Desperately Seeking Dwylla

I hate doing this. I hate writing a blog post for a demon that I could only find one source document for.

But an Irish Huntress Faery… I mean, how could I resist?

According to Maberry, and Maberry ALONE, there’s this Irish Huntress Faery. She’s sexy, she’s immortal, and she’s PISSED OFF.

There’s an Irish fairytale about a beautiful young woman named Dwylla. Growing up, she was a tad different from the other lasses. She didn’t have a father. She could talk to birds, she could see in the dark, and maybe the tops of her ears were just a bit pointy.

On her sixteenth birthday, she overheard her mom telling her aunt that Dwylla had been born nine months after she’d been raped by an Elf sorcerer.

Whoa, happy birthday, kiddo.

Dwylla decided the whole lot of the elf race needed to be exterminated, picked up her quiver of arrows, and rode off to do the job.

Maberry says there’s another version of the tale, where Dwylla’s mom was an elf raped by a human nobleman, leading Dwylla to hunt humans.

I didn’t find any corroborating evidence anywhere. I’m not saying Maberry is wrong, or that he made it up. He probably just spend more time researching.

Either way, I don’t care. Dwylla’s here. She stays. And she’s after YOU.

Sources

Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us, and Hunger for Us
Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us, and Hunger for Us
(Paperback)
by Jonathan Maberry
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Féar Gortach/Féar Gortagh: The hungry man

Note: After I posted this blog this morning, I read it again and said to myself “Gosh darn it, Teresa! What an appropriate post for Canadian Thanksgiving weekend…” Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canucks; Happy Columbus Day to my American friends.

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William Butler Yeats describes the ‘Féar Gorta’ (also spelled ‘Féar Gortach’), which means ‘hungry man,’ only as “an emaciated phantom that through the land in times of famine, begging an alms [sic] and bestowing good luck on the giver.”

Other sources are a bit more specific, saying that anyone who doesn’t give the Hungry Man a little something will get very, very hungry, and in the end, eat himself to death. (To me, this sounds like a vengeance curse, so I’d actually go so far as to guess the Hungry Man only shows up at the houses of people who can afford to give.)

But language is a weird thing. There’s another phrase pronounced in similar way–Féar Gortagh–that means ‘hungry grass.’ This is a patch of dead grass, some say it pops up where someone has died violently, some say it happens specifically where someone has died of hunger. This grass turns predator. Anyone who walks across it gets the same sickness as the Hungry Man inflicts on the uncharitable. They get insatiable hunger and eat until they burst.

It’s wafer-thin.

Sources

http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/yeats/fip/fip23.htm#page_80
Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us, and Hunger for Us
Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us, and Hunger for Us
(Paperback)
by Jonathan Maberry