I’ve blogged before about C.S. Lewis’ faerie lecture in The Discarded Image, and guest blogger Prof. J. Aleksandr Wootton has shared his great resource list. This post takes the conversation both global and to the point of what writers can do today.
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“Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.”
– J.R.R. Tolkein
Elves are fascinating creatures of legend, and their roots go deep into our history. And when I say “our”, I mean collective mankind, for although we may think that the concept of elves is a Western European one, you can actually find elf-like creatures in most of the world’s mythology. In the Norse and Germanic cultures they are alfar, supernatural beings having great beauty and long lives, sometimes helping humans, sometimes hindering them. These are the Tolkein elves,for the most part, which is not surprising, as his LOTR saga was based on Norse mythology.
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