(the) small folk


(the) small folk
   the fairies
   Alluding to their stature in the days when they were real to West Country folk and, with their vicious natures, not to be trifled with or talked about directly. Also as the small men or the small people:
    The small men. I mean the pixies. (Mortimer, 1895)
    The small people are believed by some to be the spirits of the people who inhabited Cornwall many thousands of years ago. (R. Hunt, 1865)

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