Beware of the Elf! A Note on the Evolving Meaning of Álfar

@article{Jakobsson2015BewareOT,
  title={Beware of the Elf! A Note on the Evolving Meaning of {\'A}lfar},
  author={{\'A}rmann Jakobsson},
  journal={Folklore},
  year={2015},
  volume={126},
  pages={215 - 223}
}
This article addresses the changing meaning of the word álfr (plural álfar) in Norse-Icelandic from the Middle Ages to the present day and notes that, contrary to the myth of a continuity in the Icelandic belief in elves propagated by popular journalism, this belief is framed within different paradigms of thought in different times. 
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