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Old Norse[edit]


svartr (black) +‎ álfar (elves) (note that svartr refers to black objects and black hair, but not black skin; for black skin, blár is used)

Proper noun[edit]

Svartálfar m pl

  1. (Norse mythology) the "black elves"

Usage notes[edit]

Whether the "Svartálfar" are the same beings as the "Dǫkkálfar" is unclear; whether either or each term is a kenning for "dwarves" is also unclear.


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