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Look at them, mother Troll said. Look at my sons! You won't find more beautiful trolls on this side of the moon, 1915, watercolor illustration by John Bauer for Among Gnomes and Trolls. Lucia, 1913.
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BETWEEN THIS WORLD AND THE OTHERWORLD

The ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain begins at sunset on October 31. Lasting three days, Samhain marks the end of the harvest and the beginning of the "dark half" of the year. According to Celtic mythology, along with the holidays of Beltane (May 1) and Midsummer (June 21), it is a time of enchantment, a time when the veil between grows thin and for three days, both mortal and immortal may pass back and forth between this world and the Otherworld.

Sidhe refers to the earthen mounds that the Celts believed were home to various benevolent supernatural beings, including the fey, the elves, the spirits of Nature and, in later traditions, the Tuatha Dé Danann (the pantheon and immortalized heroes of Irish mythology).