Elijah Aske was a retired shepherd who used to work for Emmerdale Farm, hired by Joshua Sugden around the mid-1850s. Elijah resided in an isolated cottage, located below the moor near Emmerdale Farm. When Joshua's grandson, Joseph, enlisted in World War I, Elijah gave Joseph's wife, Maggie, advice on how to run the farm and helped her train up Joe's other dog, that Maggie named Fly. Elijah began to think very little of Joseph when Maggie informed Elijah that Joe had murdered her dog, Toby.

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