light elf

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The god Freyr, the lord of the light-elves in Norse mythology

Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from light elves.

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Noun[edit]

light elf (plural light elves)

  1. One of a race of elves who live above ground and are radiant.
  2. (paganism) A daylight dwelling elf or nature spirit (as opposed to the underground dwelling dark elves or dwarves) in Heathenry.

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References[edit]

  • Bulfinch, Thomas (1834). Bulfinch's Mythology. New York: Harper & Row, 1970, p. 348. ISBN 0-690-57260-3.
  • Marshall Jones Company (1930). Mythology of All Races Series, Volume 2 Eddic, Great Britain: Marshall Jones Company, 1930, pp. 220-221.