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Keywords:

Nature, superstition, illusion

Description of this motif: Elves are in Andersen's oeuvre best known from the fairy tale "The Elf Mound", but are also represented in other tales, often as a part of supernatural sceneries.

Example :

The tale has not been translated (by Hersholt) and is therefore quoted in Danish. Further information and links.

(...) imellem Elverkrattet, saae man ved Fuldmaanens Skin, hvorledes Elverpigerne som lette Taager svingede sig i lystige Dandse, Elverkongen stod med en Sølv-Krone paa Hovedet, der skinnede med blaaligt Skjær i Maanelyset; dybt nede i Mosen legede Løgtemændene Tagfat om en lille Høi, hvor engang en hellig Munk havde nedmanet en Natteaand (...)

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