In American fiction, the humans are generally inferior to whatever monster race is out there keeping them hemmed in while in European fiction, the tendency is to some sort of old, lost, noble race we've displaced.
You might find it interesting that Elves in Witcher weren't the native race. For whatever reason, Sapkowski's autochthones are Gnomes, a race which by the time of novels silently diminished and mixed into dwarven societies until most people didn't know the difference.
This is gonna be a tough book for me. Don't even know where to start.