Beware of the Elf! A Note on the Evolving Meaning of Álfar

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This article addresses the changing meaning of the word álfr (plural álfar) in Norse-Icelandic from the Middle Ages to the present day and notes that, contrary to the myth of a continuity in the Icelandic belief in elves propagated by popular journalism, this belief is framed within different paradigms of thought in different times.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-223
Number of pages9
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2015

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© 2015 The Folklore Society.

Other keywords

  • elves
  • folklore
  • Middle ages


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