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Elves, fairies, dwarves

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Frontier Sciences - Parapsychology
Article by Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Werner Schiebeler, published in the magazine 'Wegbegleiter' No. 4/2001, pp. 112-126.
Comments by the author are in [] brackets.

Are there any in our world?

Elves, fairies and dwarves in legend and fairy tales

When talking about elves, fairies and dwarfs, everyone first thinks of fairy tales and legends in which these beings are reported. Best known are probably the brownies of Cologne. The Konversationslexikon Brockhaus says: "Elves, real elves, singular eleven, in the Germanic saga and fairy tale figures of light, mediocre creatures between humans and gods in earth, water and air. Nordic mythology differentiates between the beautiful, friendly light elves and the ugly, evil dark elves, to which the dwarfs belong. Other types of elves are water (mermaids) and house spirits. The idea of ​​an elf king is in the name Alberich (-rich = king), also in the Elverkonge of the Danish folk ballad, which Herder as Ellerkonge, Erl (en) König understands.
A book about "German folk tales"(Magnus Verlag, Vienna undated) reports in the chapter 'The Elves': "In the waters around the North Sea coasts, around Friesland and between the Elbe estuary and Heligoland, one often sees swimming eggshells. The Elves drive around in these They often come to the surface in water bubbles over fish-free ponds, but they also live in small hills, which are called in Brabant Alvinnen Hill, there the old word here Alf, Eleven, Elbe only in Alfin, Alvinne has converted. As small as the Elven appearance is, so great is her power. Nothing suggests this better than the great, mighty river at whose exit into the sea they live and which bears their name, the Elbe. There is probably a deeper meaning in this, as the mightiness of the natural spirit, in the smallest as well as in the greatest, banished the old mythical wisdom in runic magic in the German language. "
In the German fairy tales, the dwarfs are usually portrayed as helpful beings (see the brownie). In the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale "Die Wichtelmänner" there is a story of a poor shoemaker, who at night little pixies, whom he could also observe at their activities, completed the work he had begun (Fig. 1). To thank them for their help, the shumemaker's wife made clothes for the creatures, which she laid out for them in the evening as a reward. These were happily attracted by the previously unclothed elves, and the fairy tale says: "Then they jumped and danced, jumped over chairs and benches. Finally they danced out the door. From now on they did not come back. But the shoemaker was okay as long as he lived, and everything he undertook was successful. "

A child is watching a dwarf

Well, legends and fairy tales often contain historical truth kernels that have been embellished like fairy tales by folk poetry. Is that also the case with the elves and dwarves?
Again and again you come across people who say that at some point in their life, or some of them often, they have noticed or observed small, non-terrestrial beings. Some say that they have moved into quarters in their garden, for example. I know several such people, including three who are strongly medial and can perceive not only such elemental beings, but also deceased people at certain times in a visionary way.
A first report was given to me by Dr. Wolfgang Eisenbeiss from St. Gallen (Switzerland), born in 1932, written down in 1981. It reads: "I was about five years old, around 1937. Even today I can show you exactly where I was standing in the garden together with my sister Judith, who was 20 months older, when suddenly I was about 30 meters away on one Elevation saw a dwarf. He was dressed in red and blue, with a pointed cap, but I can't remember the color distribution. Said elevation is located in a small wood. The dwarf was equipped with a spade and seemed to be digging It was noticeable that it was smaller than that of 'ordinary' people, which is why I immediately doubted that this figure would be our home gardener Keel could be. Also wore mr Keel always a black pointed cap, while the dwarf figure wore a colored cap (red or blue). At least I thought: 'Call him once, you'll see.' And so I shouted loudly: 'Mr. Keel!' This call caused the dwarf to quit his work as quickly as possible and run down the hill about one meter high so that I could no longer see him.
My sister, whom I had just called and reminded her of the incident, told me that she had not seen this dwarf herself, but that she was so impressed or infected by my (then) determination that she was not sure whether whether or not she saw the figure. In any case, we both went straight to the place where the dwarf had 'worked' - but there was nothing to be seen, not even any traces. The incident occurred in our former garden in Steinach am Bodensee.
The experience left such a lasting impression on me that even today, 45 years later, I can see everything as clearly as if it were yesterday. This fact is not refuted by the fact that I no longer know whether the pants were blue and the smock red, or vice versa. It is precisely such confusing details that are often no longer known immediately after having experienced something. "
In the decades that followed, Dr. Eisenbeiss had other individual, sometimes important, paranormal experiences, including no new encounters with dwarfs.

