Seelie Court

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A Seelie Court is a term originating in Lowland Scottish folklore to indicate "good" fairies. The word "seely" being a Scots, Northern and Middle English term meaning "happy", "lucky" or "blessed". The word is derived from the Old English sœl and gesœlig[1][2] The Modern Standard English word silly is also derived from this root and the term "seely" is recorded in numerous works of Middle English literature such as those by Geoffrey Chaucer. Many ballads and tales tell of "Seely wights"; a Lowlander term for fairies.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "SEIL, n., adj. Also seile, sele, seel, seal, seyle.". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  2. ^ "UNSEELY, adj. Also unseally, oonseely.". Retrieved 2014-05-12.