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[Ir. fear gorta, man of hunger]. A benevolent fairy from Hiberno-English oral tradition. This pale, emaciated figure goes through the land in famine time, begging and bringing good luck to the giver. He is so weak and thin he can barely lift his alms cup, and he has few clothes to cover his modesty, even in wintertime. Only the smug and selfish turn away from him in disgust. See HUNGRY GRASS [Ir. féar gortach].

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