Night visits from goblins

The following report was sent to me in writing on January 30, 1996 by Mr. Michael Haack from Hagen in Westphalia. He first describes that even as a child he occasionally noticed a non-terrestrial entity in his bedroom, partly standing and partly sitting. Later, at the age of about 50, he again noticed a being on the balcony in front of his bedroom, which made an extremely threatening and dangerous impression on him. Later it also ran through his bedroom, often pausing for a long time and just watching him. The room was often very bright, so that Herr Haack had the impression that the light was being switched on. But this light did not have the brightness of lamplight, but looked more like bright moonlight.
The important experiences in this context took place in September 1995. Mr. Haack reports: "My wife Ilona (49 years old) and I (54 years old) went on vacation in the south of France, namely in Narbonne-Plage, near Narbonne. During this time I was constantly visited by three beings who looked around 50 years old. They wore dark clothes that gave the impression of coats. They stood in the attic room under the sloping ceiling, so they were only 150 to 165 cm tall They just stood there and just watched me. These apparitions came back every night. They were not very clearly visible. Nevertheless, I recognized the 'features' of one of them. He looked grim, had a long, dark coat on looked like a winter coat. He in particular posed a 'threat', the others less so. I only 'saw' the creatures at night. When I switched on the light, they were no longer visible.
Since these beings just stood there, did not move, they gradually bothered me so much that I asked God to take them away. From one minute to the next they disappeared and have not come back to this day.
A few days later, something happened that my wife and I experienced as the same and easily recognizable apparition. We slept in separate rooms. One night my wife noticed a 'goblin' appearance in the next room. This 'goblin' danced and fidgeted on or over her bed and made faxes and grimaces. My wife immediately prayed, and at the same moment this being disappeared through the window.
Obviously afterwards the being came to me and sat on the windowsill. It must have been the next time, as we discovered the next morning when we were talking about this experience.
This being (Mr. Haack later recorded it in drawings, see Figure 2) had a pear-shaped head. It was probably wearing a pointed hat, possibly a pointed cap or a felt hat with a tassel on top. The head gave the impression of belonging to a slightly thinner boy. He had a wide mouth and pointed teeth, a normal thin neck and a normal proportioned thin body. The arms and legs, however, were thin and slender, the fingers somewhat longer than those of a normal person. I also had the impression that the creature was wearing tight-fitting clothing. The color of the being was yellow / green, everything including the clothing.
The being behaved very lively. It fidgeted, grinning at me broadly so that its mouth looked overly wide. The ears appeared to be pointed in shape. Although it was sitting on the windowsill, it still fidgeted, sat there for a few seconds and looked at me lovingly and sincerely. There was absolutely no sense of danger from him. Everything made the impression that it was just curious and wanted to take a look at us humans, possibly fooling or frightening something. The creature was no more than a meter tall.
Since I was still a little annoyed by the other three ghost apparitions, I chased the 'goblin' away with a wave of the hand and the expression that it should disappear. Then he disappeared in a flash and with a howling sound I know from New Year's howls.
The next morning I talked to my wife about these experiences. We both believe that it was one and the same being. It should also be mentioned that my wife has also had occasional 'ghost encounters' for about five years.
If one should assume that I am something crazy or have a lively imagination, then I describe myself as very skeptical and still do not believe everything I hear or see. I also believe that I am perfectly able to distinguish truth from falsehood and dream from reality. This may have to do with the fact that I have been meditating for a long time and have always been surrounded by the paranormal. "

Dwarf encounter in the forest

Ms. G. F. from Augsburg in Germany reported the following experience to me: She was in Karlsbad for a cure in August 1994. During a walk that she took alone in the forest, she approached a place where rounded stones lay on top of one another in an area of ​​about 3 m by 5 m. Suddenly she heard a faint giggle, and as she watched the noise, she saw a group of "dwarfs" at a distance of eight to ten meters, busily moving around the stones. In doing so, they partially disappeared from sight when they walked behind and between the stones and then reappeared. In this way, three to five beings remained visible to them at a time. Their size was about 60 to 70 cm. They looked stocky, masculine in appearance and were dressed in greenish-brown clothes, including a pointed hat. Ms. F. was unable to observe any particular activity of the dwarfs. But she was carefully examined by them. After about a quarter of an hour the dwarfs disappeared. Ms. F. did not get closer to her in order not to worry or distress her. Apart from this event, Ms. F. also had other paranormal experiences and has healing abilities.
With these three experience reports, it cannot be decided whether the perceived "dwarf appearances" consisted of earthly flesh and blood and therefore could have been touched, or whether they were visionary, paranormal perceptions of subtle beings. They didn't leave any material traces, e.g. the dwarf with the shovel wasn't in the Eisenbeiss family's garden. In the following case it is the other way around. Only the traces could be observed and photographed by me, but the person who caused it could not be observed directly.

