(Whoops! Posted at the same time as Kitt. This is in response to Nomad's).
Which is why we humans many times try to turn our children into child prodigies, so that we can feel like our children are better than other people's children. Or we make them super-competitive in sports. Or we put them in beauty pageants. Or any number of other things. I feel your sadness, Nomad.
(Now, I'm not talking about letting your child participate in sports/pageants/whatever if that's what your child wants to do, for fun. It's when we do it for ourselves, so we can brag, that makes me sad.)
I guess what I'm trying to say is, this aspect of elf life reflects humanity, too. We place more value on those who are more "gifted," too.
I do note that though Pike knows he's less gifted than the others, he never feels like he is not loved and valuable to the tribe. That's a plus for the Wolfriders.