Monday, 28 January 2013

The Little People

A picture that fooled even the great Arthur Conan Doyle

In many countries especially in parts of Britain ,Ireland and Scandinavia many people have a fascination with The Little People, the fairy folk , the Dwarfs, Imps, Goblins and Leprechauns of legend.
It is possible this fascination stems from the fairy tales we are told as children, stories such as Rumpelstiltskin  / Tommy Tit Tot, the Elves and the Shoemaker, Snow White, set images of fairy folk in our unconscious minds from a very early age.
In 1917 two young girls Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright who lived in Cottingley Yorkshire faked photographs of fairies using cut outs they took from an old book of fairy tales, the interest in these photographs swept round the world attracting such notaries as Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini to look into their authenticity, Conan Doyle who had a keen interest in the Paranormal and Spiritualism believed the pictures were for real, indeed many people believed them to be authentic until in the early 1980s Elsie and Frances admitted to faking the photographs, even then Frances maintained that the fifth and final photograph was genuine. A movie Fairy Tale a True Story told the story of the Cottingley fairies ( strangely Mel Gibson makes an uncredited appearance at the very end of this movie ).

Many fairy folk are believed to be malevolent creatures, Imps and Goblins are associated with causing menace and there will be a price to pay if you happen to steal a Leprechauns gold, even the good old Tooth Fairy has been worked into many horror movies as an evil entity.
With the technology available to us today, mobile phones and video cameras owned by most people it would be surprising if there was not a few photographs and videos recorded of little people available on the internet whether they be fake or not. A few years ago a craze for capturing images of Gnomes, Dwarfs etc seemed to sweep South America mainly started by this particular video:

Is it a clever fake, a tiny person, or a real live Gnome?

What about this one?

Very funny, probably a puppet pulled by strings.

Or my particular favourite one from the UK

So cleverly done this one.

It looks like the human races fascination with the little people will not be ending any time soon.

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