From: João Simões Lopes Filho
----- Original Message -----From: lifeiscool86Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2003 2:45 AMSubject: [tied] ELF ETYMOLOGYELF 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?
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