Used correctly, Shield Charms have the ability to defend or protect you from harm without the need to resort to violence.
Golden CharmsThe Golden Charms known to exist in Fairyland are the Gold Comb, Gold Flute and Gold Spinning Wheel. It’s unclear exactly what magical properties they hold, but as seen in Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘The Nixie in the Pond’, they’re invaluable against malevolent nixies (water spirits).
‘The Nixie in the Pond’ tells of how a huntsman strayed too close to a nixie pond and was captured by the water spirit. When his wife discovered what had happened, she had a dream that saw herself finding a wise woman who could help her. The maiden would recount the steps she had taken in her dream and meet the wise woman three times. On each occasion, the wise woman would present her with a Golden Charm and instructions on how to use it.
Every time the maiden used a Golden Charm in front of the nixie pond, a little more of her husband would resurface, until at last he could break free from the nixie’s shackles.
Mountain CharmsThe Mountain Charms known to exist in Fairyland are the Mountain Brush, Mountain Comb and Mountain Mirror. Where they came from is a mystery, but they proved very effective against a nixie in Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘The Water Nixie’.
A little brother and sister managed to escape a nixie’s clutches with the help of Mountain Charms, which if thrown on the ground would become a wild and treacherous mountain range. The Mountain Brush would turn into bristly terrain. The Mountain Comb would turn into jagged, toothy rocks. The Mountain Mirror would turn into tall, pure glass that's impossible to climb over. Although the nixie overcame these obstacles with time, she had no hope of catching up with the children who had run far out of reach.
Invisibility CloakFairyland is riddled with Invisibility Cloaks; you just have to be lucky enough to know were to look. Finding one means arming yourself with the most desirable device in the world of espionage.
An army veteran in Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘The Worn-out Dancing Shoes’ was lucky enough to meet a wise woman who had an Invisibility Cloak to spare. The story centres around twelve princesses who liked to sneak out at night to go partying. As any good dad would do, the king challenged men across the country to spy on his girls when they went to bed and find out where they go every night. Thanks to the wise woman’s generosity, the army veteran took up the challenge and won.
If you’re not lucky enough to find such a nice wise woman, then you may be lucky enough to find three people fighting over an Invisibility Cloak. That’s what happened to the lead characters in Brothers Grimm fairy tales ‘The King of the Golden Mountain’ and ‘The Raven’. The former sees a king run off with the inheritance of three giants, while the latter sees a man run off with the spoils of three thieves.
The king in ‘The King of the Golden Mountain’ used the Cloak to sneak back into his castle. When he discovered his wife had been unfaithful, he delivered his revenge (being invisible was a great advantage).
The man in ‘The Raven’ sought to free a princess from an enchanted castle that sat, out of reach, on top of a glass mountain. After fooling the robbers into letting him don the Invisibility Cloak, he stole the last magical items he needed to rescue the princess.
Blood Pearl BlossomIn Fairyland, there’s no such thing as a spell that cannot be broken. The Blood Pearl Blossom has the ability to make enchantments disappear and was used against the sorceress in Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘Jorinda and Joringel’.
The story is about a pair of lovers who wandered too close to the sorceress’ castle. Ensnared in the sorceress’ spell, the man was paralysed on the spot. The maiden was transformed into a bird and held prisoner in the castle. Since the sorceress got what she wanted, she released the man, who dreamt of finding a blood-red flower with a beautiful pearl at its centre. The man scoured the land for the Blood Pearl Blossom, and when he found it, he used it to clear away the sorceress’ magic and save his beloved.
Shapeshifter WandIf you had to run away in Fairyland, what’s the one magical item you should take with you? Most Fairylanders would pick the Shapeshifter Wand.
Brothers Grimm fairy tales ‘Sweetheart Roland’, ‘Okerlo’ and ‘The Two Kings' Children’ all feature a pair of lovers running for their lives. The maiden in ‘Sweetheart Roland’ stole the Shapeshifter Wand from her stepmother, who happened to be a wicked witch. In ‘Okerlo’, to escape an island of cannibals, the maiden grabbed a Shapeshifter Wand along with other magical items. Interestingly, the maiden in ‘The Two Kings' Children’ doesn’t find a Shapeshifter Wand – she performs the magic herself.
For each of these stories, the magic of the Shapeshifter Wand was used to change the couple into different guises: flower; lake; duck; fiddler; pond; swan; rosebush; bee; church; pastor; fish. Every transformation took them further away from those in pursuit of them and all the more closer to happy-ever-after.
Shield Charms offer both protection and freedom until a thief comes along to use them against you. Sometimes, the most powerful asset in Fairyland is a strong and loyal ally. My next post will cover the best magical allies you can have.