How to Catch and Keep a Fairy Lover – Dating Tips from Classical Literature

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Study the classics to engage in fairy frolics and fantasy flings for people who like dates with wings…

Popular culture has recently admitted that fairies are not only fickle and dangerous but also outrageously good-looking. Read our top tips on catching and keeping a fairy lover, backed up by historical research.

For a long time it was impossible to fancy fairies. Except for the Goblin King, naturally. In the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, when most of us were wondering precisely what Peter Jackson meant by having four hobbits romp on a bed while being watched by men in leather, Legolas brought the hotness back into Elves. There he was, with his long fair locks, shining like a white-blonde dream. He was cool, he was lithe, he was sexy-stunning. Fairy lovers were back.

As a lover of classic fairy literature I’ve scoured resources over the ages to determine exactly how to find and keep a fairy lover, should you dare.

Fairy dating rules for supernatural lovers:

1) Use protection. They don’t.

2) Respect the surroundings. All fairies are rabid eco-warriors.

3) No iron. If you’re going to wear any kind of metal, stick to silver.

4) Don’t take gifts if you are not interested. Gifts bond you to them.

5) Do not scream when offered a fairy pet. Fay animals turn out to be really handy, unlike gold that turns into pebbles, clothes that turn to rags etc. Responses like ‘How am I gonna keep that in a studio flat in Peckham?’ or ‘ Can I have a rabbit instead?’ won’t go down well.

6) Don’t whine about them not coming back. They always do. They’re waiting until you’ve married someone else, so that they can embarrass you in later life.

7) Try not to have an issue with the ex. However fierce you think you get, they can out-wild you any time.

8) Watch what they eat before you get in close. Just to be sure.

9) Keep your promises, however nonsensical they seem. Fairy lovers love giving you pointless instructions that mean nothing. In this, they’re just like their human counterparts.

10) Do not tell your mates about your invisible friend; either they’ll all want one or they’ll question your view of reality loudly and at length.

The portrayal of sexy fairies in classic literature

Traditionally, faeries were always devastating – it just got lost in the minds of artists in the 19th and 20th centuries. Queens of Faery, from Mab to Titania, were excuses for paintings of male gaze-itis and semi-taboo flesh. Fairy men were perceived as hideous goblins, and while fairy women could come in all sizes, fairy gentlemen were inevitably portrayed as very small indeed.

It wasn’t always that way. Nine hundred years ago, fairy lovers were taken seriously. They were more than gorgeous, they were dangerous. There was Tam Lin the Fay Knight, for example. Getting a date with him was easy. You just turned up in the Carterhouse woods, plucked the wild roses, and there he’d be, ready for more than a kiss goodnight. His problem was the Wueen of Faery, a truly jealous lover. That, and Tam’s habit of getting his human partners pregnant, made relationships with him… complicated.

Pregnancy was always an issue with fairy lovers. Safe sex was never their deal. The Great Selkie of the Western Isles was a man on the land, a seal on the sea, and a thoroughly irritating partner. When baby turned up, he’d be miles out across the bay stuffing his face with cod. When he remembered, he would return with a purse full of gold, disappear for another seven years only to come back and take custody of his child away to the sea folk forever. Motives? Confusing…

There were other fairy lovers not confined to sex and sea-food. Take the Kelpie, for instance – a moody loner with brooding eyes and a gobsmacking six pack. His chat-up line was to ask a girl to braid his hair. As she started to comb, she would notice his hair was slightly damp, with sand and tiny shells tangled in it. Then he’d transform into a terrifying monster, drag her down into the water and and eat her.

Loch Ness, by the way, had a very famous kelpie everyone is still looking for…