“There is another world and it is this one.”
A Message from an “Awakened Elf”
Recently, I received a personal message on Facebook from someone I don’t know promoting a book, The Elves from Ancient Times to Our Days: The Magical Heritage of Starry People and Their Continuation into the Modern World. The full message is too long to reproduce here, but I will share a few excerpts from it.
The author describes the book as “a distinctive and comprehensive combination of both scientific and historical research along with also philosophical and esoterical discussions, dedicated to all elves: ancient and modern ones” which includes “the history, scientific origin, psychology, philosophy and life style [sic] of the elves, both in the past and present.”
The truth about elves, says the author, is that they are not just characters of fairy tales and legends, but “real persons who always have existed and never disappeared and continue to live among the common people in our days!” According to the author, The Elves from Ancient Times to Our Days is for those who have only started their acquaintance with elves and those who deny their existence, as well as for “the awakened elf”, among whom he counts himself.
The One Eyed Man is King
Reading about The Elves from Ancient Times to Our Days, I was conflicted. My first reaction–my gut reaction–was that this person had lost touch with reality and was possibly suffering from a mental disorder–being benignly delusional, at least. This is probably how most non-Pagans would view the book.
But after some reflection, I recognized this possibly as an attempt at re-enchantment, or restoration of our sense of connection with the sacred and mysterious. If The Elves from Ancient Times to Our Days is indeed part of the project of re-enchanting a disenchanted world, then it is possible that the “awakened elf”, far from being insane, might actually be among a minority of sane people in an insane world. This is probably how most Pagans would view the book.
I wonder if perhaps both perspectives might be true.