab the person in the eye and the poison in their wands cause the human eye to rot out.

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    • I thought it was worth mentioning because I found the same story in several different cultures thousands of miles apart. Perhaps there was a bacteriological reason for the loss of the eyes not understood in that time period.


  3. Janna M. says:

    Can you further explain what you mean? In most stories fairies can be killed. They usually dies to save a mortal loved one. I have read a truckload of faeries tales and this is my first time reading this. I’m not saying you’re wrong but I would just like to know where it came from that they are immortals. I understand them to be spiritual entities that can suffer death.

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    • Hi Janna, thank you for your visit and thank you for your question.

      Yes, I am familiar with the explanation you offered of fairies but actually this overall it’s quite recent. Perhaps the norm in the last 100 years. The version we know was popularized by Walt Disney. However, I based my characters upon much an older concept than the fairy tales of the past 100 years. If you read the text written in B.C., it is vastly different from today. That’s true, they’re a spirit entity but they are immortals and if not, according to the ancient texts and scrolls humans do not know how to kill them.

      But different culture describes them differently. Some societies describe as benign while others describe them as revengeful, and acrimonious. So it all depends upon which society’s literature you are reading.

      Of course stories like Cinderella and her fairy Godmother is much older than 100 and is the story of a helpful entities but that is not all societies believes in a nice fairy godmother. The story of Cinderella was written in French by Charles Perrault in 1697, under the name Cendrillon. But there are many others like this one. Most wasn’t published by passed down by oral history.


  4. Rose says:

    I think the person was speaking of the kiddie version of what fairies are and you are writing the adult truth of what they are. I never understood why parent lie to their kids are things that can be potential harmful if the ancient writings are correct. If they are real. Then they can be deadly.

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  5. Nora says:

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  6. Elise says:

    When will people learn to leave these things alone? They’re evil being from spiritual worlds. They aren’t demons. They’re immortals. Demons can not mate with a human. Immortals can.

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  7. Manny says:

    I work in marketing. A word of advice. If a subject is not mentioned in one of your books don’t list it on this blog. Create another blog for miscellaneous subjects.

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