Elves can be dated back to the 1500s, with a dash of magic and a sprinkling of mischief they have been a popular addition by authors from Shakespeare to Tolkien. Most recently, they took over every child’s Christmas wish list with the release of ‘Elf on the Shelf,’ Santa’s extra special scouts that reported back to the big man himself every night. So in recognition of all things Elf, the team at Care Fundraising Supplies have compiled a list of our favourite elves in popular culture.
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The most traditional elf in this list Puck is a mischievous spirit who serves Oberon, the Fairy Queen. Often considered the heart and soul of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (unfortunately there is no modern remake starring Leonardo DiCaprio), he is credited with holding together the fun and whimsical atmosphere of the play. Not too shabby for this mythical woodland creature.
Elf the Movie
The movie Elf, released in 2003 was a success for elves everywhere, making £220 million, which is pretty impressive considering it only cost £33 million to make. It was the feel-good movie of the Christmas season. A coming of age saga, it followed Will Ferrell (which in an interesting twist could have been Jim Carrey had he not turned down the role,) as he learnt he was actually a human. Inspiring a Broadway musical: Elf: the Musical as well as NBC’s television special Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, Elf: the movie was some pretty solid PR for Elves everywhere. In fact, it was so good that a sequel was in the works until Will Ferrell turned down $29 million dollars to be the star.
Iceland and their elves
Unsurprisingly Iceland takes its elves very seriously, although they call the critters Huddlefolk. Surveys suggest that almost half of native Icelanders believe that elves do actually exist, and in fact this steadfast belief has halted construction works. More than one project has been halted out of respect for our vertically challenged friends. Recently, work on the highway to link the Alftanes Peninsula to Gardabaer was halted as campaigners felt it would disturb a native habit. Now, in Good ‘Ol Blighty, we would probably politely laugh and get on with our day’s business, but in Iceland, the matter was only resolved when a mediator came to speak with the elves. After, what we can only assume, was a delicately handled discussion the elves were willing to move as long as their “chapel” ( a very big rock) was carefully moved.
Legolas is the perfect elf, if for no other reason than he is acted by the utter delectable and extremely delicious Orland Bloom. With long flowing hair and sparkling eyes, Legolas is the stud of the elfin word, their Brad Pitt if you will. With a keen sense of hearing, a royal heritage and an impressive sense of honour Legolas may not conform to the traditional elfin figure, but his presence is certainly important on the Elfin world scene.
Ah Dobby, everyone’s favourite elf. Misunderstood, maltreated and magnificent he is the first free elf to grace J.K Rowling’s Hogwarts landscape. Saving Harry’s life (and harming Lucius Malfoy in the process), he is an elf on a mission. Breaking every stereotype his diminutive stature.