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The Hidden History of Elves and Dwarfs - Claude Lecouteux


Claude Lecouteux's The Hidden History of Elves and Dwarfs is a comprehensive and delightful exploration of the 'little people' of ancient Europe. Drawing on Germanic, Roman, Celtic and Medieval sources, the author shows how representations and concepts of Elves and Dwarfs changed over time, how people sought to propitiate them, and the magic and folklore with which they were entwined. Detailing their magical powers, smithcraft, and service with lords and heroes, he shows how much a part of everyday life they were before they were transformed by fairy tales and church texts into the mythical creatures we know today. A fascinating read for lovers of European mythology and folklore. 

Rochester: Inner Traditions, 2018. Hardback with dustjacket, xiii+226 pages. New.