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Pixies (also pixy, pixi, pizkie, piskie and pigsie as it is sometimes known in Cornwall) are mythical creatures of English folklore, considered to be particularly concentrated in the areas around Devon and Cornwall, suggesting some Celtic origin for the belief and name.

In regional dialect, these mischievous little folk are sometimes referred to as piskies/piskeys or the little people.

The pixie also has a matured cousin called the heather pixie.

Myths & Legends[]

Pixies are notorious pranksters. One of their favourite ways of messing with people is leading them off into the woods and leaving them lost for hours before literally dropping; thus the term 'pixie-led'. Pranksters they may be but not malevolent, they are known to help out a worthy human in need. They are also known to shape shift, a common form taken is the hedgehog.


They are usually depicted as wingless, with pointed ears, and often wearing a green outfit and pointed hat. Sometimes their eyes are described as being pointed upwards at the temple ends. Nowadays, they are depicted with wings, similar to fairies. The words "fairy" and "pixie" are sometimes used interchangeably.