Since everybody now is apparently only interested in trashing the Bob thread(s), I am trying to make a thread for those who might have found the
"humanoid" topic interesting and worth further discussion in regards to what that might encompass. If you are one of those please read on...
I have been following the "Bob" threads/story and I didn't get a chance to reply to either one before it was closed, however, they made me think of
this personal account, from the book "Dark Faries" by the author Bob Curran, Chapter 2, "The Host of the Air". On my Nook, this starts on page 48.
The reason I made a (possible) connection was from people's questions of whether Andrew's grandfather might have known or in some way taken care of
the creature and that is why it keeps coming around, not understanding the grandfather's having passed away.
Here is the author's personal story, which he relates immediately following a brief relating of one of the legends of the Tylwyth Teg:
Although the tale is set in Wales, similar stories exist in many other places, such as Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, and even in North Carolina and the
Middle East. At the core of such stories is an explanation for the unpredictability of nature and perhaps unusual familiar circumstances as well.
For example, as a small boy I was both frightened and fascinated by a bizarre, weak minded girl who lived not far from our house along with two old
bachelor brothers. Her story matched the previous story - she had fallen as a baby from a "fairy wind," which had passed over the house and into a
nearby earthen fort when one of the brothers had mentioned the Holy Name. Again, not knowing where she had come from the brothers raised her as their
own, and because she had been "gathered up" by the fairies, her mental faculties had been compromised, and she was regarded as being "not right." She
was slow and backward in her ways, never attended school, and walked about the roads talking to herself and making strange noises. Her condition was
considered to be a sure sign of fairy intervention - "the touch of the fairy." The story concerning her, as I learned much later, covered up some
difficult and illegal family circumstances.
When I was old enough to understand I was told that there was once a sister living with the two brothers - she was now in a mental home somewhere -
and the girl was hers. The father had been one of her brothers. Living away in such a remote area - their cottage lay at the end of a long lane that
led through a bog - and seeing very few other people, relationships had become very heated and intense. Incest had reared its head, and this at the
time could not have been talked about - it was a ghastly and shameful sin in our community, after all, and the brothers were fairly respectable men.
Therefore, the story about the fairies and the "fairy wind" served as a ready explanation for the girl's existence. It also drew its authority from
local tradition and folklore. On the edge of the bog, close to the cottage, stood the earthen walls of a fairy fort (probably some ancient Celtic
fort from a previous time) and it was said that the fairies came and went from it invisibly in a swarm at all times of the day and night. They were
like flocks of birds rising from and landing in the center of the earthworks. According to the brothers, their comings and goings were "a torment,"
and who knew what they might be carrying? The old men had found bags of lime, dead animals, cooking implements, and other assorted paraphernalia
(even an old chest of drawers at one time), which had been stolen and later dropped along the edges of the bog by the flying host. However, they were
much too afraid to go up to the old fort and do anything about this. They simply tolerated their fairy neighbors.
The girl continued to live with the brothers for some years, and in that time she wandered in the bog, calling strangely in what the brothers said was
"the fairy tongue." She was only removed when one of the old men killed himself and the other was blinded by drinking "bad poteen" (illegal spirits),
and the girl, left behind, was taken into care. However, the story that she had been taken by the fairies and deposited with the two old men was
still persistent in the countryside for many years afterward. The earthen fort from which they supposedly arose each night was still avoided by local
I heard Dr. Bob Curran interviewed on a Podcast that I like to listen to, recently (Mods, am I allowed to give the name of the Podcast?) and he was
quite interesting and entertaining - he has written a number of books on supernatural creatures. The similarities struck me, such as the remote
location in an area with historical ties to the subject of fairies, along with an unexplained, creepy, but humanoid creature wandering around showing
interest in human dwelling places. I thought people might be interested in this personal account that ties nicely into the story, in my opinion.
Any spelling mistakes are mine. I transcribed the story as I don't know any way to cut and paste from my Nook books.
I hope this won't get taken down, since I'm in no way associated with the OP on the Bob threads (although I wish the guy luck if he is for real). I
just thought it was an interesting topic on its own, and since this is the cryptozoology thread and we're looking at possibilities for a strange
unexplained creature... Have at it, folks.
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