Enigmatic footprints in a painter's workshop

The following happened: On March 27, 1991, in the evening at 8:35 p.m., the painter Ernst Brandt from Baindt, a town 7 km north of Ravensburg, called me by phone and told me that in his painting workshop a few weeks ago and again today On the day of the lunch break, very strange footprints appeared from the bare feet of a small child. Nobody in his family could explain how it came about, since a small child, and certainly not barefoot, had never come into his workshop. He asked me if I would not even look at it and give an explanation. It should be mentioned here that the wife of the painter and his 26-year-old daughter, a doctor's assistant, had attended my lecture on parapsychology and parapsychophysics at the Ravensburg University of Applied Sciences. So the family knew that there are sometimes strange and inexplicable things going on in our world.
The next morning, equipped with two photo cameras and a ruler, I went to the painter's workshop. The Brandt family lived in a two-story, detached house with an attached, ground-level painter's workshop. Mr. Brandt ran the painting business with his two sons, 18 and 25 years old. Two stacks of wooden doors had long been stored in a corner of the workshop (Figs. 3 and 4). Immediately before that, sanding work, especially on car doors, was often carried out. As a result, a thick layer of dust had settled on the wooden doors.
About three weeks earlier it had been noticed by chance that on the left pile a track of bare "children's feet" had been created quite diagonally from right front to left back (pictures 5 and 6). It was the imprint of nine right and nine left feet. Nobody could explain the origin. Nobody had seen a child in the workshop who, considering the small size of the footprints, should have been younger than six months, i.e. actually not yet able to walk. In addition, the season was still very cold. No one would have thought of walking around barefoot. The matter was left to rest for now. You were surprised, but you didn't wipe your footprints away and watched the doors to see if there were any more traces.
On March 27, the situation was still unchanged in the morning when the workshop was closed for lunch at noon. When the workshop was unlocked again at 2 p.m., a new lane could be seen on the left stack of doors, this time across from left to right, four left and four right footprints each (Fig. 7). In terms of shape, they came from the same feet that had caused the first trace about three weeks earlier. This time the Brandt family was extremely astonished, especially since they were certain that no stranger could have entered the locked workshop at lunchtime, because all the windows had also been closed.
When I visited the workshop on March 28, 1991, the following picture was presented: The footprints were easy to see with the eye, but not very well represented in black-and-white photographs due to the slight difference in contrast with the dusty surroundings (pictures 5 to 7). The foot length of the prints averaged about 9.5 cm. The left footprints were a little longer than the right ones. The traces were those of bare, barefoot feet. But were they children's feet? The daughter of the family, who was a doctor's assistant, immediately pointed out to me that these were not prints of children's feet, but of reduced adult feet. She saw enough children's feet in her work. Small children did not have arched feet, but still had pronounced flat feet. These footprints here already showed a pronounced arching of the foot. The greatly elongated big toes were also noticeable. This is also not seen in young children.
Two grandchildren of my own were available to me as comparison objects. The younger, 6 months and 13 days old and 66 cm tall, had a foot length of 10 cm (Fig. 8), so it was pretty much the same as the prints on the doors. The print does not yet show any arching of the foot. The older grandchild, both female, was 5 years and 4 months old, 128 cm tall and had a foot length of 17 cm (Fig. 9). The already pronounced arching of the foot is noticeable here. Incidentally, the two footprints are not running tracks, but I put the feet myself on the surface with the utmost care and then lifted them off again in order to get good prints.
In the case of the footprints in the painter's workshop, it is also noticeable that several of them have a central dark stripe. This is an accumulation of dust. This occurs when the air flows together under the sole of the foot when the foot is lifted off quickly, taking the dust with it.I was able to create similar structures with my own bare hand when laying on and quickly taking off. The fact that there is no black dust line on the first left footprint in Figure 5 indicates that the first step was carried out very carefully and therefore the foot was only slowly lifted off. The air flow speed was therefore too slow to be able to carry away the dust. So real, material feet must have created these tracks. But who did they belong to and where did they come from? It must have been a very small creature, no more than 60 to 70 cm tall. Maybe a dwarf? But how did it get onto the 48 cm high pile in the first place? A midget would not have been able to do this without a ladder. And where was the diagonal track that ends between a cardboard box and an insulating mat roll? It couldn't have continued normally there. Did it go through the wall or did it vanish into thin air? Question after question. I consider a normal earthly production of the footprints to be impossible. There is no such thing as a suitable human being, and if it had existed, it would not have been able to get into the workshop unnoticed. So we have to see the whole thing as a paranormal event without being able to give the background. But who or what wanted to attract attention there and give a sign of its existence? We don't know for sure, but we can conclude from the paranormal observations of other witnesses that they were dwarf beings. To this day, January 2001, there has not been a similar process in the workshop or in the family. It was two isolated events.
I asked the Brandt family in detail about possible incidental circumstances. The family, consisting of the parents and three adult children, made a normal, realistic and not exaggerated impression. There were no family tensions. A family K lived on the first floor of the house. The husband Franz K. had committed suicide in June 1988 at the age of about 37 due to marriage difficulties. He drove his car into the woods, put a hose from the exhaust pipe into the car and poisoned himself. Forest workers found him later. He left behind his wife and a then two-year-old child who had now turned five in 1991. The woman continued to live with the child and now a friend in the Brandt family home. But the child never came to the workshop and was by now much too big for the footprints. There were no children in the neighborhood either, not even deceased, who could have been considered for the footprints.

Elves could be photographed

In one case, elf-like entities could be photographed. And that had the following reason: In May 1920 an Englishman named Edward L. Gardner, who was a man with parapsychological knowledge and at the same time known for his interest in paranormal photography, received two photos in the mail from a friend (3, p. 15) . These showed pictures of elves (pictures 10 and 11). In a cover letter, the friend asked for Gardner's opinion. The friend had mentioned elves in a lecture, and a woman had approached him afterwards and asked if he thought that elves really existed. If he accepted, the woman said, two photographs that her daughter would have taken could be real, although she and her husband had not yet believed them.
Gardner did not find these photos very credible at first, and he replied that no examination would be possible without the presentation of the negatives. Gardner felt he would never hear from the matter again.
A few days later he received two plate negatives in the mail from a Mrs. Wright in Cottingley, near Bradford, with the explanation that her daughter Elsie had taken the pictures in a mountain gorge near the house where the family lived. Otherwise the letter contained no further information.

Examination of the images for counterfeiting

Gardner took the negatives to a photographer named Snelling, who had been recommended to him as a photomontage specialist (Photographer and Enlarger. The Bridge, Wealdstone, Middx.). He examined the plates in the presence of Gardner and gave the following report on July 31, 1920 (3, p. 18): "Negatives of fairy photos. The two negatives are completely genuine, unadulterated photographs from a single exposure Show all fairy figures. There is no trace of studio work including paper or cardboard models, dark backgrounds, painted figures, etc. In my opinion, both are real, unretouched photographs. "
Gardner then had the negatives examined by Kodak. There the investigators expressed themselves in the following way: The negatives are only exposed once and show no traces of retouching, photomontages and the like. But this cannot be regarded as conclusive proof of authenticity. The images could also have been produced fraudulently in some way, even if that was very difficult and time-consuming. For example, you have to photograph the girls in front of the background, then enlarge the picture greatly, then paint the elves on by hand and photograph the whole thing again.

