Every child nowadays, when being asked about elves, will surely reply that elves are the funny Santa helpers in the supermarkets at Xmas time and are there to wrap up Xmas gifts and games. So, we'll have to disappoint them:
Who are the elves? - No kidding.
Elves (ancient-icelandic alfar) are humanlike supernatural creatures in
European mythology, spirits or minor Gods of nature. According to the most
legends, they are immortal and invisible. These beings are described as
mischievous, light-hearted, joyous spirits, who sometimes get in contact with
people and may help or harm them.
Where do they live?
Mostly in Northern-European folklore and modern fantasy books. Lately they
have been invited to act in the movies (Lord of the Rings) and computer games
(Elythril: The Elf Treasure,
a matching game by Absolutist).
Where do they come from?
Originating from the Ancient Germanic mythology, the images of elves as
good-natured spirits were transferred and survived in the Northern European
With the image of light spirits was transferred to the French, English,
Scotch and Irish cultures. To learn more about the images of elves in
different national cultures of Europe, please go to
elf images page.
During the recent fifty years the popularity of elves has been sharply
increased after the J.R.R. Tolkien "Lord of the Rings" release in 1954,
which caused a real elf boom around the world. The brilliant
philologist depicted the elfin folk in a fresh way yet very closely to
the ancient legends and thus, delivered a new interpretation of the elves,
their culture and history.
Since that time elf became a crucial character of nearly all fantasy books; people from many countries report being in contact with elves or consider themselves to be true elves.
What do elves look like?
No one will dare to tell you that exactly because, as already stated above,
elves are invisible. In the Norse legends, elves are described as human-like
creatures who are shorter in size than people. Most of them are dressed up in
beautiful clothes made of the magic and shining fabrics. Elves are known to be
extremely beautiful and possessing magical power. Elves from the Norse legends
have wings. But the main peculiarity of elfin people is: pointed ears.
Are elves good or bad for humans?
Although it is believed that elves are mostly good-natured creatures aiming to
help people, in some English tales they are said to be in contact with demons.
From the Norse legends elves are known as the spirits of fertility and nature
protectors, whose main function is protect forests, mountains and meadows they
live in. On the other hand, it is believed that elves may come to people's home
along with other light spirits at Xmas.
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