The peasant encounters a forest-imp Gustave Doré (1832-83 from X. B. Santine's La Mythologie du Rhin (1862), 243. Note the Druid stones in the background. [Click on these images for larger pictures.]

“Il arrivait autrefois que le voyageur attardé, le paysan ou le bûcheron revenant d'une noce vers la tombée de la nuit, avaient cette chance heureuse de rencontrer dans une clairière du bois ou sur les bords d'un ruisseau, une troupe de lutins débattant au milieu des clartés crépusculaires.” (243). [It once happened that a traveler, a farmer or woodcutter returning from a wedding in the dark, had the good fortune to meet in a clearing in the woods or on the banks of a stream, a band of elves struggling in the twilight gleams.]

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Santine, X. B. La Mythologie du Rhin. Paris: L. Hachette, 1862. Internet Archive version of a copy in the library of the University of Oxford. Web. 22 February 2014.

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