Investigations on the spot

Gardner next drove to the Wright family in Cottingley near Bradford and learned the following story: In July 1917, Mrs. Wright's sister, Mrs. Griffiths, lived with her ten year old daughter Frances with the Wright family. The Wrights also had a daughter, Elsie, 13 years old. These two girls spent most of their time in a ravine behind the apartment building. They then told repeated stories of elves they met in the ravine and with whom they played. The parents thought it was their imagination and teased the children with their elves. Finally Elsie suggested to her father, who was the manager of a small estate nearby, that he lend her his camera to take pictures. The father laughed about it at first and didn't want to waste a photo plate. But at his daughter's insistence, he explained how to operate the machine and sent her off with him. The girls were back in less than an hour. In the afternoon the father developed the plate and saw the picture (10). However, he and his wife did not believe the picture was real and looked for scraps of paper in their room and in the ravine in the absence of the girls, because they believed the figures must have been painted. But they found nothing of the kind.
In September 1917 a second picture was taken of the girls (Fig. 11). After that, however, the camera was no longer lent to her (3, p.21), and the negatives were put aside in a cupboard.
Gardner now went into the gorge with his daughter Elsie and had the location shown and explained to them. The cousin Frances was no longer there. It was decided to try further recordings. To this end, cousin Frances was to return to Cottingley for her vacation in August 1920, and both girls, now 13 and 16 years old, were to make new recordings. In addition, two good plate cameras were bought and two dozen plates, which the photo dealer had previously marked with a sign only known to him in the darkroom.
Because of the extremely rainy weather, only three pictures could be taken during the 14 vacation days (pictures 12 to 14). They were again greatly enlarged in order to discover signs of the structure of paper or canvas. But nothing of the kind could be found.

Help through a clairvoyant medium

In the next year, in August 1921, further recordings should be attempted. Gardner asked a clairvoyant friend named Hodson to go with him to Cottingley and watch the elves there with the girls. All three could make concurring observations, which are reproduced in Gardner's book. It turned out that Mr. Hodson was far more clairvoyant and more experienced in this than the children. He noticed that the ravine was teeming with the most varied forms of elemental life. It "saw" not only forest elves, fairies, gnomes, goblins and water nymphs, but also the rare undines (Water spirits) how they swam around in the creek.
For example, Hodson describes the forest elves observed by the three people on August 12, 1921 (3, p. 37): "Cottingley, in the forest under an old beech tree. Two tiny forest elves ran across the ground past us as We sat on a fallen log. When they saw us, they stopped for a moment about five feet away. They paused, looking at us with extraordinary amusement but fearlessly. They appeared to be complete with a tight, one-piece The hands and feet were too big in relation to their bodies. Their legs were somewhat thin, the ears were large, rather pear-shaped and pointed upwards. The noses appeared pointed and their mouths wide. As far as I could see could see, there were no teeth or other structures in her mouth, and not even a tongue. It was as if the whole thing was jelly out of one piece (of a piece of jelly) was made. Like an ethereal double, this was surrounded as a physical form by a greenish light, somewhat similar to a chemical vapor. (Chlorine gas would look like this). When Frances appeared and sat down a foot away from them, they went away, terrified, to a distance of about eight feet. Wherever they stopped, they obviously observed us and exchanged their impressions with each other. These two live in the roots of a large beech tree. They disappeared into a crevice, through which they passed like a cave, and thus sank into the ground. "
On Tuesday, August 16, in the evening at 10:00 p.m., in the light of a small photographic lamp, they observed the following (3, p. 39): "Elsie sees a ring of fairies tripping around in a circle, holding each other's hands and that Face turned outwards. Then a figure appears in the center of the ring and at that moment the fairies turn their faces inwards.
A group of goblins (goblins) comes running towards us from the forest to a distance of 15 feet. They differ somewhat from the forest elves in that they look more like gnomes, although they are smaller and about the size of little brownies (Brownies) exhibit.
Elsie sees a wonderful fairy very close. She is naked with golden hair and kneels in the grass, looks over at us with her hands on her knees and smiles at us. She has a beautiful face and focuses her gaze on me. This figure came within five feet of us, and disappeared after it presented itself. "
So much for a short excerpt from Gardener's seven-page descriptions of the clairvoyant perceptions of Elsie, Frances and Hodson. Photographs were not taken this year. It is possible that the girls already had insufficient paranormal abilities to do this. Clairvoyance is one thing and the ability to generate paranormal photos is another. They don't have to be automatically linked to each other. And paranormal abilities in children often disappear with the onset of puberty. In later years no more recordings were attempted because Frances was from South Africa and did not come to England.

Ghost photography

Gardner has assumed in his approach and his assessment that the elven apparitions were not beings made of earthly flesh and blood and could therefore not be seen by everyone. Due to the paranormal tendencies of the two girls, they could see them clairvoyantly and even be photographed. This type of mediumistic photography is also called Ghost photography designated. Soon after the invention of photography (Louis Daguerre 1837) it became clear that photographers with a media inclination could sometimes "photograph" the deceased in their photos, although not specific deceased, but often relatives of living earthly people who died next to unknown figures that have just been photographed. The first to notice this "ability" in 1862 was the engraver William H. Mumler (died 1884). According to him, this property was also shown in numerous other so-called photo media. Opponents of everything paranormal have always called it a fraud (like Cottingley's pictures), but in the vast majority of cases a deception through photomontage was not at all possible. An example should clarify this. In the years around 1935, a materialization medium and ghost photographer by the name of was active in the spiritualist camp Wonewoc in the state of Wisconsin (U.S.A) Clarence Britton. He was a man in his late 50s at the time. He had attached a black cloth to an outer wall of the house, and in front of it he sat his customers who wanted to be photographed by him. As a rule, he did not know these customers at all. Nevertheless, after the photo plate was exposed and its development, the heads of deceased relatives and acquaintances often appeared, as well as the faces of unknown people. Under these circumstances, the teacher left around 1935 Lenice Quick of Fennemore, Wisconsin from Clarence Britton photograph. On the developed image (Fig. 15) you can see them framed by six other heads. The three lower heads represent her deceased father, an aunt and her father-in-law from left to right. The upper three heads belong to unknown people. At least the father and aunt are reproduced extremely clearly and therefore easily identifiable for the teacher. The photographer had no way of getting photos from the dead woman's lifetime from the teacher, whom he did not know. In addition, he photographed dozens of people a month, for all of whom he should have prepared suitable pictures of the deceased. This is an impossibility and shows how absurd the allegations of fraud are. Many thousands of such "ghost photographs" have been taken by a wide variety of photographers since 1862, and many of them have been published.

