Originally, fae was the creature and faerie was the land of the fays.In modern times, both spellings, faerie and fairy, are commonly interchanged in English.But I may be a little closer to solving the question of “owl blasting.” In my recent fairy researches, I was pleased to find the “fairy blast,” an event that has a variety of meanings, most commonly a “stroke” felt by a mortal in a variety of ways.
Originally, fae was the creature and faerie was the land of the fays.In modern times, both spellings, faerie and fairy, are commonly interchanged in English.
To be a completist, the most common definition of “fairy blast” was a general “stroke” from the fairies, as in this reference to “The wicked sprite who would blast the eye or the hand of some mortal.” [(Dublin, IR) 16 September 1865: p.
9] In this tragic case from 1856 of a boy killed by a “Fairy Man,” it was claimed that young Patrick Kearns had received a “blast,” and needed curing.
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Mary knew there was something the matter with her, and to account for it asked in the same strange accent: “Didn’t you hear of it, ma’am? I’m my sister Ellen.” This sister had been absent in America for some time, and the lady, while grasping the meaning of the altered speech, was considerably puzzled to know what had come over her slavey.
The damsel, however, hastened to relieve her mistress’s anxiety by the assurance, conveyed in perfect seriousness: “I expect to be myself again in a few days, ma’am, but I’m Ellen now, and not Mary.” She kept her word, and just when the household had come to regard her as fit for a lunatic asylum she became herself again, remarking that the “blast” was over.
Wings, while common in Victorian artwork of fairies, are very rare in the folklore; even very small fairies flew with magic, sometimes flying on ragwort stems or the backs of birds.
The English word "fairy" is derived from the Old French faerie, which was derivative of the root fae (The English root form is fay).
While the headline states that her sister is dead; the article merely says that she had been in America for some time. While this might just have been a servant playing a prank on her mistress, what struck me about this account was its resemblance to the well-known story of Lurancy Vennum, “The Watseka Wonder,” who “became” her dead neighbor, Mary Roff.
Lurancy was tormented by convulsions, including heel-to-head contortions characteristic of hysterics and demoniacs.