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limBer:
... related to fairies in any way? Same question for gnomes as well.

PrescriptiveBarony:
Gnomes are lawn decorations.

Elves have long ears, but that's the only thing that is agreed upon by the trillions of different incarnations of elves.

Fairies replenish all life and can live indefinitely in bottles.

Torp v2.0:
Depends on who you ask.

Elves are an old germanic race supernatural beings or demi-gods. They feature in norse mythology, and are generally considered humanoids of great beauty. I'm quite unsure as to whether or not the old sources have any references to elves having long ears, but am inclined to believe that they don't, until such a proof can be found. It was these older sources, and not the early modern sources (that is, the 18th century and later) of the small, mischiveous ones, that Tolkien used as a base for his elves, which today is what we think of when we hear the word elf.

As with the small, mischiveous elves, the tiny winged fairies did not show up until the early modern period. Before that, they ranged quite a lot in apperance and kind, and the supernatural entities of Faerie in Neil Gaimans Sandman might be better examples of the "original" fae. I believe the fae to have come from south-western Europe, though they may just as well have been a corruption of the germanic fae that travelled to England through France.

So, the conclusion: I don't know. The two came to England, where they melted together, from very different sources, but that doesn't mean the sources of the sources of the sources weren't the same. I would not suppose they were originally related, apart from the fact that they both could possess some common traits (human-sized humanoids of above-average beauty).

Gnomes are Earth Elementals from alchemy, I've heard.

Fairies and elves became similar creatures as they

Outboundlight:
this thread is soooo rascist

Asor:

--- Quote from: Torp on October 04, 2006, 04:17:54 pm ---Depends on who you ask.

Elves are an old germanic race supernatural beings or demi-gods. They feature in norse mythology, and are generally considered humanoids of great beauty. I'm quite unsure as to whether or not the old sources have any references to elves having long ears, but am inclined to believe that they don't, until such a proof can be found. It was these older sources, and not the early modern sources (that is, the 18th century and later) of the small, mischiveous ones, that Tolkien used as a base for his elves, which today is what we think of when we hear the word elf.

As with the small, mischiveous elves, the tiny winged fairies did not show up until the early modern period. Before that, they ranged quite a lot in apperance and kind, and the supernatural entities of Faerie in Neil Gaimans Sandman might be better examples of the "original" fae. I believe the fae to have come from south-western Europe, though they may just as well have been a corruption of the germanic fae that travelled to England through France.

So, the conclusion: I don't know. The two came to England, where they melted together, from very different sources, but that doesn't mean the sources of the sources of the sources weren't the same. I would not suppose they were originally related, apart from the fact that they both could possess some common traits (human-sized humanoids of above-average beauty).

Gnomes are Earth Elementals from alchemy, I've heard.

Fairies and elves became similar creatures as they

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In finnish stories elves are usually beings that are smaller than human, but they posses god-like powers within their area of influence. Most elves guard or protect some area or something, like forest-elf, house-elf and so on. Some stories mix elves and gnomes with each other, forming the finnish traditional "tonttu", which are Santa's legendary helpers.
But yeah, I dont really have enough time to say more stuff, but im sure once Gravehill comes this way he will wtfpwn you guys with finnish elf-stuff.

Dont know much about how they are seen in other countries, but historical Finland elves were both feared and worshipped by the folks.

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