The fight against the elven photographs

But back to the elf photos of Cottingley. The first major publication about it took place at the end of November 1920 by the well-known crime writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the widespread magazine "Beach"This made the matter known around the world, caused a sensation and called the opponents of everything paranormal on the scene. In the following decades until 1981 journalists and television companies tried again and again to get to the secret and get Elsie and Frances to tell The sequence of events is detailed in the book by R. Krauss (6) on pages 191 to 193. It was not until 1981 that the journalist Frances Joe Cooper, who is now 77 and 74 years old, succeeded To put an alleged confession in the mouths of old Elsie and Frances that they had drawn the elven figures on sturdy paper, cut them out and fixed them in the grass with hat pins. They would have used a drawing (Fig. 16) from a book published around 1915 as a template Claim is so adventurous and technically impossible that it can be seen as further evidence of the authenticity of the photos s very unlikely that 10- and 13-year-olds would have owned a recently published book of poetry without their parents knowing about it. Second, children as young as these cannot make such complicated drawings in the same quality as the photos show. Thirdly, you should see any wrinkles or creases in the paper on the photos, because paper cannot be set up in the open air when it is absolutely smooth. Fourth, it is completely impossible to use hat pins to fix the not very stiff paper figures in the open air. The parents checked the children's room for scraps of paper and found nothing. Such extensive drawings cannot be made in half an hour and without leftovers. And why should the children have done that in the first place? Just to annoy or fool the parents? You couldn't expect half the world to find out about it at some point.
But despite the absolute unbelievability and technical impossibility of this alleged confession, it was circulated, believed and even made it into parapsychological magazines around the world. This is how the German magazine printed esotera in volume 5/1983 an article under the title: "The fairies of Sir Conan Doyle. 76-year-old admits youth prank with fake fairy photos". On May 19, 1983, I wrote to the editorial staff of esotera I sent a letter to the editor with accompanying images in which I stated the alleged confession as completely inaccurate. The letter to the editor was printed in issue 6 in abbreviated form and without the essential picture, but not nearly as conspicuously as the previous "confession". Even people today who are benevolent towards parapsychology think that the Cottingley pictures have long been exposed as a fake.Nobody then bothered to read up the original literature and check whether a forgery in the manner indicated would have been possible at all.

A dwarf appears in a Hungarian castle

Arthur Graf Seherr Thosz reports another dwarf experience in Psychic Studies (the leading German parapsychological journal of the century before last), XVI. Year, January issue 1889, p. 16: "The deceased Baron Ballassawho is the castle and the reign Köke owned in Hungary, was a man of extremely phlegmatic temperament. He preferred to be interested in his books. The castle library room was his favorite place to stay. Balassa often visited me at the time when my family and I lived on the shores of Lake Geneva and he, too, had established himself there. On such occasions he often spoke to me of the gray little man whom he had seen many times in the library room. It was barely three feet high (so about 1 m), had an old face and wore medieval clothing. The dwarf jumped out of one of the walls or out of the bookcases, walked around the room for a quarter of an hour without bothering to read Balassa to take care of, and then disappeared as wonderfully as it had come. Had to address him Balassa never tried. With his phlegm he was not bothered by the funny appearance in reading. "- This example fits well with the footprints I examined in the painter's workshop, which end in front of a wall. The creature that caused the tracks either has to be there dissolved or walked through the wall.

