Sunday, December 13, 2009

Elves

 
According to wikipedia an elf (plural elves) is defined as “a being of Germanic mythology. The elves were originally thought of as a race of divine or semi-divine beings (wights, vættir) endowed with magical powers, which they use both for the benefit and the injury of mankind. In pre-Christian mythology, they appear to have been divided into light elves and dark elves, difficult to delineate from the Æsir (gods) on one hand and the dvergar (dwarves) on the other.


In early modern and modern folklore, they become associated with the fairies of Romance folklore and assume a diminutive size, often living underground in hills or rocks, or in wells and springs. 19th-century Romanticism attempted to restore them to full stature, often depicting them as youthful-seeming men and women of great beauty. From their depiction in Romanticism, elves entered the 20th-century high fantasy genre in the wake of the publications of J.R.R. Tolkien, especially the posthumous publication of his Silmarillion where Tolkien's treatment of the relation of light elves, dark elves, black elves and dwarves in Norse mythology is made explicit. Popular culture in the Anglosphere at the same time with Santa Claus and his helpers preserves a direct continuation of early modern folklore.”


For some wonderful post about elves check out our friend Devin’s blog:
http://myfavoritemonsters.blogspot.com/search/label/elves  



Send your own ElfYourself eCards

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MIKE AND JULIE.

8 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness........me as an elf is probably the creepiest image ever!! HAHA! I think we need some time to collect new ideas for this blog lol.

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  2. Oh my gosh!!! I just realized that was a video!! That was so funny!! I didn't know I could move like that...man I surprise myself ever day!!

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  3. Yeah, you and I can certainly bust a move, lol. I wanted to put something about elves and then end the blog with something fun. The "elf yourself" came up in the google search. I liked the disco dancing the best. I waited so long to post something new that a follower left us, )-: Oh well it happens. I am looking forward to your next post. I am working on the TV one and have a post that will be put on this Thursday. It was written especially for that day.
    Merry Christmas to you Mikey, my blog buddy...Julie

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  4. Ah...elves are so cool, at least in Tolkien's depiction of them. I read recently that the word translates into "noble friend".

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  5. That is the cutest darn thing I've ever seen. And wow, you two can rock lol

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  6. That is a fantastically cute picture!!
    Elves fascinate me (btw-thanks for the shout out-that was very kind of you!)
    A blog friend who lives overseas recently bought me "The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries" by WY Evans-Wentz
    I told her I was so amazed at her kindness and it looks like a fantastic book!
    Hopefully-soon I can do more "elf" posts using the book as a guide.
    All the best in the world to the both of you -and again loved the pic:-)!
    I hope you both had a fantastic weekend and a great week ahead-hope to chat soon!!

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  7. For Xmas, I'm giving all the people whose blogs I follow a gift...I'm telling them what I love about their blogs. Since I follow over 90 blogs, I'm starting now.

    I love the layout of your blog. I love that you do fun, crisp, brief, and funky subjects. It's always fresh, it's always something I want to read--I can't remember EVER reading a title I wasn't drawn in to read. What you do is priceless. Keep it up! You're like the energy drink of the paranormal blogs.

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  8. Thanks everyone for your comments. I am trying to get more post done but it is very difficult this time of year.

    Jeff, elves are pretty cool. I didn't know that they translated into "noble friend". I like that and it seems to fit them.

    Eileen, someone emailed that to me last year so I was hoping to find it again this year. It was fun and very easy to add our faces. And yes, we can rock, lol.

    Devin, no problem with the shout out. There was no way I could have wrote anything as well as you did and I wanted others to read them. Looking forward for more on elves. Take care.

    Autumn, thanks for your kind words about our blog. Since it is titled "Above the Norm", we go out of our way to find the weird and unusual stories to write about. Sometimes I find them in the strangest places like Twitter for example. We love your blog. I have learned lots of interesting things, found out about obscure movies and learned more about ghost hunting. So thanks and looking forward to see what you come up with next year.

    Happy Holidays to everyone.

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