For those of you interested in the subject, the first part of this ongoing series of 'articles' can be found in yesterday's post right here.
Okay, are we all up to speed? Onward then...
On Faerie - Part 2
In this part, I am going to talk about the geography of Faerie and how to make sense of it.
I think that one of the most common mistakes made about Faerie is that it is bound by the same laws of nature as our own world. This appears not to be the case. Upon reading about many encounters that humans have had with the realms of Faerie, it is obvious that time itself works differently. Many mortals have been taken to Faerie for what seemed like only a night, only to find that decades have passed on Earth upon their return. Traditionally, these people will turn to dust very quickly as time catches up with them.
In this way, time between our realities works very differently. It can possibly be manipulated by denizens of Faerie, and it is perhaps a fluid thing, unpredictable and fluctauting.
I think the terrain of Faerie is somewhat similar to this. There have been many first-hand accounts of the appearance of Faerie, visions too, and each seems to be as different as the last, with very few striking a chord in unison. These are the possible reasons, I think, for this-
- The human capacity to objectively observe is limited, so any accounts of Faerie are going to be subjective to many human influences.
- Witnesses have been shown only what they are allowed to see. There are powerful entities in Faerie, so a feat like this would not be difficult.
- Faerie is an immense place, with landmasses of great size and variety. All of the differing views of Faerie could well be just that, these people have only seen parts of a greater whole, each different from the others.
- Faerie is more than one plane of existence. Whilst one person could have had a glimpse of one layer of Faerie, another person could see a completely different one.
Many artists and writers have presented their own view of what Faerie is to the world, from Arthur Rackham's whimsical and gnarled vision to Larry MacDougall's bright and homely realm. I think all of them are right, not that there is a right or wrong. I think that each artist and writer's view of Faerie is there to be discovered, on one plane or another. This is where it gets tricky though. Does each version of Faerie exist only because somebody imagines it into being? Or did it previously exist, and the person just imagined an already existing place? I don't know. But I do like to think that Faerie exists on its own, often in spite of us, not because of us.
100 Heads in 100 Days #53
|A Wood King|
I am pro-choice. For all of the usual reasons, but mostly because there are too darn many of us humans as it is. The planet simply cannot sustain this many humans with the lifestyles most of us strive for. My wife and I have no intention of having kids.