so...story goes: the man lurking in the background is really some sort of guardian of some sort. he's in love with the elf and wishes to protect her. she means more to him than anything else, even his own life. yes...but the original theory is that he's malevolent in nature...seeking her demise. ah, yes...and the wolf...sort of like a familiar, but more of just a loyal companion. yes. the end. inspired by being in the lovely black hills in South Dakota...i love it there.