In the new Disney Fairies : Tinker Bell movies, both dust and wings are essential components of fairy flight.
Without wings, a fairy can't fly. We see this in "Secret of the Wings" where Tink wraps her wings inside her coat and crashes. It appears that it's the wings that are suffused with fairy dust. We see it falling away whenever any of the fairies fly ...
This is probably Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan.
Blurb from Goodreads:
When Henry Atherton helps Mr. Fogarty clean up around his house, he expects to find a mess and a cranky old man; what he doesn't expect to find is Pyrgus Malvae, crown prince of the Faerie realm, who has escaped the treacherous Faeries of the Night by traveling to the human world ...
With regards to Tolkien elves pointy ears:
It's a tradition that goes back to Victorian and earlier presentations of the faeries. The faeries in these old pictures all had pointy ears, and Tolkien retained that trait; in the old versions of his legendarium, the faeries of England were either degenerated descendants or misguided representations of Elves of ...
It could be the W.I.T.C.H. series (2004 onwards), at least the novels.
Arguments in favor:
Fairy with short hair.
Pink cover - take a look at the first one's cover, in various languages. Granted, the French one is a bit more pinkish, but the English one fits light pink too.
The novels start with some comics and then actual words, along with some comic ...
Perhaps Kingdoms of Elfin by Sylvia Townsend Warner.
It's probably 30 years since I read it, and I don't specifically remember the details you mention, but they do have the sort of feel I remember.
Although it wasn't published until 1977 it always gave me the impression of being much older.
There's a long review here:
I just happened to read the original book - one of the originals, anyway - recently. It's not directly explained, but I was left with the idea that the "slightly inclined to enbonpoint" Tinkerbell didn't need the fairy dust herself ; her fairy dust was needed for anyone else to fly.
ch. III Come Away, Come Away! :
Of course Peter had been trifling with ...
The author answered the out-of-universe reasoning in a series of tweets in 2016.
Q. How long is a day in the Grey Lands? Also why is it 3 mins and 4 seconds?
PÓG: Nobody really knows. It feels like a day, but is it? 3 minutes and 4 seconds was a decision I made because I wanted it to be long
enough for tension to form, but not so long for tension ...
Flower Children: The Little Cousins of the Field and Garden by Elizabeth Gordon and illustrated by M. T. Ross
Originally published in 1910 it has been re-published numerous times and so there was likely an edition out there that was mainly purple in colour. The foreward starts off as:
ALL children are flowers in the garden of God’s love. A flower is the ...
I'm being completely speculative here, but I'd like to point out that there is a genetic disease called Williams Syndrome that can make human ears pointy. This people can also have very good language and singing, making them kind of like elves.
Of course, this is just an hypothesized origin.
tl;dr: Given the extremely fluid nature of myth and folklore, it's always possible that the leprechaun's need to count salt was worked into one at some point in the past. However, as someone who both grew up around Irish folklore and did a thesis paper on Germanic & Celtic mythology, I can tell you that I've never seen it mentioned in any of the Irish ...
This likely has it's roots in mythology and folklore and probably dates back further than we can tell. However, I have found a very good article on the subject here which points to the earliest reference being in 1629 of Puck by Robin Goodfellow and in His Mad Pranks and Merry Jests.
Here Puck is more of a Faun than a fairy or elf, however, in 1789 he was ...
Wikipedia-sourced (via Askville@Amazon))
A fairy (sometimes seen as faery, faerie, or even fae; collectively wee folk, good folk, people of peace or many other euphemisms) is a spirit or supernatural being that is found in the legends, folklore, and mythology. The term came into use in the folklore of Western Europe in the medieval era; it has be used to ...
How about 13 Treasures, by Michelle Harrison?
From the description:
Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods, a girl Tanya’s grandmother will not speak of.
And I think she does turn out to be evil. Another line, from searching inside the book on Amazon:
Almost immediately she noticed the dead fairy on the windshield. Initially she thought it ...
A Google search on fairies bluebell sapphire goblin maid short stories turns up the answer: Shadow Castle by Marian Cockrell.
Quoting the Amazon description:
In the middle of a deep forest is an enchanted valley and a castle where only shadows live, shadows of kings and queens who have waited for hundreds of years for the spell cast upon them to be ...
How about Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, written by Holly Black in 2002? One of three books in a series written for young adults, the other two are Valiant: A Modern Faerie Tale(2005) and Ironside: A Modern Faerie Tale (2007)?
It seems to match better.
Tithe follows the story of sixteen-year-old American Kaye Fierch, a
young nomad who tours the country ...
Almost certainly the Books of Magic comic series by Neil Gaiman.
a Child who met a few different wizards who teach the child something.
The hero, Tim Hunter, meets a different magical DC character in each of the four episodes: The Phantom Stranger, John Constantine, Dr Occult and Mr E. They introduce him to the world of magic.
The plot elements come ...
Another answer could be the Rainbow Magic series (2003 onwards). No particular book, though.
The series follows the lives of Kirsty Tate and Rachel Walker and their magical adventures with their fairy friends.
Arguments in favor:
Take a look at what Google Images return. There's around 150 books of this, lots of them with pink cover ...
He is 25. That's why he "looks" 25.
25-year-olds look very similar to 17-year-olds , so even if, from the waist up, Strephon looks like he's 17, the people who are calling him 25 have known him (or at least known of him) since his birth, 25 years ago. Since they are relatively logical people (don't think about this too much), they assume ...
Perhaps the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr?
There are FIVE primary novels: Wicked Lovely (2007), Ink Exchange (2008), Fragile Eternity (2009), Radiant Shadows (2010), Darkest Mercy (2011)
- Short stories in the world, collected and available in Faery Tales & Nightmares.(Released: 2012)
- Desert Tales-- originally published as a 3 ...
In the book, fairies don't need dust.
In the Disney films, both dust and wings are necessary. I guess the dust helps the fairies to fly in the same way as a balloon, but that they need their wings do direct themselves.
Pixies are usually mischievous beings, and cause damage to others, whereas fairies can be good or evil. Fairies have magical powers, whereas pixies usually lack magic, however this is not the case in all fictional universes. Pixies are always visible and can interact with hunmans, whereas fairies can choose to be visible or invisible. In some series, only ...