I have a different theory, for which there is very little evidence except more theory...
Does anybody else remember that back in Moving Pictures there were elves working in Holy Wood?
And that in one of the Witch stories Granny Weatherwax said yes, there were cross-breeds of elves and humans who mostly sunburned easily and giggled a lot, but were nothing compared to the real, nasty kind of elves?
I think Pepe is an elf-human cross-breed.
Pepe is working with the dwarfs to make magical chain mail clothing that is considered by most readers to refer to Tolkien's mithril armor, made by elves.
Terry has been known to criticize Tolkien for making the orcs utterly evil with no possibility of redemption.
And while Terry has created a way for orcs (best known from Tolkien despite the popularity of later games) to be rehabilitated, he has also created a being who has some of the nastiness of the elves while also having the ability to live and work with dwarfs and even humans, and who takes steps to deal with the human who behaves like the full-blooded elves, at least partly to protect the humans he has been working with. I think that Pepe is Terry's way of rehabilitating his own "evil race with no redeeming qualities" - the elves.
raptornx01 wrote:Didn't he already do this in Wee Free Men? Basically setting up the Queen as an almost tragic figure. saying that her and fairyland used to be very different before the king and her had their falling out and he left. That she changed, got colder, harsher, meaner, and with her so did the land because it was connected to her?
raisindot wrote: Pterry's elves were always mean, stupid and greedy. In Lords & Ladies, it's made clear that the elven incursion that occurred during the book wasn't the first time it had happened.
raisindot wrote: it had been so long since the last elven invasion that the Lancrans only remember the beauty and glamour of the elves, rather than their thievery and general nastiness.
raisindot wrote: I think Pterry's mentions of elf-human hybrids is one of the many ideas he introduced and later discarded as his view of the DW universe evolved, the same way that the early trolls, dwarves and vampires transformed from jokey parodies into races with complex histories and cultures.
raptornx01 wrote:Insectoidal and fuzzy are not mutually exclusive.
raptornx01 wrote:And on Pepe. i've been going through UA again, and there is a part toward the end where he confronts Trevor. he does give hints to his past. talking about having certain, "preferences". so i'm thinking Terry was going in a different direction than you were thinking about.
=Tamar wrote:raptornx01 wrote:Insectoidal and fuzzy are not mutually exclusive.
True, but the two different queens are not described as identical, either, and the non-queen elves from The Wee Free Men are described and are clearly not physically like the ones in Lords and Ladies.
raisindot wrote:It was quite clear that this was the same queen. Could there possibly be two elf queens whose husband-kings left them?
raisindot wrote:As for the different 'appearances' of the elves, remember that they look the way people want them to look. In L&L, their appearance as beautiful, stylish creatures was shaped by what the Lancre townfolk imagined them to look like, aided by collective memery (misspelling intentional). In WFM, their appearance is based solely on Tiffany's dreams and nightmares.
raisindot wrote:She's too young to necessarily think of them in terms of beauty (although the Queen's beauty is probably the one thing that doesn't change among all people who meet her, partly because in most mythologies queens are almost always beautiful),
raisindot wrote: and instead sees them as nightmare creatures--hounds, headless horsemen, 'bee-women' and whatnot. Indeed, Tiffany may actually be the first person who ever saw what the Queen really looked like (even Granny may not have achieved this).
prajuvikas wrote:Nutt as coach...Who is he modeled after? is he Sven Goran Ericksen? or Wenger? or Rinus Michels?
He's clearly not Sir Alex Fergeson though is he...
(P.S. I enjoyed the 'discussions' thus far and would love to contribute to them when a find a few spare moments.)
Tiffany wrote:I only read UA once so I am reading it again. Not really into football, but I'll see if I like it better on the second reading.
Tonyblack wrote:Tiffany wrote:I only read UA once so I am reading it again. Not really into football, but I'll see if I like it better on the second reading.
I'm not into football either, but found it much better on the second reading.
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