Media reports about elves and gnomes

Reports of elves and gnomes also occasionally come to us from the other world. So published in 1965 and 1979 in the Christian Spiritualist weekly of the Spiritual Lodge Zurich "Spirit world", Arthur Brunner Verlag, in each case longer treatises of spiritual beings, which differ through the medium Beatrice Brunner (1910 - 1983) announced and reported about the elven kingdom. So there was a spirit being that Lene named the following description on October 20, 1965, which I am giving here in extracts (Geistige Welt Nr. 48, p. 382): "We have seen that you are happy and particularly interested when someone tells you about another world, me mean the realm of the gnomes, elves and fairies. Relatively little you know about this little ghost people. We try rather to enlighten you about what is of use to your soul. We want to give you an insight into this spiritual world, and you should also be informed about it Life in this divine sphere.
Well, the gnomes, elves and fairies are three different groups and are sometimes assigned to different stages of development. I already explained that they were also involved in the ghost fall, but that does not mean that all these little beings have fallen away and now have to take part in the ascent. So it's only a small part. Many of these wonderful fairies and elves are in the world of God in the various high levels, as are the gnomes. They all look different from what you imagine.
I would like to describe these gnomes to you. This gnome people - as I would like to call them - are on the one hand very helpful, on the other hand they are also very quarrelsome among their kindreds. They put themselves at the service of people, and you will hear why later, but I would still like to talk about the special features of their lives. They can be found in forests, in stables and any house; i.e. that is perhaps too much said, they go to those houses whose residents they like. They never stay where people are repugnant to them. So you are in the woods, with animals, in stables and barns, in the open field and in the mountains. You are on the water, in the gardens, in the bushes. They also have their shelters that they build themselves according to the tastes they own. Some are demanding, others undemanding. They exercise with humans or animals an activity that has been assigned to them by the higher spiritual world. -
I am now talking about the elves. They are made differently. While the gnomes don't look particularly beautiful, they also wear very brightly colored clothes. These gnomes love the colorful. The fairies, on the other hand, are created differently. They are as different from the elves as they are from the gnomes. The elves prefer particularly beautiful gardens. They would definitely not stay in the barn because - so they think - they were not born to be too posh. They are really beautiful and, for your terms, difficult to describe: delicately structured, small in stature, but everything about them is noble.
These elven people also have their job. The elves also prefer very special places. They also claim a very special Odstrom. They feel most at home where flowers spread their scents. They love all flowers, the flowers in the fields as well as those in the well-tended gardens. They also stay in greenhouses. They love the beautiful and claim to be born only for the beautiful.
These elves make music on their small instruments and enjoy life with them. You will delight the world of small animals. They play music in the gardens they have chosen. This is where they usually set up their apartments. When the beautiful season changes, they escape the uncomfortable atmosphere and then look for another place where they find it nice to live, where their delicate, fragrant and lively clothes match the atmosphere. -
Child-loving elves also very often go to the children's playgrounds and hang out there. They also visit sick children in their rooms, and when flowers have been set up there, they prepare their apartment in the colorful bouquet. You must also have your little instrument with you to play to the sick child. Well, this music can only very rarely be heard by the child. But there are small children who are still to some extent connected with the previous spiritual life and who can hear the fine music and see these small beings. But this only happens in rare cases, but these elves fulfill a task with the sick child. "- This is only a small excerpt from the very extensive description of the spirit being Lene.

Perception of the sensitive

At the beginning I reported about people who were able to perceive elven or gnomish (dwarf) beings once or a few times. I am consciously speaking of perceive and not from "see"in the earthly-physical sense by means of electromagnetic light waves. These beings, if they exist, are not members of our coarse material world, but belong to another form of existence, which we can even photograph in special cases. But there are also people who the elves can perceive constantly. They have a special gift that we call clairvoyance or special sensitivity. One such sensitive is the healer now living in the USA Dora van Gelder. She has written a book (5) about her ability and reports in it (5, p. 14): "Many people are willing and even long to believe in the existence of elves. These little beings are so close to happy memories linked to childhood, that one remembers it with joy of a less materialistic world. But for most of us they mean a lost paradise; fortunately not for all. I have been able to perceive nature spirits as long as I can remember and I see them continue every day. Many others feel the same way here as me See speak, I mean that they surround me like trees and I perceive them just as objectively as they do.
I will try to show you the reality of these wonderful beings on the following pages. It should first be best to explain why I have some favorable prerequisites in this context. Since I was born in the Far East, no one discouraged me from my observations of the elven kingdom, for there are many clairvoyant people there - and many more who believe in elves. For these and other reasons, I have retained my gift of clairvoyance, which is not unusual for children. I was also lucky enough to be born into a family and to have friends who also had this ability. Traveling has increased this number of friends. So everything I have written in this book does not spring from the imagination of an isolated child. It is information that I received through the many contacts and conversations with nature spirits all over the world, which came about under completely natural, albeit unusual, circumstances.
You can communicate with these beings almost exactly as we humans do - almost the same way. The method that I would like to briefly describe differs slightly from our type of communication, it is faster than language and, to a certain extent, represents a direct exchange of ideas.
It is important to mention these things. If we look at the world through the eyes of the elves, the view opens into a new universe. Many things to which we attach importance seem meaningless to them. For example, life and death are normal for them and have nothing to do with uncertainty and tragedy. Man evades life and fears death. However, elves use life energy in all things. We live in a world of matter without grasping the life force behind matter. We equate the loss of form with the end of life, but elves feel very differently. They can teach us a powerful and memorable lesson.
Why are most people unable to perceive elves? The elves live in the same world as we do, but their bodies are less dense than ours and finer than the finest substance. I am convinced that the veil between us and you is extremely fine, so fine that almost anyone could penetrate it with a little effort. The difficulty lies in showing the way to this and, above all, in making it understandable to others. Perhaps the most important reason why they are beyond common perception is based on different views. If my notes can help to change one's own opinion in favor of the elven kingdom, this change will enable more and more people to perceive elves.
Of course, this is not all. A special sense must develop if people want to see elves. The world in which they live is inaccessible to our ordinary perception. You can neither touch nor feel it, but you can definitely see it. In fact, normal eyesight helps but is underdeveloped to be able to perceive them and see the light they emit. However, each of us possesses the latent disposition of finer vision, and a number of people - an amazing number of people - have already succeeded in developing it. The higher developed perception makes it possible to observe the peculiarities of the elven kingdom. Each of us has a strong sense of perception. We touch solid forms, the sense of taste provides information about liquids, and the sense of smell lets us notice smells and smells. Eyesight is more subtle, but that's not all. There is a special kind of vision called clairvoyance - clear vision. "
A few pages further (5, p. 18) says Dora van Gelder: "As for myself, I am able to see elves. I also see them with my eyes closed. In general, however, I do not close them as this is superfluous. In addition, normal eyesight helps to perceive details.

