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The motif Pixie is a part of: Gods, spirits and demons

See also Fairies, elves


Popular belief, goblin

Description of this motif:

Pixies are housegods and guardian spirits from Scandinavian folklore, rooted in the Roman lares.

Commonly pixies are represented at the size of a little child, approx. two feet high, wearing grey rural (pixies have mostly been related to farm houses) clothes and a red hat.

Pixies are little creatures, who are similar with elfs and gnomes. A pixie plays an important role in the fairy tale "The Goblin and the Grocer".


The tales are sorted by year. The leading numbers refer to the number of occurrences of the motif in the respective texts.

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