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.

Pixies Vs Elves
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9 thoughts on “Pixies Vs Elves

  • October 10, 2010 at 9:45 am
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    I know, but Eoin Colfer may have already cornered this market!

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    • October 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm
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      Thanks for visiting my blog Karen.
      I think cross word puzzles get away with some very tenuous links sometimes. lol As for Eoin Coffer I’m afraid his writing is just way to masculine for me. I got bored with all the detailed description of the faeries’ hard core technology and their tendency to blow everything up. Not my thing. The fairies in my own novel have lots of sex and angst and romance instead.

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      • October 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm
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        I have an awesome idea for a story involving Fairies, and it is a romance, and action! Will have to see how it develops, It is in the pipeline – so to speak 🙂

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  • October 12, 2010 at 6:51 am
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    Well, in denmark, elves are linked to naughtiness and mischief and to christmas as well… but maybe that is just because we are an uninspired land that can’t handle too many mythical creatures… 😉

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    • October 12, 2010 at 7:41 am
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      I wouldn’t say uninspired – you have elves! What could be more inspiring than that?

      NZ has Taniwha – monsters of Maori origin, which are quite interesting. They tend to be mean creatures rather than naughty, mischievous or even helpful and kind.

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  • December 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm
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    Early Christmas’ for me happened in the 1960s. Pixies on the mantels, shelves and other unexpected places added to the mystery and magic of Christmas. Elves were those who were busy in Santa’s workshop; pixies watched to see if you “naughty or nice”.

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