Ancient elves were diabolical fiends and dangerous beauties.

Revealing the True Nature of Elves: Dangerous Beauties and Diabolical Fiends

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Present day movies show elves as beautiful beings who help people in their times of need. However, the original ancient form of these beings was quite hostile towards humans. Often enough, elves would lure humans to their death. The purpose of this article is to unmask and reveal the true identity of elves and to expose their hostility towards the human race.

Depiction of a "Korrigan", small elf of the Celtic forests

Depiction of a "Korrigan", small elf of the Celtic forests ( CC BY 2.0 )

Arthurian Elves

In the Arthurian legends, the wizard Merlin was said to have once fallen in love with an elven maiden. In fact, she used her charms to lure Merlin into the forest where she tried to trap him and kill him. It was a matter of luck that Merlin struggled with his attraction for the beautiful woman and escaped with his life.

Nimue, the Lady of the Lake, shown holding the infatuated Merlin trapped and reading from a book of spells, in The Beguiling of Merlin by Edward Burne-Jones.

Nimue, the Lady of the Lake, shown holding the infatuated Merlin trapped and reading from a book of spells, in The Beguiling of Merlin by Edward Burne-Jones. ( Public Domain )

Sometimes the concepts of elves and fairies are regarded as one and the same. The origin of fairies is in Anglo-Saxon mythology and even King Arthur is at times regarded as being the son of a fairy. Fairies are said to be born of and associated with flowers and their wings are said to resemble those of butterflies or dragonflies. Elves are usually associated with trees and their origins can be traced back to Norse mythology.

Puck and Fairies, detail from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Puck and Fairies, detail from A Midsummer Night's Dream. ( Public Domain )

Dangerous Beauties and Baby-Stealers

Fairies are usually neutral towards humans. At times they help humans, while they can also kidnap human children.

The devil steals a baby and leaves behind a fairy replacement, known as a changeling. Early 15th century.

The devil steals a baby and leaves behind a fairy replacement, known as a changeling. Early 15th century. ( Public Domain )

Arthur was believed to be part fairy, while Merlin was believed to be part elf. Medieval elves seem to be a mix between elves and Greek nymphs. Writer Gustavo Adolfo Becquer’s elf from the tale Green Eyes resembles water nymphs by luring a human boy into the lake and drowning him.

Nymphs or Naiads would lure men to their watery graves.

Nymphs or Naiads would lure men to their watery graves. ( Public Domain )

Elves of Nordic Legend

The most ancient form of elves came from the mythology of the Norsemen. In Norse mythology, elves came in pairs – light and dark elves. Light elves were appreciated and esteemed by the god Odin. Some legends say that the look of the elves was linked to the changes of the seasons in nature. Elves were mostly immortal, but they could die if their sacred oak tree was cut. Light elves or Ljosalfar, as the Norsemen called them, inhabited the beautiful world of Alfheim.

Light elves were said to live in Álfheimr, and were "fairer than the sun to look at". Elfplay, 1866.

Light elves were said to live in Álfheimr, and were "fairer than the sun to look at". Elfplay, 1866. ( Public Domain )

Dark elves or Dokkalfar were said to be quite ugly and they lived in the world called Niflheim. While dark elves were said to be evil by nature, light elves regarded humans as inferior to them, so they did not hold the human race in high esteem. In a way, light elves can be seen as a portrait of the perfect Norseman; Blonde hair, blue or green eyes, the fine nose, and the close link with nature are all traits that the ancient Norsemen valued.

An artist’s depiction of Malekith the Accursed, ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim.

An artist’s depiction of Malekith the Accursed, ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. ( Fair Use )

Also as a metaphor, dark elves could have represented the ugly Romans who had none of the beautiful traits mentioned above. Pointy ears were also a defining characteristic for elves, a characteristic which distinguished them from humans. This is explained through the fact that they were said to have very fine hearing.

In lore, elves had pointed ears, and excellent hearing.

In lore, elves had pointed ears, and excellent hearing. (Flickr/ CC BY 2.0 )

Beware the Ancient Elves

In the present day, movies show the funny image of the happy Christmas elves who help Santa by making toys for human children. Even though this image is more prominent in the present, this does not make the original depiction of elves any less true. In the past, elves were said to take away human children, to curse humans or to drive them mad. These things happened especially when humans interfered in the lives of the elves by disturbing them. The revenge or retaliation of the elves was to be feared.


