Seems weird to me, too. But then the whole concept of recognition seems to be continually evolving. I've noticed a lot of people on the scroll have slightly different ideas about it.
In Scouter and Tyleet's case there did seem to some kind of pull even before the whole eyes-meet-eyes thing, which I don't think was ever shown before. Maybe as time goes on and the elves become less and less recognition is getting more demanding?
Maybe Cutter brought about the burning down of the forest because of an undeniable drive to get to the desert. :roll: