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changeling

a child believed to have been exchanged by fairies for the parents' true child
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A wealth of detail in the first chapter sets the scene, but the pace soon quickens as the changeling trio arrive in Oxford.
So Harley's brawn is overshadowed by his love of machines, Ernie's new Changeling nature allows him to geekily adopt a superhero moniker, Natalia demonstrates guts as well as brains (though, stereotypically, she is the only screamer in the group), and Max supports as much as he leads.
Witchcraft, fairy tales, and would-be author Russell form an involving read in HARVEST OF CHANGELINGS, a gathering of outstanding events revolving around half-fairies and their uncertain futures.
Some might say this novel about changelings and fairies is a fantasy, but it is written in such a believable way that the reader will be looking at every mischievous child, searching for signs of a changeling.
Harvest of Changelings is a fantastic novel about a single father's efforts to save his half-fairy son.
Readers of the former CHANGELINGS who enjoyed the authors' return to the sentient planet Petaybeee will also want MAELSTROM, the ongoing saga which tells of a planet's formation of a new island to harbor a group of new refugees.
The superbly crafted and enthusiastically recommended poems comprising Wayne Clifford's "The Book Of Were" are based on old engravings representing were-animals and were-folk, changelings at the edges of our known worlds and ordinary lives.
Changelings (or hobgoblins) are "boys and girls stuck in time, ageless, feral as a pack of wild dogs.
Belief in changelings was once widespread in Wales.
The fairies were also thought to substitute sickly fairy offspring for healthy human babies: according to George Puttenham, nurses believed "that the Fayries use to steale the fairest children out of their cradles, and put other ill favoured in their places, which they called changelings, or Elfs" (173).
Cammede |bow-legged' (a deformity) tallies better than |snub-nosed' (not a deformity) with kongons, which is better translated 'changelings, misshapen creatures' than |rascals, brutes, bastards', once we grasp the medieval belief that a changeling was |an ill-favoured, often deformed or imbecile child believed to be the offspring of fairies and to have been substituted by them for a normal child'.