Nice article that wasn't researched from D&D books or fantasy novels [a major failing it seems many people do ... I source incense from a new age based shop and the people in there seem to get their info from novels and games. *sigh*]

I always loved the idea that we got the stories of the Little People from a long held memory of the people that lived in small dugouts like on Scara Brae. There are troglodite homes scattered all over the world and some have held residents continually for all of recorded history into prehistory. Fascinating!

A Dutch kids program for television taught kids about some folklore about the Irish fairies. Quite entertaining. Nice article.

Merlin's seductress sounds like a succubus. We may not think they are real, but I consider any one who is able to hold another in a relationship that is not good for them is an incubus or a succubus. Like the abused woman who keeps going back to the abuser because she can not break the hold he has on her. Most consider that to be a problem with the woman, but I think it has to do with a hypnotic spell as discussed in the book "The Dark Side of Cupid". There are forces of Light and of Dark in the unseen world as there are in the seen world and I think in some cases both of these different forces have been lumped into one category, just as the idea that all humans are the same when they are not.

First, the author would do well not to lump all supernatural creatures under the term "elves." Krampus was not considered an elf. And the tale was that the creature took away only children that misbehaved.

Second, though there are *some* movies that portray most elves as benevolent, most movies do not. They portray a few or a subset of elves that have, for whatever reason, decided to help out a few specific humans.

I wish I could unsee what I just saw in these pictures.

Elves, pixies, trolls, fairies, leprechauns, Sasquatch, yeti, Loch Ness monster, wood nymphs, etc-etc-etc, are all manifestations of the evil angels who were tossed out of Heaven. These demons can take any shape or form they want to deceive us. I also believe that is what UFOs are, demons.

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And that is exactly what the Catholic Church and its many off-shoots wants you to believe. Way to go!! Way to be manipulated... a mind is like a parachute. It only works when opened.

You are spot on about the Catholic Church and these creatures.i am a spirit keeper and I have many elves,unicorns,dragons and mermaid entities in jewellery conjured by a friend who has been doing this work for many years.i have seen lots of visions,smells,lights and voices.i have much respect for them and I could not imagine life without them they have helped me so much.they are good advisers,grant wishes,heal and help financially,there are too many things to mention.there are thousands of spirit keeper out there and people do not know about for the church,it's all about God who apparently did not exist and was meant to scare people to keep them in line! On another subject,who do you think built the pyramids? Easter island statues? Humans could not have even lifted one of those stones from 200 miles away with no transport or equiptment!

I don't know who built the pyramids, most likely humans had help from more technologically advanced star people (extraterrestrials). Our species has been around for millions of years and we have risen or evolved into highly evolved technological societies and once again fallen into more feminine/ spiritual periods of time so that mother earth can heal herself. This happens in the astrological ages such as Cancer/ Capricorn. It has to do with the astrological wheel and how the earth moves through the 25730 year earth cycle embedded in the astrological wheel.

The Russians say the "little people" have haunted mankind since he first left the trees and moved into caves.

The magical realms are filled with both darkness and light, just as the physical / human realms are filled with both darkness and light, just as the universe as a whole is filled with opposing polarities. The esoteric teachings behind becoming spiritually whole is to be able to integrate both the darkness and the light and see what good is emerging from an experience or seeing the light within the darkness. We can never understand good without evil or any opposing polarity without it’s opposites. To understand anything we have to experience it and both polarties have to be experienced before we can then integrate the opposing polarities together to become whole. As a shaman I work within mother earth’s and mother nature’s magical realms  for spiritual healing purposes and I have experiened both healing and destructive spirits in the magical realms. If fairies or any magical creatures wants to communicate with you and you ignore them or are confused about the communication process, the magical creature will persist until it finds away to get its message through, even if it does drive you to insanity in the process. At this point in time so that Mother Earth can ascend out of the present spiritually dead dark age that we live as apart of and move more light in to her bodies of consciousness the darker magical realms are being cleansed and purified of the lower vibrational magical creatures that are creating harm in Mother Earths bodies of consciousness. It all has to do with the completion of the last masculine 5126 year Creative Evolutionary Spiritual mass Conscious Cycle ending at the end of 2012 , and the overlap of the age of Pisece/ Virgo and Aquarius/Leo that we are presently living in  and where we are heading towards as we as a group mass consciousness evolve forward. I know that nobody will understand what I am talking about, but maybe one day you will look back and the lights will go on inside of you and you will understand.

Blessings and Love Starlady

You said it perfectly starlady....blessed be!!

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