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EtymologyEdit

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

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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 notesEdit

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

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ReferencesEdit

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

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