Pixies are mythological creatures that can be compared to elves or fairies. They come from British folklore. They can also be referred to as “piskies” or “pigsies.”
The earliest version of the classic “Three Little Pigs” fable is written about pixies, which was later changed to pigs. This original version comes from southern England in 1853. Much of pixie folklore traces back to Britain, but similarities can be linked to German and Scandinavia.
Belief in pixies and other fairylike creatures was taken seriously in the medieval period, up until the midst of the Victorian Era. There were many claimed sightings of pixies dwelling near rocks and gathering around in circles dancing and cheering.
Pixies are generally seen as kind and benevolent spirits. There are tales of pixies bringing humans good luck, helping out with their chores, and playing with children. However, there are some accounts of pixies being mischievous and playing tricks of humans. They have been said to lead humans into forests and get them lost for hours!
Unlike fairies, pixies typically do not have wings. They are childlike, with youthful faces and pointed ears. Pixies are small — some say they are invisibly small, others say they are only slightly shorter than humans at about 3-4 feet.
Pixies are said to dress in poor, raggedy clothes. They are excited by luxurious attire, and will gladly swap out their scraps for a nice dress when given the opportunity. Artwork often shows pixies wearing green attire and pointy hats. Many times, pixies will go naked and wear nothing at all!
Joan the Wad is known as Queen of the Pixies in Cornish folklore. She ruled along Jack O’ Lantern, King of the Pixies. The term “wad” is said to be translated as “torch,” equating the queen as a guiding light through the darkness. Joan the Wad charms and pendants have been carried around as a way of bringing about good luck.