Author; Claude Lecouteux

A comprehensive examination of the intertwined mythology, folklore, and literary history of the little people 

• Explores the pagan roots of dwarfs and elves and their evolution in myth and literature 
• Reveals the role the church played in changing them from fearless, shape-shifting warriors with magical powers into cheerful helpmates and cute garden gnomes 
• Traces their history from ancient Celtic and Germanic lore through their emergence in the literature of the Middle Ages to their modern popularization by the Brothers Grimm and Walt Disney