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[ScG frìde, gnome, pigmy, elf, rock-elfin].

Supernatural creature or fairy of Scottish Highland folklore who lives in or under rocks and devours all spilled milk or crumbs. In a widely known story a piper and his dog follow the fridean into a winding cavern, his music still being heard by mortals above ground; the piper never returns, but the dog returns hairless and immediately dies. Folk motif: V12.9.

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