The Lilac Fairy

Real Name


First Appearance

Sleeping Beauty (Ballet - 1890)

Created by

Ivan Vsevolozhsky & Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Debuting in Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty ballet of 1890, the ballet's focus was undeniably on the two main conflicting forces of good (the Lilac Fairy) and evil (Carabosse); each has a leitmotif representing them, which run through the entire ballet, serving as an important thread to the underlying plot. Act III of the work, however, takes a complete break from the two motifs and instead places focus on the individual characters of the various court dances.

Later, the character was used as the titular character in the final volume of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books — also known as Andrew Lang's "Coloured" Fairy Books or Andrew Lang's Fairy Books of Many Colors. These were a series of twelve collections of fairy tales, published between 1889 and 1910. Each volume is distinguished by its own color. In all, 437 tales from a broad range of cultures and countries are presented.

Although Lang only ever used color as a distinction for the title of the book, the titles have been given characteristics of their own over the years and used as stock characters.

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