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Nightmare Fuel / Lords and Ladies

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  • The elves used to provide the page quote for The Fair Folk for a reason. They're sadistic Humanoid Abominations that manipulate the thoughts and emotions of mortals into worshiping them and feed off the pasts and futures of other universes because their own is nothing but a barren eternity of ice and snow.
  • Pratchett manages to do it with just one word. So horrible it's almost funny:
    The elves had killed the fish in the pond. Eventually.
  • This sentence is just pure nightmare fuel.:
    In a narrow little valley a few miles away a party of elves had found a nest of young rabbits which, in conjunction with a nearby antheap, kept them amused for a while."
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    • And this, from beings that gloatingly expect that the land of Lancre will be pleased to have them back. How alien / evil a mindset is that?
  • Fridge Horror: It's a passing remark, but Granny Weatherwax tells Ridcully that elves and humans have bred in the past. Given that the elves have no empathy and their presence is Mind Rape to mortals, the circumstances were probably not pleasant. (Let's hope it was instead a case of Love Redeems.)
  • Since Diamanda has been elf-shot, the elves can control her into letting them into the castle. Once they're in, they turn on her:
    [Shawn Ogg] kept repeating, "They just laughed and stabbed her. She didn't even try to run away. It was like they were playing."
  • "Yes, there’d been a lot of witches in them days. Too many women found an empty cradle, or a husband that never came home from the hunt. Had been the hunt." — In short, the witches hinted at in other parts of the book, who had 'minds like iron' (impervious to the glamour) and had originally driven back the elves, were otherwise ordinary women who had lost their husbands and children in the reign of terror.
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  • The description of the Elf King's plan is at once beautiful and terrifying.
    Nanny: All this iron and books and clockwork and universities and reading and suchlike. He reckons it'll all pass, see. And one day it'll all be over, and people will look up at the skyline at sunset and there he'll be. One day he'll be back. When even the iron in the head is rusty.

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