Have you ever heard of Fairy Rings?
In real life, Fairy Rings are a naturally occurring phenomena where mushrooms grow in a circle.
In folklore, Fairy Rings are an enchanted place where fairies gather at night and dance under the moonlight.
John Milton mentioned dancing Fairy Elves in the first Book of Paradise Lost…
Whose midnight revels, by a forest side
Or fountain some belated peasant sees,
Or dreams he sees, while over-head the Moon
Sits arbitress, and nearer to the earth
Wheels her pale course, they, on their mirth and dance Intent, with jocund music charm his ear;
At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.
It’s not hard to see how man would come up with a supernatural reason for Fairy Rings. They are so unusual!
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