Anonymous said: So here's my big question to you for the day - why in much of the stories do we not see the good folk (tuatha de and/or sí) and the water folk (merrow, selkie, and others) interact? There are plenty of circumstances, possibly, in which the writer could have included both folkloric beings yet they didn't. Your thoughts?
Theres a very simple answer to that one. Theyre from different bodies of folklore from different cultures.
We see our worlds differently. Hoe our fairies interact with water is an example. In ireland fairies cant cross rivers, they can be kept out with water at certain times of the year. Eddie Lenihan has a story where old purple used to warn the fairies if they were throwing dirty water out. Our fairies hate water, theyd never live in it like scottish selkies etc.
Scottish cultures see water differently to us so their fairies are different.
In terms of why the tuatha de danann dont meet fairies its because myth is from high culture a long time ago and fairies are from folk culture today.
I dunno that theyd be the same thing either. The stories about the tuatha de danann (a fictional group anyway) being defeated by mortals and retreating underground was medieval christianities propaganda that all deities were banished after the death of christ.
In folk trad the myths are reconciled with christianity by saying the tdd were a part of lucifers rebellion but god took pity on them half way to hell and stopped their fall. Fairies are just fairies, they dont.compare to angels in peoples eyes.