posted on Jul, 20 2008 @ 02:25 PM
I have a theory on this, and I hope you won't mind if I share it with you. In order to understand my theory, you'll have to accept a couple of
premises first (at least temporarily for the sake of understanding the theory).
1) There are other dimensions/universes which are not so much separated from ours by conventional physical space as they are by something else. Think
for example of the light spectrum. The visible light you can see is only one part of the spectrum; IR and UV light also exist at the same place and
time, but are not visible to you.
2) It is possible for doorways, portals, or 'rips' to occur which allow passage of beings (and possibly even other things like rocks or plants) from
one dimension to another. These may sometimes occur naturally, accidentally, or they may be created.
On to elves and other mythical beings, I see two possiblities:
1) There used to be (or possibly still is) a stable doorway between our universe and theirs, and periodically they come through into our world for
reasons unknown. Sometimes humans see them, and perhaps sometimes they interact with humans deliberately. As we acquire technology and become more
advanced, they become more afraid of us and conceal themselves. Or, the doorway closed at some point and that's why we don't see them any more. Said
doorway could be natural or they could have created it.
2) At some time in the past, a group of elves passed into our world accidentally. Not able to find a way back, they settled and were a large enough
group to reproduce and survive, for a while, after which the increasing human population probably caused their extinction.
Note that this same theory works equally well for dragons, dwarves, unicorns, goblins, faerie, brownies, Bigfoot, some 'alien' encounters, ghosts,
and UFOs, and may even (in my opinion) explain some Fortean phenomena such as rains of blood, mysterious disappearances of people, and alien animals
(think black panthers in England or chupacabras).
I tend to think that most myths and legends have a bit of fact hidden in them somewhere, and this is the simplest, most logical (to me) explanation I
could come up with for creatures which are mythological or legendary as well as some cryptids and other 'unexplainable' phenomena.
Alternatively, it could be just one - or a few - races of creature who can somehow change their appearance, and as we have advanced they have changed
how they appear to us. Modern man is much more likely to 'accept' seeing a UFO, an alien, or even a Bigfoot than an elf, dwarf, or dragon. Just my