Fairy Samhain

The Brownie of the Black Hags ISFDB Title Record # 521333
Author: James Hogg

Regarded as a violent mistress, Lady Wheelhope becomes dangerously obsessed with a mysterious servant.


October 29, 2015
Program 1692: Tales for All Hallow’s Eve (October 29, 2015)  Week 44

Hear supernatural tales in music from Celtic roots to mark the transition from old year to new in the ancient calendar.

Swelkie/The Teran…by Jennifer & Hazel Wrigley from Mither o’ the Sea (Greentrax)
The Loch Ness Monster…by The Whistlebinkies from Albannach (Greentrax)
King Orfeo…by Malinky from The Unseen Hours (Greentrax)
Les Elfes…by Jean-Michel Veillon from Er Pasker (Coop Breizh)
The House Carpenter…by Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle from  A Stroll Through the Park (Park)
King of the Fairies/The Blackbird…by Sarah McQuaid from When Two Lovers Meet (Sarah McQuaid)
[ID excerpt] A Traveler’s Dream…by Maggie Sansone from A Traveler’s Dream (Maggie’s Music)
Brownie of the Black Hags….by Fiona Ritchie- narration, Margaret Kennedy, Janis Nilsen- music (not available)
Tam O’Shanter…by Fiona Ritchie – narration, Rab Handleigh- music (not available)
A Traveler’s Dream…by Maggie Sansone from A Traveler’s Dream  (Maggie’s Music)


Land of Origin: Scotland.
Other Origins:
These faeries are also known in Canada and the United States, certainly brought over with Scottish immigrants.
Other Names:
House Brownie, Little Man. He is called Nis in Denmark. In Russia they are called Domonvoi and have been known to cry like a Beansidhe when death is appraching a member of their chosen family, and to warn of fires. In North Africa they are called Yumboes. The Chinese call them Choa Phum Phi. The English sometimes know them as Hobs.
Element: Earth.
Appearance and Temperament:
The house Brownie of Scotland is one of the most benevolent and kind faeries you could hope to meet. They are very small dwarf faeries who always appear as males with coal black eyes. They wear little suits of green, blue, or brown, and small caps made of felt. Their ears are slightly pointed and they have long, nimble finger.
Time Most Active: At night all year long.
Lore: The house Brownie looks for a deserving human to aid, one who is humble and gracious and is good to nature and other people. And he hunts for a warm house, one in which he feels he can be comfortable – that means one with no cat! They like the attic, woodshed, or cellar of a human home best. Heat these areas for them, and feed them well to keep them. Their favorites foods are milk, honey, ale, and cake.

The Brownie is said to reward kindness shown to him by helping out around the house and on the farm, by bringing food and firewood, and by chasing away ill-meaning spirits from your dwelling. Brownies are still common to the Scottish Highlands and on the Hebrides Islands, but are rarely heard of elsewhere.

Because of their generous nature Brownies hate misers and cheats, and cannot tolerate lying, and detest pretentiousness. Like their cousins the Leprechauns they like to cobble, but they will work on a pair of shoes rather than on only one.

Because Brownies are completely nocturnal some people believe they, like vampires, can never appear in sunlight. Brownies can go abrod in the daylight, but they prefer not to.

Roosters, long sacred to the Sun Gods of Europe, are the familiars (animals who help in magick and ritual) of Brownies. They crow at dawn, not – as human arragoance would have us believe – to tell us to wake up, but to announce to the Brownies that it is time to go to bed. This is especially important as some non-Scottish species of house Brownies will die if exposed to sunlight. Some Scots even believed Brownies could take the form of roosters and could help around the house in this physical form. The Mother Goose rhyme “I Had a Little Rooster” reflects this belief. The rhyme tells of the rooster doing dishes and baking bread.

Most Brownies are keenly intelligent. The only exception is the Dobie who, though dull-witted, still has a large heart. Dobies greatly wish to be of help to their human hosts but usually only make grand messes due to their lack of intellect.

Another Scottish Brownie is called a Killmoulis, and he protects and looks after mills in exchange for a bit of bread and a spot at his adopted family’s fireplace.
Where to Find Them:
Induce them to come to your home by leaving out food for them, and by showing kindness to all living creatures. They can easily be found almost anywhere in Faeryland, which may be the best place to contact them.
How to Contact:
Brownies cannot be beconed to you, but will only come when they are sure you are the sort of person they want to help and approach.
Magickal and Ritual Help:
All household tasks; protection of home, family, and animals. They can, if they choose to, lend their energy to prosperity spells. It never hurts to ask their help. They will give it if they feel your request is a proper one.

The best way to get a Brownie to work with you is to offer it the sort of home and environment it likes on the astral plane in your astral residence. Over time you will no doubt develop a sense of mutual trust and will begin doing small kindnesses for each other. Build your relationship from there. It will be immensely rewarding.




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