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Where do Elves come from?

The concept of elves has a long and varied history in various cultures around the world. In Norse mythology, elves were said to be divine beings who lived in a realm called Alfheim, which was said to be located in the skies. These elves were described as tall, beautiful, and immortal, and they were associated with wisdom and magic.

In Germanic folklore, elves were depicted as supernatural beings, but they were generally seen as mischievous and capricious rather than wise and benevolent. These elves were said to be small in stature and have a mischievous nature, and they were often associated with the forest and wildlife.

The modern image of elves as small, industrious creatures who assist Santa Claus in preparing for Christmas can be traced back to the 19th century and the work of writers such as Washington Irving and Clement Clarke Moore. Irving's 1809 book "Knickerbocker's History of New York" includes a character called "Knickerbocker," who is depicted as being accompanied by a group of elves, while Moore's 1823 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (also known as "The Night Before Christmas") includes a reference to Santa's "tiny elves."

Today, the image of elves as small, industrious creatures who assist Santa Claus in preparing for Christmas is a beloved part of holiday tradition in many countries around the world. Children often write letters to Santa, asking him to bring them gifts, and many people leave out milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. The story of elves is a reminder of the magic and wonder of the holiday season.

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It took a lot for 'Elf' to get made

Elf was released in theaters in 2003 and quickly became an instant holiday classic.  Starring Will Ferrell in the title role and directed by Jon Favreau, the original script was penned in 1993 but went through several rewrites, including one by Ferrell and his writing partner Adam McKay.  The original script was said to be much darker, and Favreau realized he could make the film with a PG rating if he turned it into a kind of homage to the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special.  Although the movie takes place in New York and the North Pole, it was filmed in both New York City and British Columbia, Canada.  Despite the film making close to $200 million at the box office and spawning a musical, an animated special, and even a video game, fans should not get their hopes up for a sequel with the original cast. Ferrell has downplayed the idea, and it's been reported that he and Favreau did not get along on the set.

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