The Official Collection of Fantastical Creature Information--Updated Randomly

For all your fantastical creature needs! This is the beginning of my encyclopedia, and I'm collecting as much information as I can on various fantasy creatures. Most of my stuff can be found on wikipedia. However, no source is perfect, so the stuff that is my input is often italicized. Help me by sending me more information at

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Elf Generalities

An elf is a creature of Germanic mythology which still survives in northern European Folklore. The elves were originally a race of minor nature and fertility gods, who are often pictured as youthful-seeming men and women of great beauty living in forests and underground places, or in wells and springs. They have been portrayed to be long-lived or immortal and as beings of magical powers. Following J.R.R. Tolkien's the Lord of the Rings—in which a wise, angelic people named Elves have a significant role—elves became staple characters of modern fantasy.

Elf can be pluralised
as both elves and elfs. Something associated with elves or the qualities of elves is described by the adjectives elven, elvish, elfin or elfish. According to a convention of modern fantasy, the 'v' in elven or elvish refers to human-sized elves (who correspond more closely to those of the old Germanic paganism), whereas the f in elfin or elfish refers to tiny-sized elfs (who correspond more closely to the folklore of the Renaissance and Romantic Eras). In addition to this distinction, there are many other races within the Elves and the Elfs. The Human-sized elves tend to vary according to where they live such as Dark Elves, Light Elves, High Elves, Wood Elves, Sea Elves, Etc. The minute elfs tend to vary according to what they do. Example: house elfs.

They are also called:
Danish: alfer, elvere, elverfolk, ellefolk or huldrer.
Dutch: elf, elfen, elven, alven.
English: (Old English) ælf; (Middle English) albe; (Current) elf, elves.
German: Elf (m), Elfe (f), Elfen.
Icelandic: álfar, álfafólk and huldufólk (hidden people).
Old Norse: álfar.
Swedish: alfer, alver or älvor (note Älvor today translates to fairies).
Norwegian: alv, alven, alver, alvene / alvefolket (note alvefolket today translates to elfpeople)

The word elf (álf) may possibly trace back as far as the theoretical Proto-Indo-European root word *albh meaning "white", from which also stems the Latin albus "white", and it's derivatives in Portuguese, Spanish and English albino.

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