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Brian Froud Art Book Collection

One thing that I tend not to go into depth about on Tumblr is my huge love of the works of Jim Henson and in particular his collaborations with the insanely talented Brian Froud.

I have a small but respectable collection of Froud`s work and have poured through the pages on numerous occasions. Studying every image and always managing to find something I had never noticed before. 

It`s a shame that Jim Henson died so young and never again had the opportunity to collaborate again with Brian Froud. The two times they did work together the results were magical. 

What is Faery?

Faeries can be found in all cultures, such as Persian, Chinese, Greek, but mostly Irish and Celtic. 

Basically Faeries are spirits of nature, they might have some aspects similar to humans.

These beings can be linked to the four elements, trees, flowers, darks aspects, seasons among other things.

Some legends behold them as being mischievous or even evil. But faeries have their own views on good and bad which might go against with what humans consider of that.  “ I believe no faery is completely good or bad but fluidly embodies both extremes.” Brian Froud

Some of these spirits can be more friendly towards humans while others might not be so open to connect to humans. It also depend on the type of human, if it’s a person who respects nature or not. 

Some terms related to Faery are:

  • Alfar- edda- scandinavian
  • Faery- latin “fata”- destine
  • Fairy- French
  • Faerie/fey- English
  • Sidhe-shee- gaelic- people from the hills/ mountain
  • Sith (gaelic variation of sidhe) 
  • Good people 
  • Little people 
  • Farisees
  • Fary 
  • Fees
  • Fay 
  • Fae
  • Elf 
  • Elvish 
  • Elven
  • Feriers/ferishers
  • Changelings
  • Ellyllon

“Faeries show us the flow and the possibilities of change.  They show us clarity and insight and the fact that everything is connected and that we are all part of one another.”  Brian Froud