Different forms of life in the invisible world

I would like to note that in the invisible world, besides the elves, there are many different kinds of living beings and activities. It is not the intention of this book to report about the other beings. However, some of them are so closely linked to the life and work of the elves that I will mention them in due course.
So I have to explain that there are two important forms of life that are related to the elves and that are part of the natural kingdom. The elves are actually part of a great evolutionary line that runs parallel to the human evolutionary line. As is also the case for the human evolutionary line, it begins with some very primitive forms and developed into the elves, who themselves are at different stages of evolution. Its highest beings are those who are traditionally called angels (1) or devas. The elves are more or less related to the angels, just as the animal is to humans. Almost all elves, and many angels as well, are concerned with the processes of nature.
(5, p. 56) With the elves, the emotional level is in the foreground. For the most part, they instinctively direct their attention to things that are within their scope of duties. Instead of thinking, feeling plays a role in their lives. The whole world - and of course its body substance - is energy and sensation instead of logic and form. While we are concerned with the form and mastery of physical things, sensation takes first place with the elves. In general one can speak of positive feelings, but sometimes an elf may become rebellious, refuse to work, or argue with her neighbors.
(5, p. 57) Elves are not tied to a specific place or garden; now and then they change location. This is natural and easy for them. A garden owner who loves his trees and plants and possibly also develops a feeling for their inner life attracts these little beings much more than someone who shows indifference in them.
All elves like small children, young rabbits, cats, fish or trees. Youth exerts a special attraction on them; they feel connected to her in sympathy and zest for life. Children and all small, young beings and creatures behave very openly towards the elves.
Elves like young children, watch them with interest and delight, and even try to imitate their games. The same goes for young game and young rabbits. They are protected by the elves, and I think that many of these creatures are able to perceive them because they are closer to nature than we are and their powers of perception are not yet dulled. "
In several chapters, overwritten "Earth elves", "Garden elves", "Tree spirits", "Bergelfen", "Water elves", "Fire elves" and "Air elves"is how Dora van Gelder describes the different looks and characteristics of the various types of elves. This is how she reports on the Garden elves(5, p. 74): "Among the beings that populate the surface of the earth, the forest and garden elves - to which one also counts the tree spirits - belong to one of the most important species. To convey a small picture of their special characteristics, should it would be best to describe the members of each group: those of the garden elves and those of the wood elves.

Garden elves

There are different types of garden elves. The smallest of them is in the shape of a candle and looks quite feminine. They can be between 22 cm and 30 cm tall, with the head being quite long. Where the flame is by the candle, we see a human face here. The body is light apple green in color and the face is brownish. They have well-shaped legs and feet. These elves take care of small plants and flowers that grow on beds like lobelia, and small plants that grow in groups. They hardly react to other creatures and events that take place outside of their immediate world.
They have simple emotions but are able to feel affection or jealousy for or because of their plants and one another. There is a desire in them for new impressions, as it is through them that they are most likely to learn. Three or four of them can be seen floating in any beautiful garden.
Among the tulips and their related flowers we find an elf about 30 cm tall, more like humans than the 'Candle elf'and whose contours are surrounded by a delicate purple color. Some of them have like Fauns delicate, elongated faces. Just because of their tiny shape, the resemblance to humans is not too great. Since they're so thin, you'd think more of a caricature. Their limbs can be compared with those of humans, but here, too, the incompleteness of the hands and feet is noticeable. A variety of fingers and toes are observed, and sometimes their hands are more reminiscent of kitty's paws. Your figure is surrounded by a translucent, phosphorescent substance in beautiful shades of pink and pale purple.
There were some beautiful pansy beds in the garden we are talking about. Lovely, delicate, butterfly-like creatures hovered around them.They were tiny, only a few centimeters tall and almost had faces like the pansies themselves. Their body shape was reminiscent of a butterfly or a dragonfly. It was torpedo-like and narrower than the face.
The body and the head together result in a size of about 10 to 12 cm, of which the head is about 3 cm. Two wing-like structures arise at the neck, which extend over the whole body, but do not fulfill the function of wings, but serve solely for decorative purposes. The body and face are flesh-colored with delicate purple, purple, and purple tints. The wings are of a similar color and are brightly colored and shiny. In the invisible as well as in the visible world, community life plays a role, and wherever a flower bed is, you will not only meet butterflies, but also elves. - (5, p. 77) In a small, glassed-in greenhouse I came across elves of the butterfly type, which were 2 to 5 cm larger than the others of their kind, looked human-like, but otherwise showed no further differences.
Apparently these butterfly elves had specialized in accelerating the growth of the plants after a certain period of stay in the greenhouse. They are delicate and fine beings. "

Fantasy or reality?

So much for the excerpts from the presentations of the sensitive Dora van Gelder. The good-willed, but initially unbelieving reader of these reports should first let everything sink in and compare the various representations with one another. I mean, they complement each other and don't contradict each other. The Cottingley girls photographed winged elves, and Dora van Gelder describes similar ones. Beings with thin arms and legs and with pointed hats appear in all descriptions. As far as I am concerned, the clear perceptions of numerous people over the centuries cannot simply be brushed aside as a pipe dream. We have to come to terms with the fact that in addition to our material world there is not only a subtle world after death, but also a world of natural beings that is invisible to most people.
On August 8, 1996, the Southgerman newspaper No. 182, page 3, a single column 53 cm long report on the occurrence of elves in Iceland. The title was: “Iceland: Ingenious Research. The elf lives in number 84 “The report is relatively factual and not very ironic. The author writes that 53 percent of all Icelanders do not rule out the existence of elves, goblins and trolls. 5 percent state that they have already had encounters with elves. There is a PhD historian in Reykjavik called Magnus Skarphédinsson, of the elves and lectures on "Spiritism and Elfology“Holds off. In the summer of 1996 he gave one-day courses for around 500 listeners from all over the world. His school of elves is in the heart of Reykjavik. He made precise city maps and maps in which the location of elves and goblins dwellings are drawn. During road construction work, the building authorities follow these plans with their routing so as not to cut through elven dwellings. When she was building a road Lyarskogar 150 km north of Reykjavik did it once, inexplicable weaknesses forced the construction workers to relocate the road route, as an entrained medium had advised to do so. Then the builders' weaknesses stopped.

