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(May 13, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Which kind of elf springs to mind when you hear the word? Legalos in all his blond yumminess or jolly old Saint Nick? Both? Neither? No matter- elves have a history far older than most people realize. Not only that, but elves have been very different creatures throughout their history as well.

The Oldest Elves

The first elf stories to appear in history were in Norse mythology. The Norse people were located in the countries around Scandinavia and Germany and contributed a great deal to both European and North American culture. One of their contributions was the beginning of the elvish legends.

The oldest elves were magical being the size of humans. There were dark elves and light elves running around and important men could actually become elves after they died. Because of their beauty and their size, elves were occasionally found in the company of humans and many times this company produced children. Half-children of elves show up in many of the Old Norse legends.

Elves eventually became equivalent with minor gods in many Norse beliefs. Because they were so important, sacrifices would be made to the elves to help with healing and with fertility. Elves were believed to be minor fertility gods in particular.

Later Elves

In the same area, elves changed over time. They became beautiful girls, occasionally small enough to live inside a flower. Elves were light hearted and beautiful but could turn vicious quite easily. If you offended an elf, you would be in big trouble, so most Scandinavians took precautions to placate the elves. They laid out offerings of butter and marked their homes with Elf crosses to protect themselves from elves with bad intentions.

Elves of this time would dance during the night and leave elf circles trod in the grass or with a ring of mushrooms. Interestingly enough, in Scandinavia, there is still a great deal of respect for elves today. In one documented instance, a soccer ball rolled near a supposed home of elves, and the players elected to leave the ball and get a new one to finish the game rather than disturb the elves.

In other areas, elves were much like fairies and would be mischievous, but not especially dangerous. Elves again shrunk in size and in some cases were only as big as your finger. This is also when elves gained pointed hats and ears.

Todayís Elves

In many countries such as Iceland and the Scandinavian countries, there is still a very strong belief in hidden people and elves. While it seems more people in these countries believe in elves, there are still plenty of people in other countries that believe as well.

Even if are rather skeptical of the magical creatures with sage wisdom and long ears, you might be swayed by the jolly old elf who brings presents and good cheer every Christmas. If Santa doesnít do it for you, watch Lord of the Rings again just to admire an Orlando Bloom styled elf. (Tolkien is responsible for most of our modern elf attributes, by the way.) And if you still arenít starting to fancy the elvish race, pick up a few of my favorite elves Ė the ones who make the delicious Keebler cookies. Or take the healthier route and go for a bit of Snap, Crackle and Pop as you enjoy a bowl of Rice Krispies.


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aaliyahg123

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: May 27, 2008
great article i love orlando bloom his ears are soooo cute!!!

i wonder if there r elves in New Zealand???

lothlorien was where the elves of light lived... lady galadriel...
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Izzy_zy_Rocker

20/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: May 27, 2008
*pokes xSTRAW_BERRYx*

You're from the Netherlands like me, so I understand why you think that.

For all your info, around here we literally call those circles "Witches Circles", so that explains the misunderstanding.

Love elves, any kind. Great article. *runs off into the distance as giddy as a schoolgirl*
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Lingushi

19/Female
Canton, NC
Posted On: May 27, 2008
I love Elves. In fact, I'm writing a book about Elves, Spirtes, Fairies, and any other mytical creature I can think about

Good artical
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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: May 24, 2008
And come on, In Norway it is more common to here of trolls, not elves.
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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: May 24, 2008
no, it was actually believed in post-medival England that elves were tiny creatures that followed humans around, making strange noises behind them to freak the peoples out, and causing all sorts of mischief. Sort of like fairies, but without wings and less dangerous.
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Starygirl203

19/Female
Posted On: May 21, 2008
To: xSTRAW_BERRYx

No, fairies. And I think the "later elves" is actualy describing fairies because I've never heard about elves like that, only fairies. I'm not exactly sure, but the author may have something wrong.

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xSTRAW_BERRYx

20/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: May 20, 2008
aren't those ring of mushrooms made by witches?
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ilovezelda

23/Female
Lake Elsinore, CA
Posted On: May 19, 2008
Elve's in the Lord of the Rings book and movie have to be my favorites. Definitely, Tolkien described them SO well and when the movie came about, your imagination had something even bigger to build upon. Very nice article.
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: May 19, 2008
Woo

Like The Article

I Like The Lil Elve Doll, The One With Red Hair And A Black Dress.

What Maker Is That?

x

Alexxuh =]
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ILY_heart

19/Female
Rising Star, TX
Posted On: May 18, 2008
Harry Potter elves are my fave!! lol.
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padawancub

24/Female
Hopkinsville, KY
Posted On: May 18, 2008
Great article! It was very informative!!

Oh, and here's a good article idea for you: an article explaining why scientists try to explain away things such as elves, werewolves, and bigfoot. . . .I mean, there has to be a reason other than curiosity. . . .thanks never more for mentioning the scientists. . . that reminded me.
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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: May 18, 2008
elves rock!!!! Seriously, except for some scientists think elvish features could be linked to certain diseases, and were only seen as elves because the people affected by it tended to be very talented.
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hypa_happi_rea

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: May 18, 2008
Woot! First comment!

Xp

T.W
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hypa_happi_rea

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: May 18, 2008
Awesome article! I never knew that much.

Xp

T.W
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