A recurring trait of Faerie is the altered passage of time, and in this story, the little girl who wanders across its borders returns to a family she does not recognize. There is usually a sense of bereavement--that is, sadness and loss--and the person is deeply changed.
"Such wise children do not grow to age," says the child's grandmother, who has no knowledge of her enchanted origin, "they are too good for this world; the child, besides, is beautiful beyond nature, and will never find its proper place on Earth."
Though Faerie is dangerous, the peril that resonates most deeply is the dissatisfaction for the world upon one's return. At its essence, the longing-for-something-that-is-lost is universal. Fairy stories offer us a glimpse into that which we are missing. The best ones go a step further and attempt to communicate the missing itself.
The Elves is pretty good for that. Enjoy.
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