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Old management game in which you could send fairy critters to do work, like chopping down trees and building a house

This sounds like it could be Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Specifically the Night Elf campaign. Warcraft 3 is an RTS game originally released in 2002 for PC. The Night Elf faction specifically used a ...
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Did the word 'pillywiggin' exist (in print) before 1977?

I actually wrote the Writing in Margins pillywiggin analyses (starting here), and posted this question as one of several attempts to gather more information. I did receive one comment from someone ...
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Books about semi-modern alternate world of demons and fairies; protagonist from real world enters fray

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 ...
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Story collection with upper-class fairies who amputate their wings?

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. ...
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What is the origin of elves (and fairies and Vulcans) having pointy ears?

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 ...
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What's the first example of fairies being divided into Summer and Winter Courts?

I've found a blog that dates the practice to the Victorian era - In Victorian children's literature, fairies were responsible for painting the flowers, decorating the autumn leaves, or bringing ...
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Looking for a Fae book that includes the Cú Sidhe

A Crack in Everything by Ruth Frances Long The story introduces us to Izzy (Isabel) Gregory, who lives with her parents in a Dublin suburb. She has friends, she is into music, she has a part-time job ...
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What is the origin of elves (and fairies and Vulcans) having pointy ears?

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 ...
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Old book about three girls unlocking their (fairy?) powers thanks to a magical stone

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, ...
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Why did the author choose 3 min 4 sec to be stolen by the Sídhe?

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 ...
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90s/2000s French comic about kids accidentally summoning a monster

Pixies (1991) by Pierre Dubois and Robert Rivard? From Wikipedia, most of the translation courtesy of DeepL: The Pixies are a band of children who play at casting spells and defending nature and the ...
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Identification of a Fantasy book About Fairies that are like plants

Could this be Illusions (or Wings or Spells) by Aprilynne Pike? The blooming happens in Book 1, but the pollenation thing is in Book 3. Per wikipedia; Lauren ... is a fall fairy who was sent to live ...
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Children's book about fairies and purple cards with poems

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 ...
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What is the origin of elves (and fairies and Vulcans) having pointy ears?

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 ...
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What's the first example of fairies being divided into Summer and Winter Courts?

Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella (1945) Prokofiev's ballet has a somewhat different take on the story than we see in Disney's animated movie, in that the fairy godmother summons the fairies of Spring, ...
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Children/ Young Adult Fantasy Book featuring fairies

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 ...
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What is the earliest mention of fae being able to literally steal a human's name?

The only example I can find of a fae stealing a name because the victim named themselves is SCP-4000 AKA "taboo", published in 2018. In this case the victim names himself "fellow ...
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A fairy fantasy, possibly a trilogy - a woman lives in and used to be a tree, a house built with right-angles and iron

Possibly Sheri S. Tepper's Beauty (1991) I don't recall all the details you mention, as it has been many years since I read the book. However, the protagonist, a girl called Beauty, has a fairy mother,...
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Book set in a time of dragons featuring a boy and his dragon saving their homeland from weird monsters

Might you be thinking on Eragon? A Shade named Durza, along with a group of Urgals, ambushes a party of three elves. They kill two of them, and Durza attempts to steal an egg carried by the remaining ...
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did a fey ever lie?

Yes, the fairies in Sleeping Beauty can lie. Maleficent claimed to bear no ill will. Maleficent, the evil fairy in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, claims she was not offended and bears no ill will at not ...
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Old book about three girls unlocking their (fairy?) powers thanks to a magical stone

Another answer could be the Rainbow Magic series (2003 onwards). No particular book, though. From Wikipedia: The series follows the lives of Kirsty Tate and Rachel Walker and their magical ...
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Why does Strephon look like he is 25?

He is 25. That's why he "looks" 25. 25-year-olds look very similar to 17-year-olds [citation needed], so even if, from the waist up, Strephon looks like he's 17, the people who are calling him 25 ...
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Book, possibly YA, about a young girl with fey powers, sought by fey royalty to destroy the human world

Darkness of Light (2013) by Stacey Marie Brown. It's the accepted answer to this Goodreads identification request, posted the same day as this very SFF question and worded the same. The Goodreads ...
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What's the first example of fairies being divided into Summer and Winter Courts?

This may only be a partial answer, but you could possibly trace it to the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades, specifically the Rape of Persephone (rape as in the Greek "raptus" - "...
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Book series in which fairies can become human and return to being fairies if they die

Possibly the Faery Rebels trilogy by R J Anderson? The main character from the first book, Knife, is a human-who-used-to-be-a-fairy in the other two books; and fairies that die in the first book can ...
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'80s–'90s anime about robot fairies fighting

Are you talking about Magic Knight Rayearth?
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Anime about a girl whose necklace can summon musical fairies

I think you might be looking for Mirmo Zibang It doesn't show a necklace though but they are definitely music fairies and necklaces with powers might appear every so often. But the fairies come from ...
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