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Elves in Anglo-Saxon England : matters of belief, health, gender and identity

Author: Alaric Hall
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, ©2007.
Series: Anglo-Saxon studies, 8.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Anglo-Saxon elves (Old English alfe) are one of the best attested non-Christian beliefs in early medieval Europe. Current interpretations of the evidence, however, derive directly from outdated nineteenth-and early twentieth-century scholarship." "Integrating linguistic and textual approaches into an anthropologically-inspired framework, this book reassesses the full range of evidence relating to elves. With a new  Read more...
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Hall, Alaric.
Elves in Anglo-Saxon England.
Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)608294114
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alaric Hall
ISBN: 9781843832942 1843832941
OCLC Number: 124509829
Description: xi, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: A medieval Scandinavian context --
The earliest Anglo-Saxon evidence --
Female elves and beautiful elves --
Ælfe, illness and healing (1) : the 'elf-shot' conspiracy --
Ælfe, illness and healing (2) : ælfsiden --
Anglo-Saxon myth and gender --
Believing in early medieval history --
Appendix 1 : The linguistic history of elf --
Appendix 2 : Two non-elves.
Series Title: Anglo-Saxon studies, 8.
Responsibility: Alaric Hall.

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Elves and elf-belief during the Anglo-Saxon period are reassessed in this lively and provocative study.  Read more...

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