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Brownies, from The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves and Other Little People

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Brownies, from The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves and Other Little People

STC255468 Brownies, from The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves and Other Little People by Thomas Keightley (1789-1872) Published 1880, (BW Engraving) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Scottish Domestic Spirit. Identical to the German Kelpie, Danish Nis and English Hobgoblin. Small Stature, wrinkled face with brown curly hair, dressed in brwon mantle and hood. Resides in a hollow old tree, a ruined castle or abode of a man.); The Stapleton Collection; American, out of copyright

Media ID 23189968

© The Stapleton Collection / Bridgeman Images

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In this enchanting print, we are transported into the magical world of Brownies. These mischievous Scottish Domestic Spirits, also known as Kelpies, Nis, or Hobgoblins in other cultures, come to life through the intricate details of the engraving. The scene captures a moment of joyous celebration as a group of Brownies gather around a fairy ring. Their small statures and wrinkled faces are illuminated by the glow of a campfire that crackles at their feet. With brown curly hair peeking out from under their hoods and mantles, they exude an air of whimsical charm. Dancing with abandon to an unseen melody, these mythical creatures create an atmosphere filled with magic and wonder. The rhythmic movements seem to be part ritualistic and part pure revelry. As sparks fly from sparklers held by some Brownies, it feels like fireworks lighting up the night sky. Residing in hollow old trees or ruined castles when not frolicking in fairy rings like this one, these little beings bring delight wherever they go. This image invites us to believe in the existence of hidden realms where fantastical creatures dance under moonlit skies. This mesmerizing print is a testament to Thomas Keightley's World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves and Other Little People published in 1880—an invaluable resource for those seeking glimpses into folklore and mythology across different cultures.

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