Found in British, Scandinavian, and Teutonic folklore, elves are tiny, human-shaped supernatural beings who resemble little old men.
However, elf maidens are considered to be young and very beautiful.
They live in communities or kingdoms, hidden in the hollows of trees, long burrows, or in mounds. They are ruled over by an elf king and queen.
Elves exert their powers over humans whenever they can, usually with mischievous intent.
When offended by humans they will take revenge by stealing babies, cattle, milk, and jewels, and they have been know to enchant the offender and hold them for years.
Elves emerge after sunset to dance in the moonlight, swim in shallow pools, and frolic in the woods.