Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Water Fae: The Kelpie

As I said before, I have been very busy around here lately.  One thing that I have been busy with is doing some research about the world of the Fae and the inhabitants in our world from their world. I decided to post some of the information that I have found.
   In this post, I'm going to talk about the water spirit called the Kelpie. It was known as a shape shifting water faery. In some tales, it was a horse lingering near rivers, streams, lakes & lochs. It usually had very smooth skin like a seal but very cold to the touch. It would lure it's victims by appearing to be a lost pony, especially to children, and them tempt or lure the person to jump on it's back for a ride. Upon it's back, the victim finds him or herself stuck to the horse because the skin becomes adhesive. Then the Kelpie gallops into the water down to the deepest depths where it drowns the individual and then consumes them, except for their heart and liver.
   Some tales, the Kelpie shows up as a beautiful maiden sitting by the river which then lures men into the water ending in the same fate. 
  If you are very observant, you will see that the Kelpie as a horse or a women, will have wet hair with seaweed or a wet, dripping mane.
  To some, the Kelpie is a huge hairy man that jumps out upon it's victims from the vegetation along the banks of some body of water. He grabs his victims with a crushing grip.
  In some European countries, the Kelpie took the form of a half-fish and half-horse, as the mer-people.

  In Orkney, it was known as nuggle.
  In Shetland, called the shoopiltee, the njogel or the tangi.
  On the Isle of Man, cabbyl-ushtey or the glashtin.
  Wales, caffyl dwr
  Sweden, the Backahasten, the brook horse.

  Some thought that the Kelpie's shape shifting abilities came from his large nostrils. This water horse could also create the illusion that would keep itself hidden. When it would be in the water and scouting for victims, it would just keep only it's eyes above the surface of the water.
  The Kelpie was also thought to warn when storms were approaching by howling and wailing. In some stories, it was said that it's tail would produce a thunderous sound with it's tail when it entered the water.
  Don't fear the Kelpie if you could get a bridle on it, which is a very dangerous task, but by placing a bridle on a Kelpie would subdue it and it's shape shifting powers. To have a Kelpie was a wondrous thing for it had the strength of 10 horses.
  A clan member of the Mac Gregor clan had saved himself from the powers of a Kelpie near Loch Slochd by being able to place a bridle on it. It is said that the Mac Gregor Clan this day has the same bridle and it is passed down from generations to generations.
  One famous Kelpie known by many people is known today as the Loch Ness monster, Nessie. She is known as a Kelpie.
  The movie, The Water Horse, is about a young boy who finds a Kelpie and befriends it. I've seen it and it's a good movie. Check it out!

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