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Bogies


Bogies, also called Bog, Bogey, and Budge Fur, are short, dark, and furry hobgoblins that live in darkness and semi-darkness and like to scare children, as they are the only ones who can easily see them.


They are a part of the Unseelie Court (i.e., darkly-inclined fairies). As all the other beings that belong to this Court, no offense is necessary to bring down their assaults.


The good news is that while they are mischievous, they also relatively harmless. Nonetheless, their frightening skills and lack of intelligence, sometimes turns them into dangerous creatures.

They like to hide in cellars, barns, attics, cupboards, and caves, besides any other dark place were people store goods for which they have no use, but are reluctant to discard.


Although they are by nature not always malicious in temperament they amuse themselves by hovering behind a person’s back and thus creating a vague uneasiness, pulling blankets on cold nights and other uncreative mischief. Also they like to spy on people and listen to their conversations. Some try hard to move with stealth, as to prevent problems with those who can hurt them, but their clumsiness betrays their presence with thumps, creaks and scuffles. Others, however, like to knock things around, specially at night to scare as many inhabitants as possible.


Bothersome as they are, they are not very bright, so it’s easy to trick them. In the well-know tale "The Bogies Field," we learned an easy trick to get rid of a bogie:


It is said, that one foggy morning, a bogie decided he owned a farmers land while the farmer could do all of the work. Knowing the trouble that could come from upsetting a bogie, the farmer played along and asked the bogie what would it like him to sow, tops or bottoms, as in grain or roots. The bogie decided, but then farmer choose the opposite. Harvest came to find a bogie quite displeased with what had been produced. The farmer feigned confusion and  promised he would do right  the next year. Time came to sow again. And again the bogie decided. And the farmer again did the opposite. At last, they agreed to divide the field in half, plant wheat, and then see who could harvest the most. The field, then, would go as price to the winner.


They did as agreed, but just before the wheat was ripe, the farmer put iron rods in the bogie’s half of the field. When harvest day came, the farmer did fine, but the bogie hit the iron so many times, his scythe became dull and would not cut the wheat. Thus the farmer won and the bogie, left never to bother the farmer again.

References

-Rose, C. 2001. Giants, Monsters and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth. W. W. Norton & Company, New York.

-Rose, C. 1996. Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia. W. W. Norton & Company, New York.

-Sedgwick, P. 1974. Mythological Creatures: A Pictoral Dictionary. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York. (Figure modified from this text).

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