Leanan Sidhe Picture

Model - Damjana Nikolic
MUA / styling / photo / edit by me


In Celtic folklore, the Irish Leanan Sídhe is a beautiful woman of the Aos Sí (or fairy folk) who takes a human lover. Lovers of the leanan sídhe are said to live brief, though highly inspired, lives.

The Leanan Sídhe is generally depicted as a beautiful muse, who offers inspiration to an artist in exchange for fame and glory; however, this exchange frequently results in madness for the artist, and often premature death.

They seek the love of mortals. If they refuse, she must be their slave; if they consent, they are hers, and can only escape by finding another to take their place. The fairy lives on their life, and they waste away. Death is no escape from her.
Nyx and Hemera II
White Swan
Leanan Sidhe
The Pensive Terpsichore
Phaeos - My Muse