Anyone who’s ever read or seen any work of fantasy has heard of an elf. But there seem to be three different types of elves that appear ubiquitous throughout lore. From high fantasy like Lord of the Rings to Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream to Santa’s little helpers, elves seem all over the place. There seem to be three basic categories: The Sprite, The Gnome, and The Human-like. In my own work, I’m looking to craft my own new definition of an elf. To do so, it is almost essential to revisit and explore the basics before trying to create something new.