The Changing View of Fairies
As an analogy, consider that many have observed a similar phenomenon with angels. Biblical angels are warriors. They are imposing and intimidating figures.
The Victorian era stripped angels of their image of strength and imposed a soft, dainty, infantile nature to them.
Similarly, fairies had a much different image prior to the Victorian age. They were often seen as dangerous and viewed with suspicion.
They could be beautiful or very ugly. Sometimes fairies were construed with other creatures, such as the trows (hideous trollish creatures) of Orkney.
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