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Noun meaning "female elf" (failed RFV)[edit]

User:-sche condensed the following information, on the (RFV-failed) use of elfen as a noun, from an entire page posted by AnWulf ... Ferþu Hal! at 13:57, 1 January 2012 (UTC).
  1. (historical) A female elf, a fairy, nymph
    • Whatever external influences they may reflect, the female elfen came into being in pre-Conquest England. — Alaric Hall, Glosses, Gaps and Gender: The Rise of Female Elves in Anglo-Saxon Culture, 2007
    • Archaic forms are again apparent, in the form feldælbinne, itself glossed with a tenth-century Kentish form familiar to the scribe, elfenne, — Alaric Hall, (quoting Wolfgang, Kittlick), ibid.
  2. (with invariable plural elfen) A member of a fictional race of non-humans.
    • 2003, John Dixon, The Birchwood Cub:
      She it was who taught the elfen how to hunt and how to live in harmony []
  • The adjective form originally derived from the OE feminine noun form of elfen. In fact, elfin, and elven (f to v) are nothing more than spelling variations of elfen. Elfen originally had the sense of feminine, small, dainty* ... thus childlike. They morphed into a general adjective equivalent with the ur-adjectives elfish/elvish (f to v).
  • From Old English elfen, ælfen (nymph, spirit, fairy), feminine of elf, ælf (elf), equivalent to elf +‎ -en. Cognate with Middle High German elbinne (a fairy, nymph).
  • Alaric Hall, Glosses, Gaps and Gender: The Rise of Female Elves in Anglo-Saxon Culture, 2007
  • OED for elfin: elfin |ˈelfən| adjective 1. (with reference to a person) small and delicate, ...

--AnWulf ... Ferþu Hal! 13:57, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

the RFV discussion itself[edit]

is here: Wiktionary:Requests for verification archive/2011/more#elfen. - -sche (discuss) 20:14, 23 March 2012 (UTC)