The Elf And The Dormouse

    Many enchanting tales are told about elves and fairies. E'er wonder how umbrella's came to be? Read on and learn the secret. Pssst - there is a secret garden here, too! Can you find it?

    Gnome illustrations by Rien Poortvliet

    Under a toadstool crept a wee Elf,
    Out of the rain, to shelter himself.

    Under the toadstool sound asleep,
    Sat a big Dormouse all in a heap.

    Trembled the wee Elf, frightened, and yet
    Fearing to fly away lest he get wet.

    To the next shelter - maybe a mile!
    Sudden the wee Elf smiled a wee smile,

    Tugged till the toadstool toppled in two.
    Holding it over him, happily he flew.

    Soon he was safe home, dry as could be.
    Soon woke the Dormouse - "Good gracious me!

    "Where is my toadstool?" loud he lamented.
    ~ And that's how umbrellas first were invented.

    Did you know . . .?
    Fairies dance in circles and their music lures humans to them. Once inside, what seems like minutes could actually be several days or years, and a human cannot escape unless a human from the outside pulls the person out. The rings may also be comprised of mushrooms. If one should stumble into it they would be taken to the fae realm!

    Fairy mounds exist in both the human world and the Fairy world simultaneously. In our world they look like green manmade hills; "hollow hills" which sometimes open to provide passage to the "Otherworld." The Elves of legend were thought to have great halls beneath these barrows. These Elven dwellings were collectively called, "Underhill." Within the hollow hills great Courts of old were held with feasting and revelry. Mortals are sometimes taken into these underground estates, especially if they were thought to be a great Artist, Poet, or Musician. There, these mortals would not age a single day!

    Come inside with me!
    Do you like Hobbits?

    Did you find the secret garden? If not, go up and search again!

    This sweet one will take you back!


    Follow the cute couple below to read about 3 Little Gnomes!

    The Elf And The Dormouse by Oliver Herford.
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