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.