dark elf

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Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from dark elves., a calque of an Old Norse term.

Noun[edit]

dark elf ‎(plural dark elves)

  1. (Norse mythology) A member of the race of Dǫkkálfar, creatures who live underground.
  2. (fantasy) A member of a race of evil elves.

Usage notes[edit]

Some scholars think the term "dark elves" was, in Old Norse, a kenning for "dwarves".

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References[edit]

  • Thomas Bulfinch, Bulfinch's Mythology (1834; republished in 1970 by Harper & Row, ISBN 0-690-57260-3), page 348
  • Mythology of All Races volume 2 : Eddic (1930, Marshall Jones Company), pages 220-221