Monday, 27 June 2016

Where Have All The Fairies Gone?

"In those days the Faerie folk still dwelt upon earth..."
-Poul Anderson, The Broken Sword (London, 1977), p. 21.

"As for what became of those who were still alive at the end of the book, and the sword, and Faerie itself - which obviously no longer exists on Earth - that is another tale, which may someday be told."
-Anderson, The Broken Sword, Foreword, p. 12.

Morpheus/Dream to his sister, Death:

"A delegation of Faerie came to me, last night. They are talking about abandoning this plane for ever."
-Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: The Doll's House (New York, 1995), p. 117.

Dream to Auberon:

"During your stay on this Earth the faerie have afforded me much diversion, and entertainment.
"Now you have left, for your own haunts."
-Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Dream Country (New York, 1991), p. 83.

So Anderson and Gaiman agree that the fairies have left Earth. Two works of fantasy confirm what we can verify from our own experience!

I will be in London and away from a computer from Thursday 30 June until Monday 4 July.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Have a good time in London, which I too have visited. One of my favorite places to visit was Westminster Cathedral, near Victoria Underground. There are, or were, two Catholic bookstores on the plaza fronting the cathedral. They may interest you.

And the question of what happened to the elves reminded me at once of Poul Anderson's short story "Interloper," a science fictional rather than fantasy treatment of the question.