- European (culture)
- Domestic (attribute)
- Humanoid (attribute)
- Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)
- Fairies and Nymphs (common type)
Like the Brownie, the Hob is a household fairy that helps with chores around the house. The hob in particular, looks after the health of children. He is especially good in curing a child’s cough. He is naked and has long hair. If you give it clothes, it will be offended and leave the service of your house. To invoke a Hob to help your child you would say the rhyme:
“Hobhole Hob! Hobhole Hob!
Ma bairn’s gotten t’kink cough,
Tak’t off, tak’t off!”
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