Sep 8, 2011

The Magical Nature of Fairy Rings




They are magical looking....but the science behind the reason for the rings are less romantic...they are caused by fungi that grow in a circular pattern which grows bigger each year....


One of the largest Fairy Rings was found in France and is around 2000 ft in diameter and thought to be about 700 years old. There are rings in Southern England that are believed to be a few hundred years old as well.






The folklore surrounding these rings taken many different forms but the most well-known is the one of fairies dancing at night and the mushrooms are the evidence of their nightly frolics... The Fairy Rings are part of literature, art and superstition.





"Fairy tales and folk tales are for children and childlike people, not because they are little and inconsequential, but because they are as enormous as life itself ... for in fairy tales, someone has to see beneath the surface of things, and glimpse the beauty that everyone else overlooks."



If you want to enjoy a movie about Fairies, I highly recommend this one,
you won't be disappointed..


Have a great evening!!

5 comments:

the wild magnolia said...

Nice post, I love fairies.

Amanda ~ Blue LaReve said...

Oh, how fascinating!! My home is surrounded by mushrooms, in the yard and in the forest. Now I want to go searching for a Fairy Ring - how magical that would be!

Linda said...

I am always looking for one ...I was hoping with all the rain one may show up in the woods near my home... I would love to see the one in France!!

Luthien said...

how cool!! you mean there are real toadstool rings like these? i never knew!! wow!! i rather much believe that these are fairy rings than the scientific explanation. why do they grow in a circle anyway?

S.Emerald said...

I'm still yet to see a fairy ring in person.

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