From: João Simões Lopes Filho
Message: 25215
Date: 2003-08-20

Elf < *Albaz, Albiz < *albH- "white", cf. Sanskrit Rbhu- "three smith gods".  
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From: lifeiscool86
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2003 2:45 AM
Subject: [tied] ELF ETYMOLOGY


There's this article about Elves I found on the Net titled :
<<The True Elves of North-West Europe>>
<<by Leonid Korbachev>>
<<(The Unfallen Elves of J.R.R. Tolkien)>>
It explains the original Germanic and Celtic view on these mythic
beings -- he suggests that elves were originally perceived
as "tall", "superior to Men" and "supernaturally fair" beings -- as
evidenced by a host of Germanic names and old legends which pertain
to the ancient description of elves.

Well, is there an Proto-Indo-European etymology to the word <<elf>>.
As we know, it can be traced back to ancient Germanic cognates but
does this word occur in Proto-Indo-European or just a borrowing?

o... Germanic ELF, ALF; Latin ALB = fair?

Peace out,

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