Tündér - Fairies

The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Complete A-Z for the Entire Magical World - Judika Illes 2005


Although Hungary also has malevolent fairies, the Tündér are charming, beautiful, and benevolent. Hungarian fairy tales describe Tündér protecting orphans and saving the destitute with gifts of the priceless pearls that they wear in their hair.

Tündér are virtually exclusively female. They are fabulously wealthy, living on remote mountaintops in amazing castles surrounded by beautiful gardens. They passionately love dancing and music and will dance the night away under the moonlight. They have powerful magical powers and own magical jewels and herbs with which they cast spells. Their body fluids, including tears, milk, and saliva, have magical properties as well and are tools of enchantment.

Legends regale the magic powers and charitable, righteous actions of specific Tündér, who are known by name. The most prominent is Tündér Ilona (“Fairy Helen”). Others include Tündér Maros, Dame Rampson, and Dame Vénétur.

Unlike many other spirits classified as “fairies” Tündér are addressed by name, although always preceded by an honorific. The Hungarian word translated into English as “Dame” indicates tremendous veneration, adoration, and respect, akin to the original usage of Ma Donna or “My Lady.” Testimony from Hungarian witch trials indicates that these spirits may once have been intensely venerated.

See Fairy Magicians, Sicilian Fairy Cult, Witchcraft Trials.