Originally posted by AThousandYoung
I just read an article about elves:
I am especially interested in these topics: belief in elves compared and contrasted with belief in god(s); and the nature of elves from the perspective of theists who think they may exist or do exist.
Moi aussi, compadre.
Elves...where to begin.
Elves & gods. In Ireland, over the centuries, the gods dwindled to the Sidhe, becoming smaller of stature (3 foot). I don't know, though, if the Sidhe count as elves or are just miniature gods.
The Norse distinguished between lios alfar and svart alfar (light and dark elves). They lived independently of the mortal gods. The Icelandic elves are probably lios alfar, since the svart alfar favour unpleasant places (those tunnel people under New York city that were in the news a few years back spring to mind). They seem to be older spirits and less helpful. Nobody ever worshipped elves, although they might have propitiated them (perhaps the same act originally?). They are, I think, less corruptible than gods. Now don't go confusing them with fairies.