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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Migration of European Mythology.

'Night Elf Warrior' by Jim Murray


'Drow of Praxirek' by Francis

While researching for writing, I realised that elves, goblins, dwarves and other mythological creatures (to some folk) appear copiously in written work from the UK and other European cultures. However, though it seems that these creatures made it to the US and Canada, they do not appear in that form elsewhere in the World. Other cultures have their own mythologies and collective 'other' folk but not the European version.

'Dark Elves Ambush in Forest'   Artist unknown.

Are the US and Canada the 'West' that elves went to or did these countries gain their population of fairytale creatures by the simple expedient of the 'other' folk hitching a lift?

'Blood Elf  3'   Artist unknown.

Although Australia's recent immigration started off with European people, the mythology did not follow. 
Why?
By the time the eighteen hundreds came around, had the strength of the mythology dwindled? Not so in the UK as a lot of the writing of the Victorian era romanticized elves and their ilk. Why did the US manage to have a similar healthy mythology but not Australia and the rest of the world?

'Bramblewood Paragon'  by the most excellent Jim Murray
I realise that every culture has its own mythology of appropriate spirits and beings but the mystery for me is how the elves and others arrived in North America.

      Question: (and I would appreciate feedback.)                       

Do the myths and legends surrounding elves, written prior to the discovery of America, talk about elves sailing to and from the 'West'?

'Drow of the Underdark' by Francis
 
'The Fold', an entertaining, offbeat, sometime dark contemporary novel I wrote complete with elves, vampyres, trolkin, wolfkind and and of course - a Champion,  is now available as an ebook from Amazon.com

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