Peter Pan is otherworldly, yet Tinker Bell
is from a place even beyond “the second star to the right and straight on till morning.” Her sparkling faery dust seems to indicate that she is made of starlight and is a true astral being.
Time does not touch Peter Pan. He lives continually in the moment, with no responsibility, no memory, no mother’s love; he is essentially heartless. Tinker Bell
represents his missing heart. She is all feeling, all emotion. She loves him passionately. Perhaps, her most endearing qualities are also her most human: her temper, her possessiveness, her jealousy. But she is ultimately the most noble, for she willingly sacrifices her own life for a greater good. Tinker Bell
and all her attributes link us to the faery world. Like all true faeries, she is a messenger, telling us that no matter how small you feel, the heart can be as infinite as love allows.
It is Tinker Bell
who makes us believe.
— World of Faerie, by Brian Froud
[Artwork: Tinker Bell, by Brian Froud