Elves - Netflix

In Elves, Emily meets four magical elves and together they journey through Elvendale to find a way home.

Elves - Netflix

Type: Animation

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 2016-03-06

Elves - Dökkálfar and Ljósálfar - Netflix

In Norse mythology, Dökkálfar (Old Norse: Døkkálfar “Dark Elves”; singular Døkkálfr) and Ljósálfar (Old Norse for “Light Elves”, singular Ljósálfr) are two contrasting types of elves; the former dwell within the earth and are most swarthy, while the latter live in Álfheimr, and are “fairer than the sun to look at”. The Dökkálfar and the Ljósálfar are attested in the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, and in the late Old Norse poem Hrafnagaldr Óðins. Scholars have produced theories about the origin and implications of the dualistic concept.

Elves - Grimm's trinity - Netflix

Jacob Grimm surmised that the proto-elf (ursprünglich) was probably a “light-colored, white, good spirit” while the dwarfs may have been conceived as “black spirits” by relative comparison. But the “two classes of creatures were getting confounded,” and there arose a need to coin the term “light-elf” (ljósálfar, or hvítálfar — “white elves”) to refer to the “elves proper”. This was counterpart to the “dark-elf” (dökkálfar, or svartálfar — “black elves”). Preferring it over duality, Grimm postulated three kinds of elves (liosálfar, dockálfar, svartálfar) present in Norse mythology. But Grimm's “tripartite division” (as Shippey calls it) faced “trouble” in Snorri's statement that dark-elves were pitch-black, as this would lead to the “first reduction” that “dark-elves = black-elves.” As a solution, Grimm “pronounce[es] Snorri's statement fallacious,” and hypothesizes that “dark elves” were not really 'dark' but rather 'dingy' or 'pale'. And while conceding that “such a Trilogy still [lacks] decisive proof,” draws parallels from the white, brown and black subterranean in Pomeranian legend, and the white, pale, and black troops of spirits come to claim souls in the tale of Solomon and Marcolf.

Elves - References - Netflix