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by Micha F. Lindemans
The hag is a fairy from the British Isles. She is said to be the traces of the most ancient goddesses. The hag is regarded as the personification of winter. In the winter months she is usually old and very ugly looking. As the season changes though she becomes more and more beautiful, and younger. Tangles in the manes of horses and ponies are called hag-knots, supposed to be used witches as stirrups.

"How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags?"
   -- Shakespeare, Macbeth, IV, i.

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