So all of u who comment on this tell me if u realized this. Early in fairy tail when laxus attacks the guild natsu and gajeel cannot pass through freid's barrier with the conditions you must be under 80 yrs old and not a stone statue. (Some of the fairy tail girls were turned into statues by evergreen). So Hiro Mashima gave us a clue of how old they really are early on. Even though at the time we all thought nothing of it.