Whispering Woods Faery Lore Course: Lesson Thirteen – Mine Faeries

Whispering Woods Faery Lore Course

Lesson Thirteen

Mine Faeries


As the name indicates, these faeries spend their lives living in subterranean tunnels and mine shafts. They are generally a desired faery to have about for they will point miners to the best veins of ore and will on occasion warn of impending disasters. For some odd reason, many mine faeries do not like whistling, bare heads or foul mouths. And if angered, they may present a very real danger to any miners in the local area.

Kobold – These mine faeries are dispersed throughout Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. They live underground in subterranean tunnels. They are said to be very ugly and to stand about two feet tall. They dress in red or green and wear conical hats. They are generally mischievous but have known to favor certain miners on occasion. If one angers them they can become quite malicious. They were known to the Greeks and Germans as “Cobali”. The name of the element “cobalt” comes from kobold, after the poisonous and troublesome nature of the typical arsenical ores of this metal.

Cutty Soams – This mine faery is found in the border counties of Scotland and England. He was known to be very mischievous in that he would cut the ropes pulling the coal cars.

Meister Hammerlinge (Master Hammerlings) – This is a type of German mine faeries.

Gommes – These are the French mine faeries.

Coblynau (Knockers or Sprites) – These Welsh mine faeries are said to be only 18 inches tall and physically ugly. They carry tiny mining tools with them. They will often guide miners to rich lore deposits. But if offended, they will throw stones at the one that offended them. They are considered good omens since the location of their mining usually precedes the discovery of ore there.

Mine Monk – This peculiar German mine faery dresses in a green miner’s hat and blue jacket and hood, which gives him his name. They occasionally can be heard uttering the expression “Glückauf”, a traditional miner’s greeting.

Knockers – These mine faeries live in the tin mines of Devon and Cornwall in SW England. They were known to lead miners to good ore seams by knocking or tapping. They expect to be rewarded with an offering of food for their efforts. They don’t like bear heads, swearing or whistling. And if annoyed they will make faces at the miners. They are said to be small in stature and quite ugly in looks. Some legends have it that they are the spirits of the Jews who crucified the Christian, Christ and are now doing penitence for their deeds.

Tylwyth Teg y Mwn (The Fair Folk of the mine) – These are Welsh mine faeries known as knockers. They are said to be ruled by King Gwydion.

Fiery Drake – This is said to be a ball of flame that leads Peak District miners to the best ore veins.

Schact-Zwergen (Shaft Dwarfs) These are the Austrian mine faeries.

Haus-Schmiedlein (Little House Knockers) – These Bohemian mine faeries are said to announce the impemding death of a miner by knocking three times. They alert miners to lessor misfortunes when they are heard digging or pounding on the rocks.

Wichtlein (Little Wight) – These South German mine faeries wear white hooded shirts, leather aprons and they carry miniature tools. They stand about two feet tall. It is said that their presence in a mine indicates a rich vein of ore, nearby. They will often warn miners of a miner’s death by tapping on the walls three times. They warn of impending disasters by the sound of digging and pounding. They expect a daily offering of food by area miners. And once a year the miners are expected to present them with a small red coat as appreciation for their help.

Karzelek – These are the Polish mine faeries. They live in underground tunnels and guard enormous treasures. They are about three feet tall and sometimes appear as naked children or as flickers of light. They have been known to show miners where a good seam of ore is. But if irritated, they will cause cave-ins and other disasters. It is said that they don’t like whistling, swearing or bear heads. S

chwarzbraunen Madelein (Black-Brown maiden) – This mine faery is found in western Slavonia. The miners there would pray to her and make a food offering before entering the mines. She has since been absorbed into Christian beliefs and deified as St. Barbara.

Pcuvus – These are the Romanian mine faeries. According to Gypsy lore, clumps of Nettle mark the entrances to their subterranean tunnels where they reside over a hoard of precious metals and gems.




1. Gommes are the _______ mine faeries.

2. Bohemian mine faeries are said to announce the impending death of a miner by knocking _____ times.

3. Knockers live in the ___ mines

4. Mine faeries do not like _________, bare heads or foul mouths.

5. Tylwyth Teg y Mwn are the _______ faeries.

6. Wichtlein expect a daily offering of _____ by area miners.

7. In regards to the Pcuvus, clumps of ______ mark the entrances to their subterranean tunnels.



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