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s i d h e, f a e r y, a n d t u a t h a
( a n d a l s o s o m e e l v e s )
Well, that sounds confusing, doesn't it? For this page, please keep the following in mind:
I consider elves, faery, sidhe, and Tuatha De Danann to all be distinct things, although there are definitely similarities and in some cases overlaps and interbreeding. Other people, both within and without the otherkin community, may use two or more of those terms interchangeably or consider some of them to be subgroups of others. Some links below talk about more than one of these things as though they were equivalent, or address the topic of the confusion itself.
My own thoughts on this have changed over time, in both directions (broad/permissive and narrow/restrictive). Currently (2014), speaking only of beings on Earth since that's mostly what I know, I think it's quite possible that, while distinct at least as much as breeds of cats or dogs are distinct, and quite possibly moreso, the Faery, (Earthborn) Elves, and Sidhe may all come from a single "root race" or common ancestor, though it could be quite far back in history (similar to how humans' and chimpanzees' common ancestor is some millions of years ago). I'm not sure whether the Tuatha are outsiders or not, but lean towards the idea that they are, or perhaps are a specfic grouping of sidhe that have differentiated somewhat. (I'm sure some Tuatha out there could offer me some opinions on that. ;) )
It's for these reasons that I lump things together here rather than trying to put them in categories, because otherwise I'd have to agonize over what link fit best in what category. While I might like to do that in my personal bookmarks, it seems silly to do it on a public website where I'd rather make it easier for people to just find stuff. So, all that said, on with the show.
Topics I intend to get around to writing about for this section (*looks sheepish*). (If you would like to write on any of them, feel free to email me at arethinn at eristic dot net.)
Some thoughts on the similarities and differences between sidhe, elves, faery, and Tuatha
A couple brief posts on sidhe in general
The group of characteristics I am referring to when I talk about "sidhe"
A little bit about the realm of Faery and on the possibly related realm of Annwn
Two posts on faery and glamour
A post about the nature of faery
A conversation between myself and Paradox about the concepts of "seelie" and "unseelie"
A comment by Rhianna SilEl about Tuatha compared to sidhe and elves
A memory from Talakestreal of a time when there was a war
A collection of brief post-bits from me on faery and sidhe
A comparison of sidhe, fae, and elves by the Crisses
Anara has written a substantial amount on her kind of sidhe: general info , history , glamour , sovereignty , and a glossary of names and terms.Take with large spoonful of salt, however, especially where DJ Conway or Edain McCoy come into it, but I do find the occasional useful bit of information or similarity between her ideas and mine.
A piece from the old Otherkin Resource Center about Danann sidhe
Taxonomy of Dannan sylvanus is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but interesting nonetheless
The Dananns and the Sundering
Some posts from The Faerie Channel (must register to view): Seelie vs Unseelie / Summer vs Winter , Religion , The Courts of Tír inna n-Óc , Seelie and Unseelie: Order and Chaos , On fae relationships
He Said, Sidhe Said: my response to a thread of that title on Otherkin Community about what characteristics describe the sidhe
Fae are radical beauty
Introduction to faeries
A pooka's view on humans
A discussion on cold iron on the LiveJournal nonfluffypagans community
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last updated: 8/31/2014