Elves on the Brain: Chaucer, Old English, and elvish

  title={Elves on the Brain: Chaucer, Old English, and elvish},
  author={A. Hall},
  • A. Hall
  • Published 2006
  • History
  • Abstract: Because Chaucer, through the mouthpiece of Harry Bailey, described himself as elvish in line 703 of the prologue to The Tale of Sir Thopas, the precise meanings of the Middle English word elvish have attracted a fair amount of commentary. Besides a reassessment of previous work by J. A. Burrow in 1995, the word has recently enjoyed a thorough consideration by Richard Firth Green. Green emphasised that to understand the reference in the prologue to Sir Thopas, we must also consider… CONTINUE READING
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