Students of Tolkien”s Hobbit and other works immediately recognized the visitor to the Child Development Center as a member of the “Elf” species. Before the trip to the CDC, the elf had made her first appearance of the season at Brenau”s traditional Midnight Breakfast. The creature was distinguished by its pointy ears (not to be confused with Star Trek”s Vulcans, a much more aloof variety of humanoids), less-than-tall height, and a festively colored dress that somehow conveyed a mental association of Jo Ann Fabrics in downtown Gainesville and a skillful hand at a home sewing machine.
Even though their history is shrouded in Germanic and Nordic mythology, elves are intrinsically friendly creatures. J.R.R.Tolkien wasn´t able to establish a complete account of their role in the distant past, the Middle-Earth age. But the kids at the CDC – shown here in conversation with the medieval visitor – determined quickly that they were dealing with a being who is “similar to humans, but fairer and wiser, with greater spiritual powers, keener senses, and a closer empathy with nature”, as Wikipedia puts it. Noel (shown center left), son of Assistant Vice President Amanda Lammers, was particularly emphatic about these traits.
As the same little creature was reported making a well-received appearance at Riverbend Elementary School, there´s hope that elves will be a regular visitor on campus to bring their message of goodwill and cheer. Students familiar with the Lord of the Rings saga know that these appearances aren´t limited to Christmas season. Professor of Philosophy James Sennett states that this can raise new questions of a research nature. “Does she belong to the tribe of the Silvan, Sindar or Noldor? Is she from the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings saga, or can she be seen in one of the video games currently on the market? Time will tell. The quest for a world view and scientific curiosity at Brenau never stops.”
Friday, December 16, 2011