One morning he got up before daybreak, and went out; he thought the heaviness of his heart might perhaps be lightened in the open air. They are often depicted as fairy-like creatures or as an ethereal entity.[1]. As soon as the full moon appeared, she carried the spinning-wheel to the side of the mill-pond, and there sat down and span industriously until she had used up all the flax and had filled the spindle. When the evening came on and the huntsman did not return, his wife became alarmed. The animal turned from the wood into the open and he followed it and finally shot it. There lived in the village a beautiful and true-hearted girl, with whom the young huntsman fell in love. The wife did as the old woman told her. he related to her what had happened and told her of the promise he had made the fairy. He was successful in all his undertakings and it seemed as if his chests and coffers filled of their own accord, and as if the money he put away multiplied itself during the night. This went on until the miller could scarcely call the mill he lived in his own. Then he heard her soft voice calling him by name, and asking him the reason of his sadness. In the meantime prosperity returned to the miller's house. Written in 1862–63 as a serial for Macmillan's Magazine, it was first published in its entirety in 1863. One evening, when the full moon was shining in the heavens above them, and the sheep were already lying down for the night, the shepherd drew his flute out of his pocket and played on it a beautiful but melancholy air. Home (current) Contact; DRINK CLEAN WATER. The term is chiefly used in regard to elves and fairies in European folklore, and in modern English is rarely used in reference to spirits. In the same moment a column of water rose into the air, and with it the head and the whole body of her husband. "Why do you weep?" Water-talent fairies can even walk over water. [3], Treatises on the Apparitions of Spirits and on Vampires or Revenants, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sprite_(folklore)&oldid=988951503, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 November 2020, at 05:29. He was but a little way from the house, when a maid-servant ran out calling to him to rejoice, for a little son had been born to him. Learn More. The wife told her, amidst her tears, what had happened. And she looked up and saw the moonlight shining on her husband's face, and she also knew him again. Other tales of this type are Sweet Porridge and Why the Sea Is Salt -- Why the Sea Is Salt also using it as an explanatory legend. In the same instant, a second wave came rushing up and swept over the man's head, and again everything had disappeared. The Water Mother is a Chinese fairy tale collected by Wolfram Eberhard in Folktales of China. "Be comforted," said the old woman, "I will help you. Year after year, however, passed, and the fairy never showed herself again, so that at last the miller's fears began to be allayed. "Alas!" Here is a golden comb; wait till the moon is at its full, then go and comb your long black hair as you sit beside the mill-pond; when you have finished, lay the comb by the water's edge, and you will see what will happen. We do. The miller knew that this must be the fairy of the water, and in his fear, was uncertain whether to go or stay. These creatures exist in the mythology of various groups. 1939926 Grimm's Household Tales (Edwardes) — The Water Fairy Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm. Her long hair, which she held back over her shoulders with her fair slender hands, fell around her like a bright garment. They kissed and embraced one another, and there is no need to ask if they were happy. She went out to look for him, and as he had so often spoken to her of his fear of going near the mill-pond lest the fairy should by her wiles get possession of him, she suspected what had happened. Just as he crossed the mill-dam, the first beam of the morning sun shot forth, and at the same moment he heard the sound of something disturbing the waters of the mill-pond. She hastened to the waters, and her worst suspicions were confirmed when she saw her husband's hunting-pouch lying on the bank. has been common in many parts of the world, and might to some extent still be found within neo-spiritual and religious movements such as "neo-druidism" and Ásatrú. They possessed both money and lands, and their prosperity steadily increased from year to year.