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The Secret Life of Elves

Updated on August 23, 2017
An Elf is NOT a fairy
An Elf is NOT a fairy | Source

The Real Truth behind the Elves

Elves are not fairies!

They are supernatural beings from the frozen lands of the North, wrought from light at the very beginning of the world and certainly not those quaint little creatures found in fairy books for children.

Remember, Elves have little regard for humans so, if by some dire chance, you run into an Elf, doff your cap, apologise profusely, and scramble away as best you can. Never annoy the Elves, not for a minute.

Treat the Elves with Respect

Elves are Elementals, Spirits of Nature.

Norwegian Mythology tells us that the Liosalfar (Light Elves) live in Alfheim, where they owe allegiance to Frey, the God of Light.

You may refer to these Spirits of the Land as Elves, or fae-folk if you really must, as long as you treat them with the greatest of respect.

Male of the Elf species
Male of the Elf species | Source

How to recognise an Elf

Elves are easily recognisable by their great beauty.

At first glance, it's hard to tell if you are seeing a female elf, or male.

All elves have graceful, delicate features with high cheekbones, pointed ears and extraordinarily expressive eyes. Unlike us, the older they get, the wiser and more beautiful they become.

Male elves also don't have any beard growth.

In modern descriptions, elves are either light or dark, the light elves having starlike eyes, faces brighter than the sun, and golden-coloured hair; the dark elves are pitch black, often with fluorescent eyes.

The Dark Elves

Dark or light, the elven race is rarely seen and if so, elves only appear on certain times and on special places in woodlands untouched by humans.

The black or dark elves are beautiful, agile, dexterous creatures, proud and haughty in their bearing. They are the Drow, Elves of the underground.

These Dark Elves live in deep underground caves. In Spring they celebrate the new life by decking themselves with blossoms and in Summer they often frolic lightly with the ondines of the rivers.

To be truthful, apart from these seasonal activities, very little is known about the Drow at all.

The Music of the Elves

The Norwegians call the Elves Huldrafolk, and their music Huldraslaat.

Elven music is often said to be mournful, like a lament, but this is not so. Perhaps because the music is always in a minor key it can strike melancholy in us. Perhaps because we yearn, unconsciously, for whispers of the distant past.

To our human ears, the sweet singing of the Elves brings memories of melodies we seem to recognise, a poignant snatch of half-remembered notes we heard in childhood, passionate yet sentimental, thrilling yet frightening, and always piercing the heart.

The Dance of the Elves

Royal Danish Ballet - Folktale
Royal Danish Ballet - Folktale | Source

Elves dance in moon-shrouded nights to the wild harps and pipes, the courtly grace of their steps moving faster, ever faster, to the strange lilting lays older than man.

They dance by the cool clear springs of distant woodlands drenched with the rainy sunny earthy tang of berries and along the restless wastes of the cold seashore, with its thousand moods and clean sharp tang of salty depths.

Waterfall at Elves Chasm

Waterfall in Elves Chasm
Waterfall in Elves Chasm | Source

Can you see the Elves?

Hounded by humans, there is still one place left for Elves, and even there they are rarely seen, and that place is the remaining dense forests of Norway. In the Norwegian Spring they are found among the new blossoms, chasing butterflies up the windy hills for the sheer joy of it and rolling over in the new, green, long grasses.

Although the Elves only appear visible to certain mortals on certain times in certain wild places, Sunday children (those born on Sunday) can see them at any time of the year.

It is a gift to be able to see otherworld beings, and sometimes an Elf will bestow this gift to deserving humans, but most of us can only hear faintly the distant sweet lilt of their music.

How can we save the Elves?

We are warned that the Elves are on the verge of extinction. Others say that the Elves are leaving us of their own will.

Should an all-out global effort be made to save the Elves?

When you're in the Deep Woods, listen respectfully
When you're in the Deep Woods, listen respectfully | Source

Next time you are in the Deep Woods

Next time you are in the woods, especially if you are by a stream, sit down gently, close your eyes and stay very still and quiet.

You may hear, faintly at first, the soft silvery strains of Elven song. Far off, but sweetly lucid and unmistakeable.

It is said that all humans will hear the music of the Elves twice in their lives. Our tragedy is that we don't know when that will be.

If you're respectful to these elemental creatures, you may hear their heartrending music.

© 2008 Susanna Duffy

Leave a message of hope for the Elves - Who knows, an Elf may read it!

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      ambssadoroftheelves 3 years ago

      we thank you mortals

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Please, don't hunt them down. They are the creatures I would like to be seeing once in my life. They are just as good as we are. One tip, elves can't touch metal of sort or they will vansish. Never harm them because they are stronger then you and because they are important. ð²

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Elves are real!!! Read The Urantia Book about Midway Creatures

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Elven~Your knowledge of nature and the nature of human is great. I wish to be welcomed in your realm for a precious amount of time so I may see your ways. I wish to learn from the ancient days of the forefathers of the Elves and all creatures you have been in contact with.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This summer I saw a being that looked like an elf in my backyard. I have been placing food underneath my small tree since spring. It was a cool breeze so I decided to sit near my tree and relax. It was evening, the chimes were tingling and I was just about to close my eyes when I saw a dark head peek outside a fallen leaf. I thought it was a mouse. Suddenly this small figure jumped out and laid on an apple I cut in half. When I looked closer I noticed it wasn't a mouse. It looked like a small man. It was wearing no clothes, it had a pointy nose and ears and black eyes. It laid on the white part of the apple so I could see his hands. I screamed and ran into the house. It also ran into the brush.

      Like I stated earlier, I've been placing food (fruit & bread) under the tree since spring. I also noticed that when I put food out, the next day I would see silver glitter. One day I placed cooked yams under the tree and the following morning my back yard was covered with this transparent glitter. It was beautiful, I took a picture of it and my son actually saw the glitter too. Problem is now I'm afraid to go in my yard, the elf was scary looking.

      Then about 2 weeks later, the elf showed up in my bedroom so I was scared to sleep in my room. To solve that problem I called on the energy of Bast to protect me, 3 cats showed up in my yard. I feel protected in my room, but I no longer sit in my back yard.

      I appreciate the info of the faery & elf realm. It's important to know what your dealing with because what I saw I will never forget...it was not Tinkerbell.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am Sunday born, but I have never seen or heard an elf. I have great respect for them, though, and am so VERY sad that my kind is destroying the planet, home for all of us. When the new ice age comes, perhaps, they will reign again.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      The Elven race is very special and lucky the human who catches a glimpse of one. A truly wondrous lens Susanna.

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      Glendame 5 years ago

      I think I heard Elves singing once (I was born on a Sunday) but it may just have been the schnapps

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Whimsical lens! Loved it!

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      beautiful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Elves are the best, I hope I can become one in the next life or so

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      KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

      That's a different physical description than the one I've heard, and a different story of their origins. But best wishes to the elves.

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      whiteskyline lm 6 years ago

      This was enchanting, I have honestly not ever wondered whether or not an elf is real.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Came back to give this great lens a Blessing!

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      Another wonderful lens 5*s wonderful