I was sitting, minding my own business while doing a crossword when the following clue flew out and struck me square on the nose. Pixie. I looked at the grid. The answer had three letters. Surely it couldn’t be? Could it? I worked out the answers around it. And Yes. The answer was Elf. But surely, it couldn’t be??? Elves are not Pixies and Pixies are not elves! I am sure somewhere in the elvish community there is an uprising, and mutiny is being threatened in Pixie households across the world. How could one ignorant crossword producer commit such a heinous crime??!
So I did a little investigation, and yes, there is a difference between pixies and elves. First of all, they come from different countries – Elves are Norwegian and thought to be race of divine or semi-divine beings. Pixies are English and thought to be Celtic in nature. So perhaps there is a link there… but very tenacious.
Elves are classified as Mythical beings, Pixies are fairies or sprites (although they have been linked to Mythical beings as well)
Pixies are distinctly English, whereas Elves have been used in Scandinavia, the US and Germany.
Elves are linked to Christmas – Pixies are linked to naughtiness and mischief. They are such different creatures, it seemed a crime against mythical creatures to try and lump them together!
The moral of my rambling story? Doing some basic research could save an international and intermythical incident of large proportions.