Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Today in our discussion, we talked about the different ways in which our perception of "Elves" has changed throughout history and from culture to culture. In Beowulf, Elves are perceived as among the evil races of ghosts, ogres, and monsters. Dr. Donovan also brought up the interesting concept of separating Elves into two categories; Good Elves and Dark Elves. If any of you have read any of the Forgotten Realms books by R.A. Salvatore, you will be familiar with this race of Dark Elves. These are the Drow, the evil race of Elves that lives below ground, and are affected adversely by light. They are an evil and corrupt race, venturing above ground only during the cover of night to raid and plunder. I find the connection between Salvatore's Drow and Dr. Donovan's description of the Norse Dark Elves quite intriguing.

1 comment:

Radagast said...

I think that it's interesting too how our definitions of certain things change over time. This happened with fairies too. Fairies used to be like evil, meddlesome things that messed with people (like in A Midsummer's Nights Dream). But today when we talk about fairies, we think of like Tinkerbell type fairies. Just another interesting thing that has changed meanings for different times.