What do you know about Santas little helpers, otherwise known as Elves? They are small, often wearing green and they make all the toys for Santa right? Well after doing a little bit of research on them what I discovered not only shocked me, but it changed the way I look at Elves forever. So I thought I would share with you just ten amazing facts about Elves that will blow your mind…
They Are All Owned By Disney
All elf costumes, images and films that show elves with beards are all based on the Dwarfs of the Disney film Snow White! Before that, all elves in paintings and images had bare faces.
They Are Not So Cute At All
When you think of Elves in films like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings you think of characters like Aegnor, Amarië, Amdír and the others, but in mythologies and literature elves looked more like the trolls and ogres of those films!
They Are a Work of Art
It was a painting from a US artist that first suggested Christmas elves or Santa’s little helpers. The painting showed them living in the North Pole, wearing red and green outfits and making toys.
They Live Forever!
In all folklore, modern mythologies and literature it is believed that elves are in fact immortal! Forever destined to stay young and child faced.
They Live Under Rocks!
Elves live under rocks in hills and walls and come out to play in the daylight, but even if mythology makes them sound a little scary you should know they are known to be mischievous at times but mostly not malevolent.
If You Think Male Elves Are Slaves…
Elves are not very politically correct at all. As in folklore, it is only the male elves that are ever seen because it is said that all the female elves stayed at home, underground and did the cooking and cleaning, never to see the light of day because it would kill them! Sounds more like slavery to me.
In all pre-1900’s folklore literature it is said elves are nothing more than fairies with a prepubescent look about them! They even had the same magic powers as a fairy but no wings.
They are All From India!
Elves seem to exist in more modern mythologies, like Germanic, Icelandic, and Scandinavian myths, but the truth is the oldest reference of elves is from Indian mythology!
Have You Ever Wondered Where The Good and Naughty List Come From?
According to Norse mythology elves were separated into good/light elves and bad/dark elves. Only the good ones were allowed outside.
They Were Once Feared!
Originally elves were thought to be divine or semidivine beings with magical powers! Not something to deliver presents, but to be feared!