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Svartálfar

Old NorseEdit

EtymologyEdit

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 nounEdit

Svartálfar m pl

  1. (Norse mythology) the "black elves"

Usage notesEdit

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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