HIDDEN HISTORY OF ELVES AND DWARFS: Avatars of Invisible Realms - Book
By Claude Lecouteux
Most people are familiar with the popular image of elves as Santa's helpers and dwarfs as little bearded men wearing red caps, but their roots go far deeper than their appearance in fairy tales and popular stories. They are survivors of a much older belief system that predates Christianity and was widespread throughout Western Europe. Sharing his extensive analysis of Germanic and Norse legends, as well as Roman, Celtic, and medieval literature, Lecouteux explores the ancient, intertwined history of dwarfs and elves.
He reveals how both were once peoples who lived in wild regions as keepers of the secrets of nature. They were a part of the everyday life of our ancestors before they were transformed by fairy tales and church texts into the mythical creatures we know today.
6X9 H/B, 250 pp., B&W Illus.