The Common House Faery: Brownies
Brownies, also known as the common house elf, are faeries that typically live within human dwellings.
These kindly and dependable creatures attach themselves to human households, where they help with chores and protect the well-being of people living on “their” land.
-Spiderwick Chronicles Wiki
They are well known for assisting with household chores, tending to the property, and watching out for the house’s wellbeing. Originating from Scottish and English Folklore, they also have various counterparts or other creatures similar to them in other folklore.
They tend to not like being seen and will only work at night, traditionally in exchange for small gifts of food. They especially enjoy milk and honey.
Typically, brownies prefer to not be paid for tending to their homes. They like being given gifts and treated as fellow members of the home.
They usually abandon the house if the owners of the house misuse them or abuse them. Though sometimes, the brownies can in fact turn into boggarts if angered or abused.
Brownies make their homes in an unused part of the house.
Brownies really enjoy homes that smell of freshly cooked food, or houses that have a warm hearth.
A famous tale of brownies is “The Elves and the Shoe Maker”
Brownies, in appearance, tend to take a more human-ish look. Do to their closeness to people, they tend to take a more similar appearance. They tend to be very small.
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