Also known as Aelf, Alf, Alp, Elb, Aulf, Elve, Alfar,
The various tales about elves vary greatly with time and geography. It is
believed that elves were originally the spirits of the dead who brought
fertility to living humans. Over the centuries, the stories evolved.
Two kinds of elves developed: light elves, who are beautiful celestial
beings who live above ground; and dark elves, who are ugly evil spirits
who live in the ground. There is also a class of intermediate elves who
live in hills--they are beautiful but melancholy creatures. Elves make
beautiful music, which humans sometimes hear if they are wandering at
night. They dance in circles in meadows, living rings of extra-green
grass. Only ff you stand in this circle of grass can you see the
Changeling Story by Sir Walter Scott
A Human is
Midwife to an Elf
Kneightley, Thomas. The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves, and
Other Little People. New York: Avenel Books, 1978.
Other Sites of Interest
of Arda: Elves--This is the elf entry in a very extensive Tolkein
Encyclopedia, where you can learn all about Tolkien's elves.