Fairies tended to kidnap two different types of people:
1) infants or small children (usually blondes)
2) new mothers that were needed to nurse fairy infants
In their place, in the case of children, they usually left a fairy (usually
elderly or a sickly fairy baby) in place of the child.
For young women, they often left a "stock" -- an image of the woman made of wood
or stone that humans would mistake for the woman (who they now believed was
dead), and would bury the stock.
Sadly, "testings" for fairy infants by means of fire killed numerous infants,
some as late as the early 20th century.
- Douglas MacGowan
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