For hundreds of years, authors have written about fairies in novels, plays and stories. The English playwright William Shakespeare used fairies as major characters in his comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The play includes Oberon and Titiana, the king and queen of the fairies, and the mischievous fairy Puck. Shakespeare may have based Puck on any of several fairies from British folklore, including Pooka of Ireland, Pwca of Wales, and Robin Goodfellow of England. A fairy named Ariel is an important character in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. The playwright also wrote a famous description of Queen Mab in “Romeo and Juliet”.
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