Werner Schiebeler


1) These types of angels are not to be confused with angels in the Christian-religious sense who appear as direct messengers of God among us humans. These angels or devas here, on the other hand, are otherworldly beings who can be either good or bad or indifferent. They play a role especially in the Hindu forms of religion.


(1) E. Bäzner: "The nature spirits", Drei Eichen Verlag, Munich
(2) A. C. Doyle: "The Coming of the Fairies", Verlag Hodder and Stoughton, 1st edition 1921, later Publisher Samuel Weiser, New York 1972
(3) E. L. Gardner: "Fairies, The Cottingley Photographs and their Sequel", The Theosophical House London Ltd, London 1945
(4) E. L. Gardner: "Elves, photographs of nature spirits and how they came about", Ansata Verlag, Interlaken / Switzerland 1979 [German-language edition of (3)]
(5) D. van Gelder-Kunz: "In the realm of nature spirits", Aquamarin Verlag, 3rd edition, Grafing 1995
(6) R. H. Krauss: "Beyond light and shadow. The role of photography in certain paranormal phenomena - a historical outline", Jonas Verlag, Marburg 1992

[The pictures are technically not reproduced in the best quality because they were taken from the booklet. The important thing is that they exist at all. Nowadays images can hardly do anything to prove, because image manipulations of any kind are possible on the computer. Who do not believe want, or rejects all paranormal reports and photographic "evidence" as fraud, deception and self-importance, photographs are not convincing either. Therefore, the quality of the recordings plays a subordinate role. ]

Image 1 [drawing]: A poor shoemaker observes imps at work in his workshop at night.

Image 2: Drawing of a 'goblin' by Michael Haack, to whom this creature appeared in the bedroom one night in September 1995 while on vacation in southern France. He estimated the size of this creature to be about 1 m.

Photo 3: Stacked wooden doors in a painting workshop.

Image 4: Scheme of the stacked wooden doors with the resulting footprints.

Pictures 5 and 6: Footprints from the beginning of March 1991, running diagonally from bottom right to top left.

Image 7: Footprints from March 27, 1991, running across from left to right, in the left half the diagonal track from the beginning of March 1991 crosses.

Image 8: Footprint of a six month and 13 day old child without arching the foot. Foot length 10 cm, body height 66 cm.
Image: 9 footprint of a five year and four month old child with an arched foot. Foot length 17 cm, body height 128 cm.

Photo 10: Frances and the elves. Photo taken in July 1917 by Elsie. Distance about 1.20 m, exposure 1/50 sec., Sunny day, photo taken in a ravine. There is a waterfall and rocks six meters away. The girl is standing in the shallow water of a stream bank. The colors of the elves were described by the girl as shades of green, lavender and light purple (mauve), distributed mainly in the wings and gradually fading to almost fine white in the limbs and clothing.

Image 11: Elsie and the gnome (dwarf). Image taken in September 1917 by Frances at the top of a ravine. Elsie was playing with a gnome and beckoning him to get on her knee. The moment he jumped to her knee, Frances pulled the trigger. The gnome wore black pants, a reddish jacket and a pointed, shiny red cap. The wings were more moth-like and of a soft neutral color. Elsie said that the gnome had no discernible weight when it stood on her bare hand, although she had the sensation of a light breath or breath when she jumped up.

Image 12: Frances and the jumping elf. Photo taken by Elsie in August 1920. The elf jumped three or four times from the lower leaves, and Frances feared she would be touched by her. So she pulled her head back a little. The light clothing seemed to be tight. The wings were lavender-like.

Photo 13: An elf offers Elsie a small bouquet of flowers. The picture was taken by Frances on the same day as picture 12. The elf almost stood still and floated on the bush flowers. The wings were shimmering yellow. According to their mother, Ms. Wright, the children were about an hour and a half away from home.

Image 14: The third picture in August 1920 was a chance hit and was taken on the edge of a small pond near the stream. The girls had seen a movement and a figure in the long grass and simply pulled the trigger. The girls had never seen such a cocoon-like shell with an elf in it before and could not imagine anything under it. On the other hand, this structure in the tangle of grass was impossible to imitate artificially. Taken from pictures 10 to 14 (3)

Image 15: Photo taken by the ghost photographer Clarence Britton by the teacher Lenice Quick with six images of deceased people above her head. Her deceased father can be seen at the bottom left, an aunt to the right and her father-in-law next to it, both of whom have also died. The three heads in the top row represent unknown people. Lenice Quick gave this photo with her explanations to Prof. Walter Uphoff from Oregon, who was also at Camp Wonewoc around 1935. The author of this essay received it from him.

Image 16: Illustration to a poem by Alfred Noyes with the title 'A spell for a fairy' in 'Princess Mary's gift book', Claude A. Shepperson, before 1915. Taken from (6, p.191). - Inspired by this illustration, the ten and thirteen year old girls Elsie and Frances are said to have forged the elven photographs. They must have had amazing artistic and counterfeiting skills when they were young.

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