The glaistig is a faerie that is one part sexy woman, one part goat. She wears a flowing green dress to hide her beastly features. It is said that she lures men to dance with her before feeding upon them by drinking their blood. But like many faeries, she also has a benign side to her personality, and has a gentle hand when tending children or the elderly. She has even been known to herd cattle for farmers.



I love this kind of duplicity in faeries. It makes it seem like whatever terrible quality they might have is merely a consequence of their nature rather than any malevolent intent. That’s just how they are, and there’s no reason why a lovely woman in a green dress can’t care for Nana or take Bessie out grazing. Just don’t dance with her.


Source: Froud, Brian; Lee, Alan, Faeries, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1978.

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  1. You’re so right about the duality; it’s what makes them so interesting. I didn’t know about the Glaistig – I shall have to remember her since she is kind of vampiric.
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    • Sara C. Snider

      She is kind of vampiric, which is part of her charm. I mean, I’ve never heard of a half-goat vampire. It’s interesting stuff.

  2. Julia Matthews

    Did not know this. Very interesting. Love learning knew things, specially ones that peek my curiosity.

  3. whoa! she’s new to me! what an interesting fae. i learned something new today.


  4. Another great creature! Very interesting how she can be monstrous and kind.

  5. So as long as you’re female, young, or elderly, you’re safe, in fact, you’ll probably get help. And dancing is out! Got it ;P
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    • Sara C. Snider

      Yeah, it’s probably best if no one dances with her, male or female. Just to be on the safe side. 😉

  6. Why can’t it ever be one part sexy woman and the other part not a need to suck my blood? Just not fair.

  7. She sounds so cool. I’ve never heard of this one before.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Leanne Ross ( & @LeanneRossRF )

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