The Geancanach (Gan-cahn-ock) is pixie-like in appearance, with huge eyes that curve upward on the ends and large ponted ears. They are always depicted as being very small, no more than a few inches in height, and having playful, if somewhat mischievious, smiles. They have small wings which do not seem functional, and they appear to move from place to place by dematerializing and reappearing quite rapidly. They may be mistaken for flickering lights or lightning bugs.*
Pixies are small, winged creatures with heads too large for their bodies. They have pointed ears and noses and arched eyebrows. Their wings are shiny and translucent, and they are usually seen wearing seasonal colors and flora. Pixies are generally friedly but are extremely capricious and given to nonmalicious mischief. The litle caps they wear are the tops of foxglove or toadstool, plants they hold sacred. No gender differentiation seems apparent.*
Pillywiggins are seasonal faeries associated with spring. They are small winged creatures who resemble Pixies, and they are very playful. Their sole purpose seems to be to tend spring flowers. They are quite diminuitive and like to ride bees from flower to flower.
Pillywiggins live among wildflowers which grow at the foot of huge oaks. They are trooping faeries who have no ill will toward humans, and they seem only mildly interested in us. They have been seen mimicking human behaviors such as weddings and dances, but do not lower themselves to playing pranks.*
The Silvani are winged wood numphs who have a very filmy appearance, almost ghostly. They are of no use to humans, but they do not seek to harm us. They wear red clothes and animal furs, particularly goat skins. They are rarely seen anymore.*
Sylphs appear as very small, winged creatures whose features are vaguely human. They are so light in color and body as to be virtually transparent. The wings they bear seem only to be there for show, because they appear so buoyant as to defy gravity, and they can hold themselves aloft for long periods without ever moving their tiny wings. Sylphs can be helpful to humans who seek them out.*
Elves and dwarves are generic terms for small wingless faeries such as Gnomes. Often they are seen as having the appearance of older men, but women dwarves are also occasionally seen. Don't be misled by their apparent age...dwarves are very quick and can seem to appear and disappear before your eyes, as if translocating magically. They are the smartest and most resourceful of all the faery folk.*
Treasure hoarders such as the Irish Leprechaun are another well-known faery type. They are dwarf faeries who hold among their few possesions crocks of gold and precious gems. Some of the world's most intriguing folklore concerns the capture of this treasure from the faery world.*
Trolls are known as the macho men of the faery world, but my personal belief is that they have been miunderstood and maligned for years. In much folklore they are said to be ugly, stupid and mean, but there is another faction that says they bring good luck.