The Tooth Fairy Legend
The legend of the tooth fairy is a prized one in American culture.
But where did this legend come from? The following article describes
the conventions and possible origins of the tooth fairy.
The tooth fairy comes when a child has lost a tooth. Commonly, she
is very small, and she comes in the middle of the night. The child is
to leave the tooth under his/her pillow, so that the tooth fairy can
take it during her visit.
Once she has taken the tooth, she leaves
monetary reimbursement under the pillow, anything from ten cents to a
dollar. (This action is done by a parent.) The teeth are then taken to
her tower, and used for her purposes.
Pictures of the tooth fairy have been captured in everything from
storybooks to art. The painter Maxfield Parrish is said to have
depicted her once in the corner of a painting.
Fairies in general are
generally considered to be great influences in art, and folklore and
legend surround each fairy tale. It is reasonable to think that the
tooth fairy legend originated from a place where folklore and legend
are tradition, namely, England or Ireland.