Nymphs are nature spirits who materialize as gorgeous women and are part of Greek and Roman mythology. These types of Fae are often called goddesses, and it’s believed the word nymph is derived from the Greek word for bride.
The nymphs were frequently linked with fertility and the elements air, fire, water, and earth. They were not immortal, but they lived exceptionally long lives and were typically friendly to men.
Overall, nymphs are classified according to the natural element they are connected with and what they protect.
A Nymph can be thought of as a forest spirit due to its connection with flora and fauna, flowing waters, cool grottos, and caves. While nymphs can be found in all corners of the world, most live in forest settings such as woodlands or grasslands.
However, some nymph species prefer bodies of water like lakes, rivers, and oceans. An example of this would be the famousCalypso, who was a sea nymph, which is also known as an Oceanid.
There are a few more types of Fae nymphs who have their own names:
- Acheloids (rivers)
- Alseids (glens and groves)
- Auloniad (mountain pastures and vales)
- Crenae or Crinaeae (fountains or wells)
- Dryads (originally oak trees, but later all trees and forests)
- Hesperides (evening and golden light of sunsets)
- Hydriads (rivers, streams, and lakes)
- Leimoniades (meadows and pastures often protected sheep and fruit-trees)
- Meliae (the ash tree)
- Melissa (honey and bees)
- Muses (water and springs)
- Naiads (springs and rivers)
- Napaea (wooded valleys, glens or grottos)
- Oceanids (sea)
- Oreads (mountains)
- Undines (water nymph who becomes human when she falls in love with a mortal man)
Nymphs love bright colors, and they’re often more visible during the summer months when the flowers are in full bloom.
They are not immortal but are believed to live for thousands of years. They were often companions of gods and goddesses and entertained them with music, dancing, or divination.